STEAM Program-Build a Marble Roller Coaster and Simple Rube Goldberg Machine on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

We are going to have a lot of marble fun at the next STEAM program on Tuesday, January 26 at 4 pm.  Watch the pre-recorded program at https://www.facebook.com/sccld.  No registration is required.  Go back to this Facebook posting any time to watch the program again and again!

Four activities will be featured:

     Marble Run-Make a maze and/or build a big marble run ramp!

     Marble Momentum-See how energy can move through four marbles to move the fifth marble!

     Marble Roller Coaster-Learn how to make a loop-de-loop roller coaster with pipe insulation.

     Simple Rube Goldberg Machine-Create a chain reaction to complete a task!  

We will learn a little about gravity, momentum, potential energy, kinetic energy, and friction as we are working on these projects.

To prepare for the program, pull out some recycled materials and toys.  Here are some supplies you may want to use:

Marble Run-Marble, cardboard boxes with sides, craft sticks, Playdough, paper towel tubes, glue, tape

Marble Momentum-7 marbles, 2 yard sticks

Marble Roller Coaster-Pipe insulation cut in half (so marble can easily roll) or cardstock paper, marble, painter's tape, duct tape, plastic cup

Simple Rube Goldberg Machine-Small toy car, dominoes, tennis ball, rubber ball, golf ball, hot wheels track, train track, books (to make ramps), wooden blocks, bell, aluminum foil, plastic containers, soup cans, batteries, Legos, bowl, cup, milk carton, string

Use whatever materials you can find!  There is no right or wrong way to make these projects.

To learn a little about Rube Goldberg machines, see the following books:

Just Like Rube Goldberg-The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines by Sarah Aronson

Rube Goldberg was a real cartoonist who got really, really famous by inventing a whole lot of crazy, brilliant, impractical, funny stuff.

Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day by Jennifer George

Follows a young Rube Goldberg from morning until night as he uses one complicated invention after another to "simplify" his life.

Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines-How to Make Crazy Contraptions Using Everyday Stuff by Paul Long

This entertaining and instructive book by mechanical engineer and educator Paul Long gives step-by-step instructions for making low-tech devices using everyday objects in inspired and ingenious ways.  This may be a little advanced for beginners.

For books with other experiments, check out these books:

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Experiments with Motion by Susan Heinrichs Gray

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What Are Forces and Motion? by Richard Spilsbury

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Science Experiments with Gravity and Motion by Alex Kuskowski

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Experiments with Friction by Salvatore Tocci

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