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Rube’s Goldberg

February 27, 2018 MakerSpace, Millennia World School
Rube’s Goldberg

A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overcomplicated fashion. Often, these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps.

Steps:

  1. Each student will be working individually
  2. Each individual machine will have a trigger that executes the action, and at the end, it should trigger the next person machine
  3. Discuss the order of the machines
  4. Discuss the trigger from the person before, and the person after you.
  5. Decide what work the machine will do (Make a cup of tea, Open the door, Bridge)
  6. Draw a layout of the machine
  7. Collect materials
  8. Build
  9. Test

Theory Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a scientist and cartoonist who produced satirical work on people’s overly complex problem-solving methods. In his comical cartoons, he linked together with chain reactions with simple machines to complete basic tasks, like turning on a lamp or frying an egg. Designing and building a Rube Goldberg machine requires innovation and patience. While every machine is different, many builders include versions of other people’s ideas, tweaking them or linking them in exciting ways.

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