Monte Vista Tech Lab
Our Mission is to learn 21st Century technology skills to the best of our ability. We will help
each other do this by following the tech lab rules, respecting each other and working hard. We
are caring, respectful and responsible tech users. We will be proactive, synergize and think
win-win so that we will be tomorrow’s leaders.
1. Enter the classroom quietly.
2. Login and Open Firefox and go to your classroom
3. Close lid of laptop and wait quietly for directions.
Through our Invention Convention
Use Technology Operations: Browser, Google Search,
Research and gather information
Be creative and innovative
ScienceStandard #3: Science and Society. Understand how
scientific discoveries, inventions, practices, and knowledge
influence, and are influenced by individuals and societies.
Benchmark #1: Explain how scientific discoveries and inventions
have changed individuals and societies.
Performance Objective 2: Describe how various technologies have
affected the lives of individuals.
Today you will:
You will be introduced to the Invention Convention
You will design and create your own invention using simple
Your machine will have practical applications: there will be a
good use for your machine
You will read about simple machines with the class
You will research the internet to learn about simple machines
You will take notes about simple machines
We will learn this vocabulary:
Six simple machines
Wheel, fulcrum, lever, pulley, inclined plane,
Famous inventors: Ford, Edison, Bell
Investigate and Create….
1. You will learn about the six simple machines:
fulcrum, wheel, pulley, lever, inclined plane,
2. You will read about one great inventor and
3. You will brainstorm how you can make your
life a little easier by inventing something
4. You will use at least two simple machines for
5. You will present your invention at the
Invention Convention on December 17, 2010.
Students will be introduced to the Invention Convention
Students will watch the Invent Now Video Examples:
Students will brainstorm ideas that will make their lives easier
Students will be given the steps to inventing and student ideas
Students will be given parent letter
Students will go to the Edhead’s site to do a simulation on Simple Machines
Students will go to library and check out library books on inventors and
Resources you may use:
Websites to help you invent:
Invent Now- Creative Examples of Student Inventors
Modern Marvels: Inventors and their Inventions
Leonardo's Mysterious Machinery
Websites on Leonardo Da Vinci
A Guide to Inventions
Build it Yourself Inventor’s Toolbox2
Famous Inventors Inventing a New Pencil
Edhead's Tool Shed Activity
Inventors and Inventions
Inventors Hall of Fame
More Inventions and Inventors
Invention at Play
Marvelous Machines: Simple Machine Experiments
Kids' Web Classroom Websites of Simple Machines
Brain Pop: Simple Machines