Rube-Goldberg machines are defined by wikipedia as a “device, or apparatus deliberately over-engineered machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction.” Rube-Goldberg machines show the transfer of different kinds of energy in a variety of ways.
During Science Expo on Wednesday, May 25th our classes will be building their very own Rube-Goldberg machines. To get an idea of what these sorts of constructions look like, I’ve provided a few popular examples to view on YouTube below. Use these examples to identify some commonly used materials, tools and simple machines that you may want to bring it to put together your own Rube-Goldberg machine. Of course, we’ll want you to come up with different ideas too! More detailed information on the criteria for your machines will be provided as we get closer to Science Expo day!