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Energy Transformation: Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge 5-Day PBL & STEM - PPT

Angela Willyerd
Grade Levels
5th - 9th
Formats Included
  • Zip
43 pages
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★ Top Selling Resource ★ Get students operating at a higher level of thinking with this Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge Unit! This product is a 5-Day PBL and STEM Project which allows students to create a Rube Goldberg-type machine using some basic materials provided by the teacher and materials from home. Students have the freedom to select which simple task their group's machine will achieve in a complicated way showcasing energy transformations.

Students will use one day to brainstorm, the second day to build and test their prototypes, the third and fourth days to create and rehearse their class presentations, and the fifth day is devoted to presenting. Students of all abilities are sure to understand the energy transformations taking place in their group's machine during this hands-on project. Make this project even more fun by presenting an incentive to the class winner for a friendly competition!

Included in this Package:
• Corresponding PowerPoint File with built-in timers (30 slides)
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• Student Project Handout (5 pages in pdf format)
• Project Rubric (1 page in pdf format)
• Detailed Lesson Plan with Differentiation and Assessment Plans (6 pages in pdf format)
• Voting Ballots for favorite machine (1 page with 4 cards per page in pdf format)

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Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge 5-Day PBL and STEM Project {Energy Transformation} by Angela Willyerd is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Total Pages
43 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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