Machines at Work (Virtual field trip and outreach box)

Last updated on
Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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 unit is divided into three parts that could last over a week. The first part includes an activity with wooden tools to investigate and explore simple machines. The second part is about compound machines and an assembly line (our salmon canning line) introduced through a workshop lead by an interpreter. The last part will be a classroom activity. Using their knowledge of simple and complex machines, students will design and draw their own assembly line. 

This unit includes:  

  • Unit designed entirely with Pre and Post activities, a workshop and a physical kit. 

  • Connection with Social Science   

  • Instructions with the Wooden simple machine toys (included in the physical kit).   

  • An online workshop of one hour with an Interpreter 

  • Multiples activities  

  • Historical photos and videos  

  • Kahoot quiz  

  • Two scavenger hunts  

  • Word search  

  • Support from Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society programs staff


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: 
    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.  

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

    • Support from our staff 

    • A coupon for each student to get 10% for any adult to visit the site (kids under 17 are free)  

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

    Additional Notes

    How to get this program:  

    • We will set up a time to pick up the kit and date for your workshop.  

    • You will receive all the instructions and the activities one week in advance.  

    • Free and safe pick up at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site from Monday to Sunday from 10-5 (or shipping at your own expense).  

    • Enjoy your kit for a week  

    • Schedule the workshop during the same week.  

    • Return the kit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.