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Make some gears out of cardboard to learn how they work

Suitable For

Grade 4



Time Required

 <12 Hours



What’s it about?

‘Gears’ are special toothed wheels of varying sizes that work together in a set. Gears can work together to make things turn or work more quickly or more slowly. When a large gear wheel turn once, it can turn other smaller gears in the set several times. The number of times the smaller wheel turns depends on the number of teeth or ‘cogs’ each gear wheel has:

Topics covered

Gear, Transmission, Torque

What will I need?


Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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In this science experiment, one gear is used to change the speed of the other gears in the set also called a ‘transmission’. Gears are most often used in a similar configuration to provide a gear reduction in many motorized equipment. Gears can also be used to change the magnitude and direction of a power source. (View additional information in the e-book version…)

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