This lab is a fun challenge that may be used in middle school and high school. It is based on the complicated machines that are utilized for simple tasks (Rube Goldbergs). The students are tasked todesign and create a machine that has at least 4 separate steps to move an empty soda can at least 1 foot.
Included in the lab are:
2 videos (Rube Goldberg examples)
Lab instruction sheet with task, process, competition instructions, analysis questions, pre-design project sketch sheet, post-design project sketch sheet, and a sheet where students explain the type of material and energy exchange that takes place at that particular step.