Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel
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Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel: With Engineering Activities for Kids

By Laura Perdew  
Illustrated by Micah Rauch

Why use a simple hand motion to wipe your mouth when you can build a machine to do it for you?

Toppling dominoes, rolling marbles, racing balloon cars, springing Read More

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Includes: Table of Contents | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology
Leveling: Ages 9-12 |Grade Level 4-6 |

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Why use a simple hand motion to wipe your mouth when you can build a machine to do it for you?

Toppling dominoes, rolling marbles, racing balloon cars, springing catapults, and whizzing zip-lines are all elements used to build Rube Goldberg machines in Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel with Engineering Activities for Kids. The book introduces kids ages 9-12 (and beyond!) to the wacky machines designed by Goldberg, which were based on complicated chain reactions used to accomplish very simple, sometimes ridiculous, tasks. Young engineers are invited to invent, design, create, and play as they make their own Rube Goldberg machines using the engineering design process and lots of imagination! while

Throughout Crazy Contraptions, hands-on STEM activities, contraption hints, essential questions, and links to online primary resources help readers learn the basics of force, work, motion, and simple machines, while exploring their creativity as they design and build their own crazy contraptions.

Crazy Contraptions is part of a set of two Build It Engineering books that explore the engineering technology behind our daily lives. The other titles in this series is Bots! Robotic Engineering with Makerspace Activities for Kids.

Try these hands-on engineering projects!

  • Turn on a CD player
  • Screw a lid on a jar
  • Pop a balloon
  • Make a zipline
  • Make a balloon car
  • Build a catapult

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction: Who Was this Rube Goldberg Guy?

Chapter One: Things You Should Probably Know Before You Get Started

Chapter Two: Inclined Planes

Build a simple inclined plane
Work with two or more inclined planes        

Chapter Three: Levers

Use dominos
Build a catapult
Ring a bell

Chapter Four: Wheels and Axles

Work with rolling logs
Make a balloon car
Use an inclined plane and a wheel and axle and a lever

Chapter Five: Pulleys

Raise a miniature flag
Make a zipline

Chapter Six: Wedges

Roll a set of dice
Turn the page of a book
Launch a boat

Chapter Seven: Screws

Turn on a CD player
Screw a lid on a jar
Pop a balloon

Chapter Eight: Go Big!

Make an over-sized contraption
Design a teeny-tiny contraption
Make a lot of noise

Glossary

Resources

Index