Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and inventor who lived from 1883 to 1970. The name “Rube Goldberg Machine” was coined based on machines he included in his cartoons. These machines were complex machines that performed a simple task in a complicated, indirect way. They often involve stringing together many simple machines like pulleys, levers, and inclined planes, along with other creative applications of physical force and motion.
Have you played the game Mousetrap? If so, you’ve used a Rube Goldberg Machine. You’ve also probably seen one in a movie, on TV, or via a viral video on YouTube. Here are some examples:
The Geneseo Public Library would love to see your best Rube Goldberg inventions. Create a machine at home, record a video of your machine in action, and share it with us!
The best way to find inspiration to look at some examples online. Ask your parent/guardian to help you search for videos of Rube Goldberg machines to get inspired.
Once you have some ideas, here are some tips to get started:
Check out these resources for ideas and tips for making your own machine: