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Arms, Armor, and Simple Machines

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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Learn how simple machines (lever, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, screw, and wheel and axle) have played a part in the development of arms and armor. Using examples from the Cleveland Museum of Art's famed Armor Court, students will compare different types of armor and discover how they have been used in battle, sport and for ornamentation. Students will also be able to identify and apply simple machines in everyday objects.

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By Request: $145.00
By Request Premium: $130.00

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH
United States

Distance Learning at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows classes to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history, language arts, science, math and the visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive. Programs are designed for grades K-12 and are aligned with ODE academic standards.

Diane Cizek

Program Details


1.Intro clip of CMA & CMA Distance Learning
2.Introduction & overview of simple machines
3.Discussion of complex machines
4.Introduction to CMA Armor Court
5.Identifying simple machines in the armor court
6.Catapult Interactivity


Students will learn to recognize the six simple machines: lever, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, screw, and wheel and axle.
Students will identify simple machines found in suits of armor and various weapons.
Students will be able to compare different types of armor.
Students will understand how different types of armor were used in battle, sport and for ornamentation.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.