Simple Machines

Here is an opportunity for you to utilize the resources of The Farmers’ Museum to facilitate classroom instruction of the Simple Machines curriculum.

Many tools that 1840s farmers used are in fact simple machines.  Citizens and farmers of upstate New York in the nineteenth century may not have viewed these machines through today’s language of physics; however, they did know that it allowed them to perform tasks and jobs they could not perform without the help they received from these tools and objects. This lesson utilizes the Farmers’ Museum collections to help understand Simple Machines and the life experience of farmers in 1845.