Sponsored by: Friends of Howard County Library System
As part of the A+ Partners in Education initiative, HCLS and HCPSS
present the Rube Goldberg Challenge. Named after the Pulitzer Prize
winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author, the contest is offered to
school teams comprised of fourth and fifth grade Howard County
students. The students transform everyday materials into a wacky
innovative machine that accomplishes the given task. However, instead
of just "solving" the problem, students are charged with
making the solution as complicated and convoluted as possible. By
designing and building the machine, students incorporate science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts into their
creations. Simple machine classes were taught at HCLS branches during
the school year.
This year's challenge is to put
toothpaste on a toothbrush. To accomplish the challenge, students:
Rules and Requirements
- Incorporated the use of a minimum of three different simple machines with the option of using all simple machines.
- Recorded a video of their invention while it performs the task of putting toothpaste on a toothbrush.
- Documented how they used science, technology, engineering, and math in developing their machine.
- Submitted the video and documents for judging.
Intent to Participate Form
Registration deadline: December 6, 2013 (please note new date)
Awards Ceremony: May 13, 2014