Monday, January 25, 2010

Rube Goldberg

Here is another contest that my friend Christina Duer has sent to me. It sounds like a very interesting event.


Machine Contest

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) brings the ideas of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Rube Goldberg's "invention" cartoons to life. This Olympics of Complexity is designed to pull students away from conventional problem-solving and push them into the endless chaos of imagination and intuitive thought. To be specific, groups are given an elementary challenge: something as simple as peeling an apple, sharpening a pencil, or putting toothpaste on a toothbrush. But instead of just "solving" the problem, students have to make the solution as complicated and as convoluted as possible. In fact, the more steps - there's a minimum of twenty - the better the Rube Goldberg Machine. And what a machine! An assemblage of ordinary objects, mechanical gadgets, and the oddest odds and ends are linked together and somehow get to the desired goal.

Dispense an Appropriate Amount of Hand Sanitizer into a Hand

Cradle of Aviation Museum,Garden City, NY

General public is invited to view the contest free of charge.
Cradle of Aviation Museum. One Davis Avenue, Garden City, New York. 11530

February 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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