In this Instructable, I'll to show you how to build many projects that use a simple hydraulic system that kids in elementary school can build. It's like four Instructables combined into one!
(Project ratings are listed individually for each hydraulic machine.)
- By creating a simple hydraulic system, students will comprehend the basic mechanics behind hydraulics (transferring kinetic energy from one piston to another by pushing water through the tubing).
- Applying these hydraulic systems to simple machines will allow students to experientially understand how hydraulics can be used to power machinery.
- Building the simple machines will give students an understanding of how hinges and levers work.
- Finally, students will refine their critical thinking and motor skills as they build, test, and redesign their easy hydraulic machines.
These are the essential materials, but you could of course add to this list.
Craft sticks, craft cubes, cubes with holes, skewers (less than 1/8" diameter), 10ml plastic syringes (bulk), vinyl tubing, cable ties, tape, and hot glue.
First thing's first: How to make a hydraulic system