Half Suit Armor, c. 1590. Etched Steel; 12-7/16 x 10-7/8 x8-1/2 in. John L. Severence Fund 1996.299
  • Half Suit Armor, c. 1590. Etched Steel; 12-7/16 x 10-7/8 x8-1/2 in. John L. Severence Fund 1996.299
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Arms, Armor, and Simple Machines

Grade Level: 
4-6
Student Level: 
Elementary

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

Program Format: 
  • Introduction & overview of simple machines.
  • Discussion of complex machines.
  • Introduction to CMA Armor Court.
  • Identifying simple and complex machines in suits of armor and weapons.
  • Catapult building activity.
Objectives: 
  • Students will learn to recognize the four simple machines: lever, pulley, inclined plane, 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.