What if you were an inventor? What might you invent?
The student may "use" as many other students as necessary to construct her/his invention. This will be a human sculpture-remember the "machines" we all made in improv class? It may or may not move, depending on the sophistication of the students and individual taste.
(Optional) The rest of the class tries to guess what the invention is for, or what it does.
Obviously this is nothing more than a context for a basic machine exercise. However, my younger students don't understand the machine game in the abstract. This lesson particularizes the concept and ties it to other learning.
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