Glenn Rolf prepares to empty the cider press bucket, churned by Tarkio Elementary fifth graders, including Gabe Harms, Sydnee Bruns, and Kamryn Brown. All the students were able to give the old machine a “spin.”

Recently, the Tarkio Elementary 5th graders have been learning about simple machines in science class. The students were given the amazing opportunity to have a cider press come in and the students were allowed to have hands on experience in using multiple simple machines.
Glenn and Barb Rolf, their daughter Jessica, and her babies brought their cider press to the 5th grade class to teach and demonstrate the ways simple machines can work together to make apple cider. The press is approximately 100 years old and belonged to Glenn’s great-grandfather. The family would make apple cider and store it in the cellar. The press includes a crank, gear shaft, incline plane, lever, screw, wheel and axle.
Each child had the opportunity to work the simple machines involved in the process. Once they were done pressing apples, the Rolfs supplied two types of pulleys for the students to try as well. When the learning was complete, the students were treated to warm apple cider.