Have fun with technology over the school holidays, and you could win great prizes!
Have you ever played the game Mouse Trap? It uses a combination of mazes, levers, wheels and ramps, connected to form a chain reaction of events that end up triggering a trap to catch a plastic mouse. This type of machine – which takes a simple problem and designs a complex solution – is called a ‘Rube Goldberg’ machine (otherwise known as a Heath Robinson machine).
We’re challenging families to come up with their own version of a Rube Goldberg machine during the school holidays. Submit a video of your machine for a chance to win some great prizes!
Your machine will need at least five different steps that activate a chain reaction. Use items that you have at home such as dominoes, toys, marbles, recycled materials, string and construction blocks.
To enter, send a message to our Facebook page with your video attached.
To be judged all terms and conditions must be met. Winners will be judged on creativity and variety of connected events and components.
Think about a simple task that you can solve in a complicated way.
Plan your Rube Goldberg machine showing the steps and what it will do (an algorithm). You can write or draw the steps like a flow chart or draw it as a cartoon like Rube Goldberg did.
Then follow your steps to build the machine.
How will your machine start? For example:
See the full terms and conditions.
Here are some examples to get you thinking and inspire you.