Arms, Armor, and Simple Machines
In these teacher materials, students will discover 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 learn crucial terms that apply to knights, armor, and machines. Class resources in this lesson include Q and A about the lives of knights, a “Simple Machines in Your School” activity, and construction of a miniature catapult.