Who is Rube Goldberg? What are Simple Machines? This class is all about the wonderfully wacky inspirations of Rube Goldberg- an inventor, cartoonist, and engineer of wild motion machines named after him. The sole purpose of these machines is to accomplish a simple job through multiple bizarre steps. Student inventors will work in small teams to design and create their own Rube Goldberg-style inventions, which will sharpen their skills in physics, creativity, and humor. Students will be challenged to create Rube Goldberg inventions (a series of simple machines that accomplish a simple task) using familiar and found objects such as ramps, rope, tubes, weights, balls, funnels, recyclables, and most importantly, lots of Duct tape. This class is dedicated to exploration, design, and fun with activities including the construction of massive domino chains, creating your own machines, and trying to build a better mousetrap. If you like drawing, art, engineering, and antics, this is the class that will keep your imagination in perpetual motion.