Howard County Library
Rube Goldberg Challenge

cartoon image of bird sitting on perch about to pop balloonHow hard can it be to pop a balloon? Exactly as difficult and silly as a team of fourth and fifth grade students can contrive to make it!

Howard County Library System invites teams of students, led by a teacher advisor, to participate in this year’s Rube Goldberg Challenge. 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 will be taught at HCLS branches during the school year. (Wheels and Axles & Pulleys are offered in November.)

To accomplish the challenge of popping a balloon, students will:

  • Incorporate the use of a minimum of three different simple machines with the option of using all simple machines.
  • Record a video of their invention while it performs the task of popping a balloon.
  • Document how they used science, technology, engineering, and math in developing their machine.
  • Submit the video and documents to be judged.

Details are available here; deadline for registration is November 11.

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