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.


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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