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Rube Goldberg machines.

A Rube Goldberg machine is any complex contraption that uses a chain reaction to perform a simple task. HOW TO GET STARTED Start at the End Identify the simple task you want to achieve. You could turn off a light, open a door, pour a bowl of cereal, turn off an alarm clock, hammer a nail or pop a balloon. Be creative — and unique. Make a Plan Brainstorm a series of actions that will complete your task. Make a pin pop a balloon. Send a toy car down a ramp. Make dominoes fall. Draw a blueprint plan for what you expect to happen. The most important action will be the first step — that’s what starts the entire machine. Make sure your machine starts with a bang! Take a photo of your brainstorm and post it. Gather Your Materials You can use almost anything to create your Rube Goldberg machine. Here are some ideas: dominoes, fans, PVC pipe, magnets, duct tape, marbles, cups or bowls, miniature toy cars, paper towel tubes, string. Piece by Piece As you create your machine, follow your blueprint and place your materials where you think they need to be. Practice makes perfect, so don’t expect your Rube Goldberg machine to work perfectly the first time you try it. There will be plenty of trial and error — and that’s OK. Adjust your materials and keep at it. Take photos along the way as you build your machine. Post a video of your machine in action. You have the rest of the week to complete this task. Follow the link for more ideas

5th Grade, 4th Grade, 6th Grade, Home Learning
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