Rube Goldberg – Keep Theory Under Control (Wheel & Axle Lesson)

Homework, or after school assignments, often take the form of worksheets and take- home readings.  This can work for many subject areas, but isn’t ideal for engineering education.  At Enable, we’re big on the idea that learning begins with doing.  With this in mind, we have developed an at-home experiment that will emphasize learning concepts and engage students in practical engineering exercises.

Activity 4: Wheel And Axle

The key to engineering education in the elementary levels is to not bog down your learners with theory.  An at- home experiment, given as a homework assignment or as an after class experiment, can boost learner knowledge by giving hands-on instruction and emphasize engineering education with learner-driven goals.   The experiment we’ve created revolves around Wheels and Axles.   This experiment can be done in class or at home, using simple, everyday materials.

Activity 4: Wheel & Axle Sample Sheet

Encourage your learners to think like engineers, even when they’re not in the classroom!  Have them modify their builds to go bigger, faster, and be stronger!

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Matthew Dear is the Senior Curriculum Developer at Enable Education. Matt combines his extensive experience of creating diverse courses and course materials with a desire to promote new and exciting learning strategies.  He also loves the Boston Red Sox, but don’t hold that against him.


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2 responses to “Rube Goldberg – Keep Theory Under Control (Wheel & Axle Lesson)

  1. Thank you for this experiment. I teach a STEAM class and plan to use
    this lesson either today or next week. I wondered what video is being
    referred to in the Activity?

    I appreciate the time and energy
    you put into encouraging STEM education! I can’t agree more that hands
    on learning is the key to STEM subjects! I have been enjoying my first
    year as a STEM educator and look forward to learning more as I go!
    Thanks!

  2. Thank you for this experiment. I teach a STEAM class and plan to use
    this lesson either today or next week. I wondered what video is being
    referred to in the Activity?

    I appreciate the time and energy
    you put into encouraging STEM education! I can’t agree more that hands
    on learning is the key to STEM subjects! I have been enjoying my first
    year as a STEM educator and look forward to learning more as I go!
    Thanks!

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