A Rube Goldberg machine is a crazy contraption that accomplishes a very simple task through a very complicated, or "over-engineered" process - one step causes the next, which causes the next, and so on. It is named after a Pulitzer-Prize winning American cartoonist who made this type of machine famous in his published cartoons. These multi-step machines are always ingenious, creative, a lot of fun to watch and even more fun to build! We love to make them during First-Friday enrichment sessions - fun for kids of all ages!
These machines lead to a lot of trial and error, teamwork, concentration, collaboration, AND a lot of expressions like this one on the kids' faces: