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Rube Goldberg Machines
September 5, 2016
Our summer program wrapped up last week with our littleBits class. This year, students were challenged to create Rube Goldberg machines using littleBits electronic components, dominoes, train tracks, Lego bricks and a variety of craft materials.
Rube Goldberg machines are contraptions which are designed to complete a simple task in an overly-complicated way. Students were asked to design a Rube Goldberg machine utilizing littleBits components, marble runs, domino lines and other materials. By starting their machines, students set in motion a chain reaction, with the ultimate goal of pouring a cup of beads into a paper funnel.
Four teams of 2-3 students set about completing the task, using littleBits sensors and motors to power moving parts. On Thursday, students got to demonstrate their Rube Goldberg machines in action, as well as share what they learned and talk about the challenges of the design, engineering and testing phases of their task.