By Celeste Ramirez, Programming and Communications Head
On November 8th, MSC kicked off a new school year with a visit to Brockton Ave. Elementary school. We are so happy to be back!
During this lesson, we created Rube Goldberg machines, seemingly complicated creations that perform very simple tasks (like transferring a marble or ringing a bell).
Students manipulated different materials such as plastic cups, wire, string, ramps, bells, and zip ties and utilized varying machines and mechanisms including wheels and axles, inclined planes, and pulleys.
45 students were split into four groups; each team successfully built their very own, fully-functioning Rube Goldberg Machine, undergoing trial and error and learning Conservation of Momentum and Energy along the way. Students were able to expand their knowledge of kinetic and potential energy from last year’s Marshmallow and Hot Wheels Themed Camps.
A vlog is coming very soon, but for now, please enjoy the gallery below: