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Rube Goldberg Challenge

Energy transformations are a hard concept for many students. This lesson can be used to both inspire and challenge your students to demonstrate transformations. Based on the whimsical cartoons by Rube Goldberg in the early 1900's, illustrating complex machines to do simple tasks, this Challenge will allow students to use their knowledge and imaginations.
Using this lesson in your classroom

This lesson is best used after the class has experienced the Cat-traption lesson and seen some of the fantastic video clips of Rube Goldberg machines online. The lesson is designed as group work with a quick share-out at the end of the project.

Grade Level:
  • 9.1 D1-3
  • DINQ. 10