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Make the simple complicated! Students design an invention in the imaginative style Rube Goldberg. Draw a self-operating chain reaction that shows students understand physics and mechanics.
Reuben Lucius Goldberg graduated with an engineering degree from the University of California. After 6 months of working at a water and sewers department, he changed his career and became a cartoonist. His cartoons were pictures of complicated inventions that did simple tasks. For example, he might have a 12-step process to use a napkin at the table. He also used odd materials such as pets, food items, clocks, and gears in his inventions.
Show some of Rube Goldberg’s famous cartoons of inventions to the class. What simple task does each accomplish? List the steps in the process. What equipment does Goldberg use? Which scientific principles---such as gravity, acceleration, momentum, and leverage---apply?
Students choose a simple task. Students need to think about how they could do this task in 10 or more steps. On white paper, use Crayola® Colored Pencils to list the steps involved in the process.
On more white paper, students use Crayola Twistables™, Washable Markers, and Colored Pencils to draw their invention. Label each part of the process with a letter, just like Goldberg did.
Ask students which principles of physics and mechanics apply to their invention? Students write the principles on their drawing. Students explain how the invention works to the class.
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