Rube Goldberg Machine
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author. Rube Goldberg discovered difficult ways to achieve easy results. His cartoons were, as he said, symbols of man's capacity for exerting maximum effort to accomplish minimal results.
What is the project?
Your challenge for the Rube Goldberg Machine Project is to design, draw, and build a working apparatus using simple machines to perform a simple task like, turning on a light bulb, smashing a grape, popping popcorn, making a bowl of cereal, sealing an envelope, etc. There are potentially limitless options for what your machine could accomplish.
Use your imagination on the task and get it approved before building your contraption. You must have multiple "steps" in a series of “chain reactions” each setting off the next step without help from you.
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The scoring rubric is included here as well...
These videos are only intended to help students get ideas. That is all. They are not meant to show the students exactly what they must create for a good grade.