Rube Goldberg Projects

While the seventh graders were at Camp U-Nah-Li-Yah, the eighth grades and the sixth graders had their regular classes in the morning and worked on a project in the afternoon.  The project was to create a Rube Goldberg machine.  Who is Rube Goldberg, you ask?  They learned that also.  Rube Goldberg lived in the early 1900s.  His father wanted him to be an engineer, so he went to school to become an engineer.  However, Rube really wanted to become a writer/cartoonist, so he quit his job and got a job as a cartoonist.  Some of the cartoons he drew were really complicated machines to perform simple tasks.  Check out this link:

Here are some examples of the projects.  There were some groups that never had a successful completion, but it certainly wasn’t from lack of trying.  Instead, it was a lack of time.   It was great to see every student so actively involved and invested in a project.

Click here to watch some of the finished projects:
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Listen for the cheers or the groans at the end!