Curriculum and Lesson Plans

We asked teachers who have used Contraption Maker in their classroom to share their tried and tested lesson plans with us. Grab the latest curriculum and lesson plans for Contraption Maker here.

If you’re looking for detailed information on how to use the game, from creating machines to modding the game in JavaScript, check out our Getting Started with Contraption Maker page.

making-fireA Quick Introduction Lesson to Contraption Maker by Carl Hader, Grafton High School  

A simple, adaptable assignment where students go through Contraption Maker tutorials and finish by making their own simple contraptions. Great for engineering and design concepts. Worksheet ideas included.

Appropriate Level: middle school, high school students

winding contraption 2Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) on Energy by Aline Baissac and Nikita Brougher, River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School  

Explore NGSS science standard 4-PS3-3: Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.  Kids will develop theories about energy transfer in Contraption Maker’s digital sandbox, then create machines to test their theories in the real world.

Appropriate Level: 4th grade, elementary school students

Bowling BlenderCommon Core Math Simple Probability Lesson Plan by Ruby Marshall, Hagerman Elementary School

Explore Common Core 7.SP Statistics and Probability: Develop a probability model and use it to find probabilities of events. Compare probabilities from a model to observed frequencies; if the agreement is not good, explain possible sources of discrepancy. Students work in teams to determine how science and probability interact.

Appropriate Level: 7th grade, middle school students

Simple_MachinesSimple Machines Introduction by Douglas Klier, The Willows Community School

An introduction to simple machines and how they can work in complex systems. A student must use wheels, levers, pulleys, and inclined planes to create a Rube Goldberg machine with a stated goal. The more complex the better.

Appropriate Level: middle school students

Kaitlyn2Language Arts Lesson: Partners Building Machines by Kris Schwengel, Punahou School

A writing and reading comprehension lesson for ELA or foreign language study.  One student creates a machine and writes down all of the machine’s interactions.  Another student reads the description and attempts to re-create the original machine.  Kids explore how written language can be interpreted in many ways by different people.

Appropriate Level: elementary school students, foreign language study

Rube Goldberg Intro Lesson with 5 Assignments by Ng Peoy Kiong, et al., Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Students explore basic engineering and simple machines by learning how to complete concrete objectives with Contraption Maker.   The more complex the Rube Goldberg-esque interactions, the better.

Appropriate Level: high school, college students

Kahoot Contraption Maker Quiz by Mike Harvey, Falmouth Elementary School

Using the popular Kahoot quiz program, students guess the simple machine based on Contraption Maker parts in a Jeopardy-like contest.

Appropriate Level: elementary school, middle school students

We rely on teachers like you to share your tested curriculum ideas. If you’d like to share a Contraption Maker lesson with teachers around the world, email Deborah Fike, Director of Educational Outreach.