Making a Rube Goldberg Setup in the Classroom
February 6, 2014 5:17 AM Subscribe
I want to create a Rube Goldberg machine (or something like it) with my students. I am not the best at teaching hands-on stuff/doing experiments and things that involve design, so I am looking for help and suggestions.
posted by gursky to Education (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I teach grade 5 boys at a really tough school (major behavioural issues) where English is not the first language. My students learn Science in English so I use a lot of videos and games to keep them interested because the language barrier is particularly hard to deal with in Science. As part of a discussion of motion and continuous movement, I showed them the music video for This Too Shall Pass
by OK Go. They really liked the video and while I was caught up in their excitement, I said we could try to do something like that in class, though obviously on a much smaller scale.
And now I have no idea what I am supposed to do. One boy is bringing in dominoes, another is bringing in some cardboard tubing, some of them are bringing in toy cars, etc. What kinds of things should I bring in that might be helpful in putting something mildly entertaining together? I am willing to spend a little money to get supplies. Assume I have no supplies at school.
Any tips for making something that will relate to motion/energy/movement? Really, any information or suggestions will help. I'm worried that this will just turn out to be a huge waste of time.