STEAM Challenge #1 – Engineering a Rube Goldberg Machine!

Engineering a Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg was a political cartoonist who also drew cartoons that showed simple tasks performed in convoluted, indirect ways. Today, engineering students around the country have turned his cartoons into a competition.  The idea is to create a chain reaction that accomplishes a simple task.  I this first school-wide STEAM Challenge, students will be asked to create a cause and effect piece that will fit into an overall set of chain reactions within a whole class Rube Goldberg Machine.

STEAM Challenge #1 – create a whole-class Rube Goldberg machine that reveals the STEAM theme –  “Communication”.


Click on the image below to learn more and to take you to the STEAM Challenge materials:

Click on the links below for the video folders and Google critique form:

7th grade video folder

8th grade video folder

Google form for critiquing Class Contraptions