Burlington's freshman class builds Rube-Goldberg machines
April 26, 2019
Every year at Burlington, science teacher Jennifer Newlin challenges her freshman class to build a Rube-Goldberg machine.
A Rube-Goldberg machine is an intentionally complicated machine built to perform a simple task. This year the simple task that the machines were required to complete was popping a balloon.
The class worked in teams over a period of two weeks to build their machines using various components such as dominoes, tubing, steel balls, nails, pulleys, toy cars and anything else they could think to include. The teams then presented their finished machines to the elementary classes.
Mrs. Newlin said every machine worked at least once during the multiple test runs the students completed while trying to perfect their machines.