Playing with Simple Machines
2 Direct Instruction
Show Design Squad Nation’s "Chain Reaction Machine" video. Kids can get inspiration and procedural tips to help them get started building their own Rube Goldberg machines. In the video kids build simple machines, run into issues, iterate, and create a successful Rube Goldberg machine.
3 Guided Practice
In a collaborative group, have students apply basic physics principles to create a Rube Goldberg machine that performs a task. Some example tasks might include crack an egg, turn on a fan, dispense a treat, or turn off the light.
4 Independent Practice
Students will use Educreations to create a tutorial about how and why the group’s machine worked. They can annotate photos of their machine with narration or text.
Students extend the learning at home by solving contraption-building puzzles with the Rube Works app.