The Grade 8’s at Silvermine Academy have been learning about various components that create movement. They’ve been learning about basic structures and what makes a structure strong. They had to understand how to make a gear, how to create pulley system, how to identify what forces were acting on an object, what shapes withstand pressure etc. etc. etc.

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But finally after mountains of theory and background they were given the chance to put all they had learned into practise. They were given the task of creating a playground for young children in which they included equipment that actually moved using the knowledge they had gained. The Grade 8’s also needed to create a piece of playground equipment that was sturdy enough to handle the movement, and also the perceived pressure that a young child would exert onto it.

Some excellent projects were produced!

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