VEX IQ Curriculum - Simple Machines & Motion
This unit focuses on the most basic building blocks of design, simple machines, and motion. The basic knowledge of simple machines and motion allows students to better understand how things work, provides a foundation for designing mechanisms, and is the first step in learning the principles of mechanical design.
Simple Machines are tools used to make work easier. In science, work is defined as a force acting on an object to move it across a distance. Pushing, pulling, and lifting are common forms of work. A force is any push or pull that causes an object to change its position (movement), direction, or shape.