Rube Goldberg Machines
Rube Goldberg Machines
Rube Goldberg Machines
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For this challenge, you will build a Rube Goldberg machine. A Rube Goldberg Machine is a series of complicated, unique and fun chain reactions that result in completing a simple task. It relies on moving objects to create these chain reactions. Did you know that any object that is moving has what is called kinetic energy? Giving an object more speed means giving it more kinetic energy. Kinetic energy can be transferred from one object to another through a collision, like when one domino tips over into another domino. Even without a collision, objects can gain kinetic energy by falling down or rolling down a ramp. The goal of a Rube Goldberg machine is to find creative ways of making this type of energy transfer happen! What simple task might you carry out through complicated chain reactions? Turning ON/OFF a light, hitting the snooze button on an alarm clock, adding sugar to coffee?

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