We are now several periods into our Rube Goldberg STEaM project. Students have worked to form groups, develop norms on how their group would work and make decisions, and selected a theme for their board. During the Rube Goldberg experience, teams will need to have at least 9 simple machines that work together to trigger each other with the last machine turning a page. Teams will need to complete little over a step a week to make our deadline prior to the Carroll University competition. Below, you will find a slides on what should be done at this point and pictures of previous years Rube Goldberg machines as a reference. Please ask your student about their progress on building their machines.
One of the simplest ways parents can work to support students during this process is to help them collect a variety of materials that can be found around the house. Containers, funnels, scraps of wood, plastic, or metal, and other things that are laying around can be turned into great simple machines. We have used the word reusables to help the students understand the types of materials they should be looking for their machine. As you have seen from the pictures of the previous year’s Rube Goldberg machines, it is about having the materials from which to build, even if the purpose is not clear right away. Students need to keep in mind that they cannot exceed spending $50 on their machine and in the past the most groups do not exceed $15, which is spent on paint.
Rube Goldberg Rules / Timeline / Carroll University
Part of the Rube Goldberg experience is the opportunity to participate in a regional competition. The competition will be at Carroll University on Friday, April 24th. Since it is during a school day, qualifying teams will be transported to and from the event. However, parents will be able to attend if they choose. Therefore to help parents monitor progress, we have set an outline for parents to follow. Below you will find the Rules and Calendar for Rube Goldberg project.