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November 03, 2022 09:00 AM EST - November 03, 2022 09:30 AM EST

STEM Activity: Shifting Gears…Exploring the Science of Gears

Gears are mechanical components that transfer a force between machine components in mechanical devices. They can change the direction of movement and/or increase the output speed based on their design and construction.

But how do they work? We’ll explore several different types of gears, investigate how gears work together to transfer energy, and invite students to participate in a problem-solving engineering challenge.

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Michael Comer

Michael Comer has taught middle school science before becoming a Science/Math consultant. His expertise is in providing rich, meaningful workshops that link the facets of inquiry teaching with hands-on learning.

In addition to his professional career, Michael has authored four books to support science teaching and learning. Developing Visual Literacy in Science K-8 highlights the importance of developing student’s strategies for interpreting graphical representations. STEM Lesson Essentials, STEM Lesson Guideposts and his latest work, STEM Teaching and Learning in the K-2 Classroom all focus on different instructional approaches for implementing STEM lessons into the classroom experience.

Michael has led many educational workshops on a range of topics in science and mathematics, helping educators embrace new standards and infuse more hands-on, problem-based learning experiences in their classroom practices.


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