Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Standard 8


MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

Essential Questions:

What does a Rube Goldberg machine need to have to be considered successful?
What do you think some typical errors or design flaws will be?
How do you think the classroom environment will affect the working of the machines, and what needs to be taken into account during your design process?


We will be creating Rube Goldberg Machines as part of a design unit. The first step will be creating a rubric that will be used to score the students' own machines. Students will use examples of other Rube Goldberg Machines to understand the requirements of the problem. In small groups, students will draft rubrics that outline the criteria for the machines.Then, the class will work together to create the final rubric.

Resource: Rube Goldberg Machines


This video shows last year's National Rube Goldberg Machine winners, demonstrating their machine. Show to students and discuss what seem to be the parameters of a Rube Goldberg machine.

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