Rube Thursday

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Happy Rube Thursday! It is a new thing I would like to start – a day to celebrate Rube Goldberg machines, the over-engineered contraptions that perform a very simple task. Think Mouse Trap game for this one. To kick off what I hope to become an online collection of Rube Goldberg machines, here’s a short video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VlEh-CPMss

 

Where Is Math? Tell us what you find! Here is what we see:

  • Algorithms. Each machine works step-by-step, doing different but connected things at each step.
  • Iterations. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
  • Applied math in physics: simple machines. Levers, inclined planes and more!
Send us photos and videos of your kids making Rube Goldberg machines.

 

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