Simple Machine

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Project Snapshot

This is the easiest hydraulic-powered machine to build, and the project idea process is straightforward: create a hydraulic-powered hinge, and then customize its function.

 

And of course, learn about the science and engineering behind hydraulic power!

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Tools and Materials

The Engineering Creation Kit has everything you need for this project and many more from STEM Inventions, or get the supplies in bulk:

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Tips and Troubleshooting

If the machine isn't raising very high, then...

  • There may not be enough water in the syringes. Add water until there's a total of 10ml between both syringes (not including water in the tubing).

  • The syringe may be taped too high up on the upright structure. Make sure the syringe is empty and the moving piece is pointing down before taping.