Learning Objective: Complete a product analysis using descriptive wording and full sentences.
Design brief/context: A Rube Goldberg Machine is a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated way, generally including a chain reaction. Your challenge over the next 4 weeks is to transform a range of household recyclable materials into a contraption that allows a ball (marble, tennis ball, orange, etc) to move from one end to the other and eventually hit a target/fall into a goal. Your finished Rube Goldberg Machine should include at least 3 stages/steps.
Task 1 – Research You should spend around 15 minutes on this task.
Your first task is to research into Rube Goldberg. Things to consider;
•Who was he?
•What was his job?
•What work is he famous for?
•What can you find out about Rube Goldberg machines?
•What makes a Rube Goldberg machine unique?
How to complete this task
It is completely up to you how you present your page, but if you’re not sure – use the blank template that follows as a starting point
REMEMBER – Any information you find over the internet needs to be written in your own words. Do not copy and paste!
Task 2 – Analysis You should spend around 25 minutes on this task.
Your second task is to analyse a video of a Rube Goldberg style machine. Things to consider;
Find a video that inspires you
Before writing your analysis to remind yourself about what ACCESS FM stands for.
You can use the writing frame below as a template.
- Remember to write in full sentences!
Click on the links below for a few examples – feel free to find your own one though!
Environment: How will you make sure that your machine is as environmentally friendly as possible?
Size: What length/height are you hoping to achieve with your machine? (Might be worth having a quick walk around the house to see where would be best to do this – e.g. it should be somewhere that doesn’t block a doorway/path).
Safety: How will you make sure your machine is as safe as possible to use?
Function: How will you know you’ve been successful at the end? What does your final machine need to do? How many ‘stages’ does it need to have?
Materials – What kind of materials are you hoping to use? (Be specific about what materials and how they’ll be used – e.g. cardboard tube as a tunnel).
This four week project will continue next week. Remember if you’re struggling with something you can email your DT teacher.