Rube Goldberg Challenge – DUE 17 Feb.

Rube Goldberg Home Challenge
Due: Wednesday 17 February 2010

Project Overview:
Students will learn how simple machines create useful devices we use in our daily lives. Students will create a new machine whose job will be to complete an everyday task. The key to their new machines is that it has to be a “Rube Goldberg” like in design. That is, they need to see how many different simple machines they can use to complete a simple everyday task.

When you slip on ice, your foot kicks paddle (A), lowering finger (B), snapping turtle (C) extends neck to bite finger, opening ice tongs (D) and dropping pillow (E), thus allowing you to fall on something soft.

Option One:
You can draw a “Rube Goldberg” style machine that uses at least 3 different types of simple machines to accomplish one task. Your drawings must include labels using ABC’s to show order of steps from start to finish.

Option Two:
You can build your own “Rube Goldberg” style machine out of different materials you have in your home. You must include at least 3 different types of simple machines in your design. You and your parents can take a picture or record your machine in action. You will need to record or write down the order of steps of your machine from start to finish.

You must use at least 3 different types of simple machines, but you may use as many of each as needed. Types of simple machines: levers, pulleys, inclined planes, screws, wedges, and wheel and axles.


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