Friday, September 30, 2016

Engineering Challenge # 15 - Rube Goldberg Machine

You have the skills!  Now that you have completed over 14 machines, it's time to put all your designs together!

Your challenge is to create a Rube Goldberg machine that actually works!

What is a Rube Goldberg machine you ask?

Have you ever played the boardgame mousetrap?  Where you have to fill the laundry basket, which drops as it gets heavier, pulling on the string attached to it, that turns a gear with a handle - the handle knocks off a marble that slides down a track and comes to rest on a button.  The weight of the marble slowly pushes the button down which sets off another chain of events that eventually lower a cup down onto a mouse on the other side of the game board?  Well, then you've just designed a rube goldberg machine.

Your objective:  Create a Rube Goldberg machine that has a specific purpose - (i.e. catch a mouse)
Think of it like an old tom and jerry cartoon...what are all the causes and effects you can build?

Here are some pictures and links to get your started!