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Rube-Goldberg Design

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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. 

Time Details: 

This can be completed at anytime during the competition

Cost Details: 

Cost depends on the materials. Classrooms can use recyclable materials to reduce cost.

People Details: 

Students can develop a Rube Goldberg on their own or work in a team.

Submission Details: 

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.
Activity Address: 
United States
39° 55' 6.3372" N, 75° 8' 11.958" W
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