Motion Commotion

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Ever wonder what it would be like to be Rube Goldberg for a day? Scholars learn about simple machines and how combining them creates complex machines in a STEM activity. They use everyday materials to build machines to ring a bell along the lines of Rube Goldberg's inventions.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners research Rube Goldberg inventions and present their favorite ones
  • Get pupils to brainstorm uses of simple machines in a journal entry
Classroom Considerations
  • Basic knowledge of physics concepts is beneficial
  • Requires scholars to think creatively
  • Includes questions to use during class discussions
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