Simple Machines by Tinybop


Explore the playful side of STEM! Experiment with six simple machines, discover how they work, and investigate the invisible forces behind them in this sandbox app.

Destroy a castle with a lever — but beware of the dragon! Make music in a pinball arcade with inclined planes. Send satellites into orbit with a set of pulleys. Lift sloshing fish tanks with screws. Travel through a wondrous world with a wheel and axle. Split an iceberg of mirrors with a wedge.

Integrates with STEM curriculum

Kids can alter and test each machine to learn about force and motion, actions and reactions, inputs and outputs, conservation of energy, mechanical advantages, and tradeoffs. A free downloadable companion to the app, the Simple Machines Handbook, highlights activities for demonstrating, making, and discussing simple machines.


  • Explore 6 simple machines: levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, wheel and axles, and screws.
  • Experiment with real world physics, actions and reactions, inputs and outputs. Learn about force and motion.
  • Investigate the physics at work behind each machine.
  • Integrates with STEM curriculums. Free worksheets available on our site.
  • Sophisticated sound design rewards experimentation.
  • Original artwork by James Gilleard.
  • Smart features use your device’s camera to bring your kids’ world into the app.
  • Free downloadable handbook with activities to support learning is available in 5 languages.
  • Intuitive, safe, and kid-friendly design.
  • Entertaining for kids and adults alike.

Privacy Policy

We take your and your child’s privacy seriously. We do not collect or share personal information about your child. We do not allow any third-party advertising.

If the camera, microphone, and other services are used in an app, your information is not collected or distributed outside of the app.

Read our complete privacy policy on our website.


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Compatible with iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6 Plus, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2, 3, mini, and Air. **This app is optimized for iPad 2 and iPhone 5 or higher. Requires iOS 7.0 or later.


Plan Price Details
Simple Machines by Tinybop $2.99 This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.


February 23, 2016

Simple Machines is a visually appealing, colorful app that lets students work with simple machines including: Lever Wheels Inclined plane Screw Wedge Pulley Students investigate each simple machine and a guide book gives teachers and parents some ideas along the way. The graphics are really neat and with a unique style to them.  It is clearly not a game and is mostly a learning tool. It should be used as part of a learning lesson in…

Read more » The Simple Machines App Adds a Real World Feel to Any Simple Machines Science Unit | Tech Tools Daily # 142

May 25, 2015

Since ancient times, people have made machines to make it easier to do work. The machines we use today have become more complex, yet they are composed of the same simple machines. Understanding how simple machines work is beneficial, especially when you consider the fact that we use these machines every day. Which is why we highly recommend this latest app from Brooklyn-based app maker Tinybop, Simple Machines. It’s a playful app in which you explore six simple machines and discover how they work behind the scenes. Simple Machines is a sandbox-style app with no specific goal to achieve or…

Read more » Kids Learn How Simple Machines Work in Tinybop’s Newest App