Simple Machines

Elementary (4-6)
Up to 50 students | 90 minutes

The type of whaling that operated out of New Bedford was powered by human muscle and wind. This difficult work was made easier by using simple machines. These machines could be found everywhere on a ship. This program will show students the many tools and simple machines that were used to form essential tasks.

Learning standards will be met as students:

  • Identify simple and compound machines used onboard a whaleship and a whale boat
  • Understand the importance of maritime industries
  • Hear the story of a Nantucket Sleighride told as a tale of interacting simple machines
  • Raise and lower a cask and boat sails