Last week we reviewed simple machines and Newton's Laws, so it was time to jump in with our Rube Goldberg experiments. We got all our blocks and gadgets out and spent some time playing around with them to figure out what might work well. Depending on the age, the kids have to include a certain amount of the simple machines, so it could be very challenging for the older kids who have to have all but one of them somewhere in their set up. They also have to be able to talk about what laws of motion are at work in their experiments.
It was a busy afternoon in the schoolhouse. Very busy.