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