text and art by Sylvia Spain
PERSIA: Harpo sees the pizza and starts running!
AKANE: This lowers the basket which pulls the rope and lifts the pizza out of the box.
PERSIA: The gears turn…
AKANE: …which generates electricity and turns on the light.
TEEGAN: I thought inventions were supposed to make things easier.
PERSIA: It's easy for us.
TEEGAN: How do you turn it off?
PERSIA AND AKANE: Hmmm—hadn't thought of that.
SQUIRREL (thinking): I don't think that will be a problem.
- Which simple machine is used most often in this invention?
- Describe how a lever is used in this invention.
- If the lever were removed from this machine, what other parts of the machine would need to change to make the invention work?