Rube Goldberg – Think In Terms of Systems (Enable Education Learning Challenge)

Throughout this series on simple machines, we have provided lesson plans, experiments, and classroom ideas to assist you in making engineering education a regular part of the classroom experience.

Activity 7: Enable Engineering Challenge

Using these lessons and the concepts learned within them, we challenge you and your learners to come up with your own Rube Goldberg Machine that looks like an amusement park ride.  Enhance your engineering education lessons and units by taking our challenge and creating a Rube Goldberg Machine.

Just a couple rules:

  • Make sure it includes 6 simple machines.
  • Make sure the learning taking place is hands-on and fun.

Send us your Rube Goldberg Machine ideas, plans, lessons, and progress pictures and impress us with your engineering education knowledge.  Be creative and create the best Rube Goldberg Machine we’ve seen!  Your work might even make our blog…

Matthew Dear

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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