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Describe the Activity:
Who is Rube Goldberg? He is best known for his "Inventions" cartoons, which use a string of outlandish tools, people, plants, and steps to accomplish everyday simple tasks in the most complicated way. It's a chain reaction that occurs to make something happen (think of the game mousetrap). Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg's drawings point out that people are often overwhelmed by over complicating their lives.
Materials to create simple machines. Be creative, use recycled materials when possible.
This can be completed at anytime during the competition
Cost depends on the materials. Classrooms can use recyclable materials to reduce cost.
Students can develop a Rube Goldberg on their own or work in a team.
One submission per project.
Outcome of the Activity:
• Design a device to solve simple everyday tasks that use maximum effort to achieve minimal results. • Build a compound machine out of a collection of simple machines.
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