1. Decide on an end goal.
A popular task is a balloon pop. My students are working on a machine that will roll a foam die. The possibilities are endless.
A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970).
To learn more about Rube Goldberg and his machines, check out this website. https://www.rubegoldberg.com/about/
2. Be resourceful.
One of the thoughts that can be the most daunting as you begin is, “What materials do I use?” The answer is simple. Use what you have, and figure it out as you go.
3. Start simple.
Once you get the basics down, combine elements and go for more intricate arrangements.
3. F.A.I.L.= First Attempt in Learning.
Of course, things don’t always go as planned! However, if at first you don’t succeed…try…try again!
5. Celebrate your success.
Post it on YouTube. Check out the “Swinging Ball of Doom!”
Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion explained with a bicycle.
For further explanation, examples, and experiments go to:
This is a great explanation of work, force, and simple machines. It uses both real world examples and graphics. Great as an introduction.
My students love watching Audri explain and test his monster trap. Audri’s enthusiasm is contagious. He explains the process well, and we all celebrate his success with him! Way to go Audri!
This example of a Rube Goldberg machine includes all six simple machines.
Gifted students are often overlooked in our education system as teachers struggle to meet the diverse needs in their classroom.
A Gifted Child Checklist for Teachers
A Gifted Child Checklist for Teachers may help to shed light on the often-missed characteristics of gifted students. In my checklist of ten gifted traits, facets and characteristics, the title of each is a link to a more in-depth article on that particular facet of the gifted student.
What if I told you they will both hit the ground at the exact same time? Would you believe me? Watch it happen!
To find out more about how & why read this:
Simple machines are just that. The simplest form of using one thing to accomplish something faster or better. A tool that makes work easier!
Which Greek philosopher first identified the incline plane?
Which simple machine was used by the Egyptians to help build the pyramids?
When was the wheel and axle first used by the Sumerians?
Find out the answers to these questions and more!