Design and Build a Rube Goldberg

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Let's see how complicated we can make this simple task. The last activity associated with a 10-part series has groups design and build a Rube Goldberg machine. Teams determine a simple task to accomplish and use the engineering design process to design a compound machine to do the task. Teams then demonstrates their machines.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the worksheet before starting the activity and after the lesson
  • Create a design process document to have the groups fill out and submit before the building stage of the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should understand simple and compound machines
  • The resource provides a suggested materials list
  • Includes pre-activity, during activity, and post-activity assessments
  • The plan does not say when to use the included worksheet
Common Core