Machines at Work online (Grade 4-6)

Last updated on
Friday, May 21st, 2021
Experience type: 
Virtual Field Trip
Program Description


  • Simple machines are the building blocks to complex machines 

  • Complex machines work in tandem to produce products 

  • Everyone and every machine have a part to play 

Description: This 60-minute online workshop is an interactive presentation about compound machines and an assembly line (the canning line) tour led by Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site programming staff. Students will take the roles as “detectives” and will explore three key complex machines.

This unit includes:  

  • Complete unit design (no need to add any extra work)
  • 60-minute workshop online (ZOOM)
  • Kahoot! quiz
  • An optional classroom kit (loaned) with wooden simple machines
  • Word search
  • Multiple activities
  • Two scavenger hunts
  • Historical photos and videos
  • Offered in English or in French

Bonus: A physical kit can be booked on loan for a week for no extra cost. It includes wooden replicas of simple machines. The kit must be picked up at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Steveston. Instructions will be included to help students deepen their knowledge on how the simple machines work.

Big Ideas
  • Machines are devices that transfer force and energy.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    4, 5, 6
    60 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Also Offered For: 
    Packages Provided: 
    Both Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Packages
    Fee Details
    Cost Per Student: 
    Fee Notes: 

    What are included in the price:  

    • $6.40 per student (taxes included) for a minimum of 15 students.  

    • A 60 minutes workshop

    • An entire unit planned, a physical kit (optional) and all the instructions sent online  

    • Support from our staff 

    • 15% off for any other school program booked within a year at the museum for the same teacher.