Students did a self-reflection of their Rube Goldberg Machine today (below)
Self Reflection of my Project
1. How did you come up with the idea for your project?
2. What do you see as the strengths of your device?
3. What was particularly important to you while you were completing your device?
4. What things did you struggle with while your were completing your project?
5. What was the most important thing you learned from completing this project?
6. What was the best thing that happened while you were working on this project?
7. What were some reactions your received from those who saw your project?
8. What advice would you give to someone just beginning this project?
9. What would your do differently, knowing what you now know about the project?
10. If you were given two weeks to improve on your project, what modifications or
extensions would you make?
For a fun assessment, students are listing all the simple machines they can find in the Holiday movie, Home Alone.
In class we've been learning about force and motion. Last week, students were introduced to Rube Goldberg machines(RGMs). RGMs use force, motion, and momentum to operate. Students were placed in groups and given the assignment to begin designing their own RGM. We will complete the RGM lab today and tomorrow. To finish out the week, we will be looking at our machines and discussing the energy transformations there in.
Check out these new RGM game websites I found!
More examples of RGM
RUBE GOLDBERG GAMES!!!!
Today in class we talked about the compound machines category of Rube Goldberg Machines. You may have seen these in a MythBusters spin-off show called "Unchained Reaction" or remember playing the game "Mouse Trap." These machines take imagination, planning and precision to create and complete successfully. We looked at several examples (below) and talked about the planning process. Students we randomly assigned to groups and tomorrow they will plan and practice their machines.
HOMEWORK: Complete the Rube Goldberg worksheet (attached below) using the website: http://www.rube-goldberg.com/
Here is an alternative site for answers: http://www.rubegoldberg.com/about
Part I: Name as many simple machine TYPES as you can remember from yesterday.
Part II: Draw a simple picture rendition of as many simple machine TYPES as you can remember from yesterday.
Part III: Identify 3 common objects that are examples of simple machines and label them correctly.
BONUS: Define "Compound Machine" using what you know about "Simple Machines"
BONUS II: What parts of your body act like simple and compound machines when you eat lunch?
Today we expanded our knowledge of simple machines and began looking at compound machines. At the end of class students watched a short DiscoveryEducation video which covered many topics involved in machines:
Next, I showed two short videos of Rube Goldberg machines (below):
AN ALTERNATIVE VERSION OF THE ABOVE VIDEO IS LOCATED AT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIGyVa5Xftw
Mrs. Tricia Hozie is a junior high and high school science teacher at Pinnacle Prep School in Texas.