Welcome to another week of the Love to Learn Linky! One of the things I love so much about this linky is all the ideas I get. This week I got really inspired by a couple of Rube Goldberg posts from the Brain Power Boy blog and it resulted in 2 days worth of engineering fun for me and Onetime.
Today – we’re sharing with you our creation – the “Auto Helicopter Machine!” – along with all our trials and tribulations with the hope that you might try out this amazingly educational and FUN activity with your kids too!
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So what is a Rube Goldberg machine anyway? According to the Official Rube Goldberg Machine Contest website it is a “comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation.”
It sounds a little daunting at first, I know…but realistically, you can make a machine as complicated as you want (or not) and the best part is – all you need are things from around the house (as you will see in our video below!)
Before I show you our video, I want to mention again that the inspiration for our project came from two posts from the Brain Power Boy blog. Between these 2 posts, you will find everything you need to get started making a Rube Goldberg machine with your child/children – just like we did.
In the post Play and Learn with Rube Goldberg Machines, you will find games, apps, recommended books and toys as well as some links to resources that will help you get started.
In the post Rube Goldberg Videos, you will find 8 videos that will get your child super-inspired to make a machine of their own. Onetime had a blast watching these (as did I!) and wanted to make one of his own right away!
Okay – without further adieu, here is One Time Through’s second official video (now available on our new You Tube channel! Yay!) – or right here for your enjoyment.
Hope you enjoyed watching our fun!
We may have gone a little overboard – after all, our machine filled our entire living room – and it took 2 days of tinkering to complete – but Onetime was right there highly interested the entire time – so why not go with it!?
And by the way, the perfectionist in me has to just say that every part of our machine did actually work – just not all at the same time – and with a trigger happy kid who kept starting the machine before I got the camera ready or a last part in place – it was never going to get caught on video – and I accepted that! LOL.
Onetime learned a whole lot from setting this whole thing up with me though.
Although I came up with the ideas, he helped me collect the items from around the house, helped build the Tinkertoy parts, the marble run contraption, and the Elenco Electronic Snap Circuits, Jr. Kit component at the end that when disconnected – let the helicopter fly.
He also got lots of hands-on time investigating our bucket pulley system (which unfortunately got triggered early in our video and so didn’t get caught on tape) – and the levers that when triggered let the toilet paper “flag” roll out – and which tapped the final circuit off.
Our machine probably would not have been quite as fun without the Tinkertoy Super Building Set, marble run (we used the Migoga brand) and Elenco Electronic Snap Circuits, Jr. Kit toy elements, and I highly recommend all 3 (we use them all the time!).
I hope we’ve inspired you to try some Rube Goldberg fun of your own at home! I know this won’t be the last we see of it at our house!
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Over at Left Brain Craft Brain – you can also find lots of fun and educational building activities for kids (the writer is an engineer!) – why not check out her Googly Monster Kinetic Sculptures or the Goldfish Crackers Pulley Engineering Activity!
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And now for the Linky! Please visit my fabulous co-host to see other features this week:
A Little Pinch of Perfect – 25+ Easy Science Activities that Fizz, Bubble & Amaze!
Left Brain Craft Brain – St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Slime
Totschooling – DIY Photo Name Puzzle
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