We use simple machines for everything. They are what makes the world go round. Using the Design Thinking Process and a lot of ingenuity, students will create a Rube Goldberg “What Happens Next” Machine. The project begins with an introduction to simple machines through a look at Rube Goldberg and machines based on his cartoons. From there, students will be guided through a brainstorming process to create their own Rube Goldberg inspired machine, create a prototype of the machine, test it out and make changes and produce a video showcasing the process. Along the way, students will gather evidence to turn in for all parts of the Design Thinking Process.
The teacher will guide the students through the process, helping them to:
*Define the problem
*Develop a prototype
*Test the solution and redesign based on feedback
*Reflect on the project as a whole
Throughout the process, students will have to work together to problem solve, troubleshoot and persevere in making changes and finding innovative solutions.
The project is naturally differentiated for students and can be used at any level. Students are encouraged to be caring community members, critical thinkers, creators, mindful reflectors and 21st-century learners.
This download includes:
*Teachers guide with links to Google Doc/Slide versions of all worksheets
*Slideshow with introduction and instructions to use throughout the project.
*Written project sheet for students
*Guided brainstorming worksheet for students.
*Post project student reflection sheet
*NGSS Engineering Design based grading rubric
From personal experience, teachers can count on a minimum of 6 hours of class time. This resource includes PDF, paper, and Google Drive compatible (for 1:1 classrooms or Google Classroom) versions.
Hope you and your students enjoy!