In Year 5 this week the children have been inspired by the cartoonist and ‘inventor’ Rube Goldberg. Whilst the usual point of an invention is to make a difficult task easier, their focus was on making a simple task more complex and convoluted, but also much more fun! Rube Goldberg machines do just that and usually involve a series of contraptions that activate each other in sequence to complete something simple, e.g. turning on a light.
To learn how to create them, the children needed to study the six simple machines: screw, wedge, wheel and axle, pulley, lever and inclined plane. They practised using these and talking about their purpose. These would help with creating the various parts of the larger machine. Both classes also practised making miniature versions of a Rube Goldberg machine before getting into groups and creating a larger-scale model based on their own ideas. There was a lot of trial and error but they were proud of the finished article!
Finally, we must say well done to all those in Hazel and Sycamore who entered into the Superhero Gadget competition. Some of the entries blew our socks off and it was great to see such creativity and imagination across Year 5. Congratulations!