Children’s Museum Houston

Classroom Curriculum

What's a Gear to Do?

Gears are a simple machine, which means they help you do work, but they can't do work for you.

That means there is a trade off -- you can either have more speed or more force, but not both. Whether you get more speed or more force depends on how you arrange your gears. Let's explore the Gears Table.

Mr. O’s “O Wow Moments” help you to become an scientist at home with hands-on, minds-on experiments and demos! Watch Mr. O every Saturday morning during the 7 a.m. news on Houston's KPRC Local 2 to see a new science demo you can try at home. Share your experiments with us on facebook and Instragram!