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Burlington's freshman class builds Rube-Goldberg machines


April 26, 2019

Dylan Hurst (right) explains how the Rube-Goldberg machine – built by himself, Dakota Smith (left) and Silvery Kiwia (center) – works.

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.

Pre-K students cover their ears in preparation for the balloon pop while watching one of the Rube-Goldberg machines Burlington freshman students built.


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