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Design Like an Engineer: Exploring Gears and Motors (Ages 6 - 10)

  • MODA 1315 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309 US (map)

Motors, gears, and transmissions, oh my!  In this class, young engineers will explore the mechanics of their favorite forms of transportation, from bicycles and motorcycles to cars and trains. Young engineers will discover how these vehicles function from its most basic form the wheel, to gears and how motors can be incorporated to make a moving and functioning vehicle. We’ll look at different diagrams of varying mechanics used in vehicles, we’ll discuss what parts they have in commons and other various differences we explore varying types wheeled vehicles. Using this knowledge, young engineers will prototype and mock up their own models for creating working systems of gears and motors, that they will incorporate into their design.

Skills Learned:

  • Mechanical engineering concepts
  • Functionality of motors and gears
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Design Thinking Concepts
  • Mechanical systems and linkages

$35 for MODA members / $40 Non-Members
Fee also includes admission to our current exhibitions for the participant and 1 adult.


Leading this Studio:
Adriana Quispe, Design Educator

Adriana has a passion for incorporating design thinking into classrooms. At MODA, you can find Adriana innovating and managing the museum's free membership program for kids, Design Club, or supporting year-round campMODA initiatives from ideation to execution. With expertise in LEGO robotics, Adriana loves teaching user centered design to young budding designers.  

Cancellation policy: If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $10 processing fee per class. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or attend the event. MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If MODA cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.

Exemption Notice: This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program. For additional information, go to or call 404.657.5562.