The Rube Goldberg Science Project

January 2004

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What is a Rube Goldberg machine? It is a machine that makes things far more complicated than they should be. What it does is take a very simple method, like sharpening a pencil or eating a banana, and make it hard. It is done by taking a group of ordinary objects and connecting them with a bunch of simple machines in a weird, but workable, way.  

Knowing what people know takes many forms. In this case, rather than a written science test, the students had a chance to combine what they learned in language arts, science and technology into an exciting and fun project. It allowed them:  @

Each child had the option to build a working model of their machine along with a poster. Every child constructed a web page which required them to take a digital picture and manipulate it. Please click on the child's name to the left to view each page. I have also included a project outline page. 

abbey ami brian brigham harrison jake
abbey ami brian brigham harrison jake
james jasmin jeff julie kendall mia
james jasmin jeff julie kendall mia
michael nastassja sean
michael nastassja sean

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