Oak Park Middle School
Decatur City Schools
After studying the six simple machines, students work in collaborative groups to research and then create Rube Goldberg machines. These machines must complete a simple task by utilizing each and all of the six simple machines working together to complete this task. Students may use any materials they can find to create the machine. Students will take digital pictures and/or video of their projects as they demonstrate them.
Aligned to the following ALEX lesson plan:
How to Make Something Simple...Hard
Content Areas: Science, Technology Education
Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:
[SC2015] PSC (9-12) 12: Design, build, and test the ability of a device (e.g., Rube Goldberg
devices, wind turbines, solar cells, solar ovens) to convert one form of energy
into another form of energy.*
National Science Teacher Association (NSTA): National Standard B for grades 5-8: As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of motions and forces.