We have been studying simple machines in class. Yesterday we learned how an inclined plane can make work easier and today we will be studying pulleys. This is a Rube Goldberg machine game that uses simple machines. What’s a Rube Goldberg machine?
A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970). Mousetrap is an example of a Rube Goldberg machine.
Here is a fun game that uses a Rube Goldberg as a security system:
Here’s a harder one if that was too easy for you! It uses a Rube Goldberg to bring you lunch: