Rube Goldberg Machine

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Rube Goldberg Machine. Photo Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/psuengineering/14991475438/

What is a Rube Goldberg machine? What does it do? How does it work? A Rube Goldberg Machine uses the domino affect; one action triggers the next. A brick could fall, causing a lever to raise and hit a platform, which causes a ball to roll… on and on.

Despite how complicated the machines are, they perform a simple task, like watering a plant or filling a cup with water. The machine above pours cereal into a bowl and adds milk to it. Overall, Rube Goldberg machines are amazing and a lot of work is put into it.

This relates to engineering because the engineering design process is used in all aspects of building this device. The person building it also has to use teamwork, building skills, and creativity.

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