Introduction: Easy Hydraulic Machines - Engineering Projects for Kids
This project is easy to build, and it allows young engineers to get hands-on experience with the power and delight of a hydraulic-powered mechanism.
For easier facilitation, you can fill the syringes with air instead of water. An air pressure-powered systems are called pneumatics.
You can find the lesson plan, 1-page project sheet, and more project ideas at STEM-Inventions.com
The Engineering Creation Kit has everything you need for this project and many more from STEM Inventions.
- Craft sticks
- Craft cubes (Bulk pack)
- Craft cubes with holes (Bulk pack)
- 1/8" dowels
- Wheels (Bulk pack)
- Cable ties
- Masking tape
- Hot glue gun with safety nozzle
- Hot glue sticks
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Step 1: Hydraulic Box
Step 2: Hydraulic Drawbridge
The hydraulic bridge project was originally conceived by a student named Daniel H.D. Thanks Daniel!
Step 3: Hydraulic Fortune Teller
The hydraulic fortune teller uses the same mechanics as the Judobot to achieve 3-dimensional movement, however this project is easier to build because it doesn't need to be thoroughly designed to battle. I like the idea of a fortune teller, but the face can be replaced with other things to create a variety of projects: a catapult arm, a serving basket, cannon.... be creative!
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