Friday, December 7, 2012

Machines, Work, and Rube Goldberg Machines

During a recent unit of study 6th grade students investigated simple machines by building a Rube Goldberg Device. A Rube Goldberg Device is a deliberately over-engineered machine that performs a very simple task. Students applied their understanding of levers, wheels and axles, inclined planes, wedges, and pulleys to create a machine that turned on a calculator.

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