Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rube Goldberg?

I am thrilled with the bravery, confidence, and innovation that Mrs. Dawson's STEMS class has shown as they accomplish their first project for the school year. I am a little nervous that at one point and time I was being considered as the victim of their ALS Rube Goldberg machine that included a "bowling ball." With many drafts and collaborative efforts, the bowling ball has been scaled down to a medicine ball that releases a bucket that tips another bucket to pour the ice water. I feel much better now! Thank you to our Watch DOGS Coordinator, Jim Seeger, for his help with the construction of this project. Great job!

This is still a work in progress with multiple drawings, models, and drafts. The ultimate goal is to be able to use a Rube Goldberg machine to accomplish the ALS challenge. The students in Mrs. Dawson's class have worked relentlessly to accomplish this goal. There are so many skills, standards, concepts, and learning experiences related to this project. It makes me want to be the one under the final bucket receiving the cold and watery results. Stay tuned for the FINAL product!
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