Physics students make things difficult on purpose


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May 15, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Rube Goldberg was best known for his political cartoons showing gadgets perform simple tasks in exorbitantly complicated ways. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 1948, and is the inspiration for Rube Goldberg Machines, devices created in honor of his drawings. 

Jessica Greenfield, a science teacher at Humboldt High School, created a semester-long project consisting of building such a machine in order to challenge her physics students to apply what they learned and help develop their engineering skills.  

?Even though Rube Goldberg Machines are often silly and impractical devices, they allow students to demonstrate their understanding of many physics principles and develop their engineering, time management and teamwork skills,? Greenfield said.

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