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Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine

 

Imagine this: Your online school student drops a marble into a paper towel tube chute. The marble slides down and hits a chain of dominoes. The dominoes fall, and the final one hits a small toy car. The car pushes a dog treat off the edge of the table. Success! The family dog snatches up the treat when it falls to the floor.

This is an example of a Rube Goldberg machine, a complex contraption designed to achieve a simple task. It’s actually listed in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as an adjective: “doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary.”

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How to Make a Rube Goldberg Machine

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ENGINEERING KIDS | RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE

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The best Rube Goldberg machines

Feast your eyes on the wildest, most elaborate Rube Goldberg machines ever built

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