On Thursday, February 22, Bryant Ranch School GATE students got to show off months of work as they presented their Rube Goldberg machines to parents, teachers, and families of incoming GATE students.
You may ask, is a Rube Goldberg machine? According to Wonderopolis, “The self-operating napkin is a famous cartoon that sums up what Rube Goldberg machines are all about: creating a machine (or contraption or invention or device or apparatus) that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task in a very complicated manner.”
Prior to this culminating event, students had studied simple machinery and were given tasks to complete with each type of simple machine, building up to more complex tasks, and ultimately their own Rube Goldberg machine. Students worked in cooperative groups to complete projects that included building a machine to pour cereal, pour water, crack an egg, pop a balloon, and push a button.
Great job, Explorers!