Mosaic Monday - Rube Goldberg Machine and Competition

We spent Saturday morning with my son's 5th grade class at a Rube Goldberg competition. If you aren't familiar with the concept of a Rube Goldberg machine, it is a complex device with numerous steps which performs a simple task. If you played the Mousetrap board game, you've assembled a Rube Goldberg-type machine.

My son's class has been working on this machine for over a month and all the hard work of designing, testing, re-designing, re-testing, writing a technical report, designing brochures, T-shirts, and posters culminated in the local competition where they competed against 5 other machines.

The purpose - create a machine to open the cover and the first page of a book. The machine must also be designed around a theme, complete with a backstory.

Our class decided on a Medieval theme and built it as a large Castle, complete with moat, dragon, princess and brave prince. The machine itself used ramps, dominos, levers, a pendulum and a mouse trap to open the book and turn the page.

The Rube Goldberg Competition

Will Be Knocked Down

Aligning Up

We were pleased that the machine worked during the competition and the team took first place! They advance to a regional competition in two weeks.

Today's mosaic is linked to Mary at Mosaic Monday She has beautiful spring hyacinths featured today.

Genie  – (February 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM)  

Shirley..This is the most precious post. I have taught school since the horse and buggy days, so your mosaic and other shots today have put a huge smile on my face. Your lighting is perfect and your colors are just bursting off the canvas of my computer screen. I feel like I am there will all of you enjoying the competition. Happy MM to you and the family.

Snap  – (February 27, 2011 at 8:41 PM)  

What a wonderful post! All those cute kids!

Francisca  – (February 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM)  

This is so great... I think I missed out something my early schooling. If I'd done fun projects like this maybe I'd have a better head for science. Nice report, Shirley!

Meri  – (February 28, 2011 at 5:45 PM)  

Well done, Class! Good luck at the next step of the competition.

aipingplum  – (March 1, 2011 at 6:05 PM)  

Aw, I remember doing this as a kid! I did a fingernail painting machine. :)

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