I was talking to my business school roommate, Marc Parrish, the other day and he told me about his girlfriend’s son’s 5th grade science project (which seemed too advanced for most parents, let alone kids!). I blogged about my son’s 5th grade Cloud Science Poster so I was blown away that the elementary schools in Silicon Valley assign kids to construct a Rube Goldberg machine as homework.
Luckily, my roommate Marc studied mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, so he was exactly the right person to help! Together, Marc and Alex created this amazing Rube Goldberg machine which took about 2+ hours and used mostly common household materials.
Marc told me that Alex was assigned certain specifications. Their Rube Goldberg machine had to include four simple machines: a screw, lever, pulley and inclined plane. My son also studied simple machines as part of his 5th grade science curriculum but our school hires an outside company (paid for through the PTO) to come to his class for a hands on learning module.
Want more interesting links on Rube Goldberg machines to try this at home?