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Mon, Aug 09



Rube Goldberg Inspired STEM Challenge

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Rube Goldberg Inspired STEM Challenge
Rube Goldberg Inspired STEM Challenge

Time & Location

Aug 09, 2021, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Nutley, 175 Franklin Ave, Nutley, NJ 07110, USA

About the Event

Named after an American cartoonist, a Rube Goldberg machine is a chain reaction-type machine or contraption intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Usually, these machines consist of a series of simple unrelated devices; the action of each triggers the initiation of the next, eventually resulting in achieving a stated goal.

As a group, we will challenge ourselves to create the coolest, most complex, and unnecessary contraption. With simple machines (Lever, Pulley, Incline Plane, Wheel + Axle, Wedge, Screw) in mind, we will be using a combination of found and upcycled objects, as well as fabricating parts as necessary using our in house laser cutter and/or 3D printer. A wide array of tools will be available as well.

Makers in this class will experience team project building, the importance of task completion, and the artistry of energy transfer as we construct our machine in a true "Rube Goldberg” fashion.

Tool safety will be taught and enforced through this creation session. Light snacks and bottled water will be provided.


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