When I'm not engaged on a project, I actively give Rube Goldberg presentations to schools and groups promoting the STEM/STEAM application of mine & Rube's work.
The presentation is titled "The Who, What, and Why Behind Rube Goldberg" and is tailored for any age group from Kindergarten to College students (and certainly entertaining for adults too)!
The goals for the day 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. Having it end up being 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
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 (including a hands-on experience with a working Tesla Coil featured in several of my videos)
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
(Note: this activity requires the students to be engaged for ½ to full school day and should be planned far enough in advance of presentation)