Sun. June 10, 2012 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ticketed event: $30.00
A Rube Goldberg machine is a chain reaction contraption that completes a simple task in an overly complex way. In the Rube Goldbergineering (RG) design program, students are challenged with learning and applying the Boston Museum of Science Engineering is Elementary® engineering design process to design and build a Rube Goldberg machine. In addition, the program embeds students in local or geographically distributed teams to expose them to other cultures, improve the quality and quantity of their design communication, and simulate a trans-national engineering and manufacturing environment. Machines designed by geographically distributed teams have the added constraint that their parts must connect together across camp sites using communication technology, resulting in machines that start at one site, progress through a number of complex intermediate steps, and culminate by completing the simple task such as popping a balloon at the final site.
This hands-on workshop will begin with a brief background on Rube Goldberg machines and competitions. The Rube Goldbergineering curriculum and the results of the research on the impact of the program will be presented, followed by a review of the Boston Museum of Science Engineering is Elementary Engineering Design Process. Participants will be given the opportunity to engage in a Rube Goldberg machine design activity, followed by a time to share their critiques and participate in discussions about how these activities can be adapted for use in middle and high school classrooms or outreach programs. Finally, participants will receive sample curriculum resources for use in their programs.