|Name of Activity||Rube Goldberg Machine|
|Keywords||Goldberg Machine, engineering design, planning, Simple Machines, Engineering Design Process|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+|
|Time||4 Hours Total|
|Brief Description||Students will use any type of LEGO or non-LEGO kit to build a Rube Goldberg Machine. This activity works well as a final project.|
|Lesson Objectives:||– To learn about engineering design.
– To learn how to work together as a class to put together a final project.
– To use previous knowledge to accomplish a new task.
|Materials Needed:||– Any type of LEGO or non-LEGO kit.
– Easel with plenty of paper for planning.
– Any materials that the class specifies they will need for their machine.
|Preparation and Set Up:||– Arrange students into groups (or let students arrange themselves into groups).
– Set up an easel for painting.
|Necessary Background||Rube Goldberg was an American inventor and cartoonist who was famous for drawing pictures of complex machines that performed simple tasks in very round-about ways.
The Rube Goldberg machines that students will be creating are a series of simple machines that work together to perform a simple task. This task can be to open a door, play a sound, turn on a light etc.
|Extensions or Modifications:||– Make a poster advertising either one part or the whole Rube Goldberg machine.
– Add additional parts to the machine.