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Famous People: Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and a sculpture. Learn about his life and works. There are information about Rube Goldberg’s contest including history and tradition as well as videos of previous winning inventions. Includes lesson plans, hand-on activities, and an interactive game. There are also links to eThemes Resources on simple machines for beginner and advanced.


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This is an official website of Rube Goldberg. Click "About Rube" to read his biography and click "Machine Contest" to find information about the contest and its history.
Read an interview transcript of Rube Goldberg talking about his exhibition and work as well as how he became a cartoonist and a sculpture.
View showcase videos of selected teams participating in 2004 Argonne Rube Goldberg machine contest. Includes safety tips and contest background.
Learn more about the Rube Goldberg contest and watch a video clip of 2008 winning team talking about their machine and experience.
Watch videos from 2008 Machine Contest. Includes Goldberg's biography, contest history, and tradition. NOTE: This site has links to external websites.
Play an online version creating a Rube Goldberg simple machine. The goal is to adjust some parts of the machine to get a burger onto the tray and send it rolling.
Here are hand-on activities for building inventions designed by Goldberg.
In this lesson plan, students use examples of Goldberg's works and the design their own simple machines.
In this lesson, students learn the differences between inventions and innovations.
These resources explore the basics of simple machines: pulleys, wheel and axle, inclined planes, wedges, screws, and levers. Includes animations, online quizzes, hands on activities, experiments, lesson plans, and a word puzzle. There is a link to an eThemes resource on Advanced Simple Machines.
These sites include interactive models of machines such as levers and pulley systems. Explains basic concepts of physics such as mechanics, gravity, effort, resistance, work, torque, friction, and motion. Includes lesson plans, laboratory exercises, and experiments. There is a link to an eThemes resource on simple machines for beginners.

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