Today, we asked students to send parents a picture of their Rube Goldberg project at this point. If you did not get this image, please ask your student to share it with you. Students should have about 3 steps completed and functioning with the last step flipping their switch. We have 5 weeks to go and groups should have a minimum of 8 function steps by the end of the project. Below we have included images of projects that are making good progress along with a link to a Rube Goldberg machine for reference. Remember, groups can always bring in materials at any time!
The Rube Goldberg class is now several weeks into the project and steps are now starting to form. Students have been bringing in a wide variety of materials to help build their machines. We encourage students to “just bring it in" if it fits their theme, even if they do not know how they might use it. Successful groups have a variety of materials, because they can brainstorm with the materials on hand and make adjustments on the fly. Below you will find images of early Rube Goldberg machine development. Please ask your student how they are progressing on their machine.
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 8 simple machines that work together to trigger each other with the last machine flipping a switch. Teams will need to complete little over a step a week to make our deadline prior to the WCTC 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. 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 / WCTC
Part of the Rube Goldberg experience is the opportunity to participate in a regional competition. The competition will be at WCTC in Pewaukee on Friday, April 12th. 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.