When I'm not engaged on a project, I actively give Rube Goldberg presentations and build workshops which promote the STEM application of mine & Rube's work. Perfect for schools of any grade level, summer camps, or groups from any background.
Workshops range from 1, 2, or 3 hour long sessions and are perfect for any level of build experience!
Presentations are tailored to suit any desired age group from Kindergarten to College students, and certainly entertaining for adults too!
The goals for the presentation are:
Note: For those interested in a larger assembly, it certainly doesn't have to be just the class(es) learning about Rube Goldberg at that very moment. A whole school assembly leaves the entire school buzzing and excited to potentially study the subject in the future!
University of Edinburgh School of Engineering - Scotland, UK
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium - St. Johnsbury, VT
Children's Museum of NH, MakerFest - Dover, NH
Wicked STEM Northern New England STEM Expo - Milford, NH
Get Tech Smart - Hudson, NH
Woodland Community School - Bethlehem, NH
Fun Factory Camp - Newtown, PA
Griffin Memorial School - Litchfield, NH
Polaris Charter School - Manchester, NH
Amesbury Middle School - Amesbury, MA
Peter Woodbury Elementary - Bedford, NH
University of Maine, Fort Kent Campus
Richard Maghakian Memorial School, Brookline NH
Discussion of the intricacies of the machines often missed in the videos (via walkthroughs and never-before-seen videos)
Walk students through the process of how these machines are created, as well as explain why understanding the Rube Goldberg process can expand their problem-solving abilities,
Whether it be simply a writing activity, or a full hands-on activity, both are designed to challenge students to first think individually on how to solve a problem, then later work collaboratively with their peers to enact the solution.
Demonstration of real world examples of the 6 simple machines (used in my own projects), as well as examples of different types of energy transfers. Hands-on experience with a working Tesla Coil featured in several of my videos is available, along with a portable Rube Goldberg machine!
Introduce students and educators to the Rube Works video game where students can build their own machines in the same style as Rube himself (but without the mess)!
Organize a building exercise where students get to build their own mini-machines.
Task, materials and instructions fully provided to achieve the best chance of success!