Ignite Week Rube Goldberg

What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?

A Rube Goldberg machine, named after American cartoonist Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg, is a machine designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Usually, these machines consist of a series of simple unrelated devices, one example could be the pulley. The pulley can change the direction of force, for example, one side of the pulley would be heavier than the other side will start moving up, in this case, the weight of the object is a marble. Usually, a Rube Goldberg machine has a goal, the goal could be getting the marble from point A to point B, or it could perform a simple task.



The Rube Goldberg machine was named after the American cartoonist Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg, best known as Rube Goldberg. Rube Goldberg was born in San Francisco (July 4, 1883) and died in New York in (December 7, 1970). Rube Goldberg’s cartoons were based on complicated gadgets that could perform simple tasks indirectly.  Goldberg is the inspiration for international competitions known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contest which challenges participants to create a complicated machine to perform a simple task.


This picture is an inspiration of what I might want to do, this shows a Rube Goldberg machine mounted on a wall. I chose this picture as an inspiration because I really like how not only does it look simple but I like all the elements on this Rube Goldberg contraption, but I would like to make a few changes to some tracks and extend the Rube Goldberg machines with dominoes, more chain reaction, etc.






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Woodford, Chris. “Pulleys.” Explain That Stuff, Explain that Stuff, 17 July 2019, www.explainthatstuff.com/pulleys.html. Accessed 1 Mar. 2020.

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