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5th Grade TAG Students Create Rube Goldberg Machines

Posted Date: 03/09/2020

5th Grade TAG Students Create Rube Goldberg Machines

Students in Mrs. Barnard’s 5th grade TAG class have been learning about Rube Goldberg machines as they begin their unit on Toy Inventions.  The purpose of learning about Rube Goldberg is because these machines take ordinary objects and combine them together to create something new (like in the article’s picture).

The expression is named after the American cartoonist Rube Goldberg whose cartoons often depicted devices that performed simple tasks in indirect convoluted ways.

RUBE GOLDBERG (1883-1970) was a cartoonist, an inventor, and the only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. Of the nearly 50,000 cartoons he drew in his lifetime, Rube is best known for the zany contraptions of Professor Butts. These inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible.

Rube Goldberg lives on in pop culture and is referenced daily in both print and digital media. His name is searchable, hash-taggable, and at best viral. But nowhere is his legacy more celebrated than through the competitions that bear his name.

To learn more about Rube or about the RGM competitions, click HERE.