Rube Goldberg #1 – Choosing Teams

Our class was assigned a Rube Goldberg Project. We had a choice to work in teams (four people max.), or work alone. Personally, I prefer to work with people. I thought I should keep my group to two or three people, because a team is smarter than one person, but groups four would be too many different schedules, and too many people with different opinions. So, I turned to Ally and Barbara to be with.

However, while we were discussing who’s house to build the machine at, Hana came over and asked to join us. She also wanted to work with somebody, and it would be mean to just say no. So we discussed it, and it took a lot more thought than you would expect. We were thinking if we should all work as a group of four, or if we should break up into two teams of two. If we were in one group of four, things might be slower to do, but if we split up into two teams of two, we might of wanted to be with another person who wasn’t in our group. Finally, we decided to work in a group of four. The thing that made us make our decision was that Hana was the only one who had space to build a Rube Goldberg Machine, so if we worked in groups of two, the group without Hana wouldn’t have any space to build anything.

After finally sorting out our teams, we started to plan.

Rube Goldberg #2 – Meeting for the First Time

It was a day or two after I figured out who I was going to work with in the Rube Goldberg Project when my team met for the first time. Usually we wouldn’t all be free, but it was a snow day which meant there was no school, so we could meet during what would of been the school hours if it hadn’t been a snow day.

They came over to my house, even though we were going to build the project at Hana’s house. We tried to draw the sketch, but we couldn’t really because we had no idea what Hana’s house looked like, so we didn’t know how much space we had, or anything like that. To be fully truthful, however, kind of used the excuse of not knowing what Hana’s house looked like to play.

We weren’t really a productive group, so I was having some second thoughts about working with four people already.

Rube Goldberg #3 – Planning at Hana’s

A day after our first meet, we met again because it had snowed so much the day before, that our school gave us another day off. This time we went to Hana’s house so we could actually start the sketch.

The day before we had made a list of materials we wanted to use for our machine. Each of us brought some of the materials over. We looked at our materials, and thought about how we wanted to start it, how to end it, how many steps to include, and so on. While we were brainstorming the simple task that would end our machine, we thought up a lot of things it could end with, but we couldn’t all agree on one. So, we decided to leave that for later, to not waste too much time.

It was kind of weird that we started to build our project before we started the sketch, but that’s what we did. We did it because we didn’t know how we wanted to start it or end it, so we couldn’t draw something because it might be drawn in the wrong spot once we develop our plan.

When we left that day, we had succeeded in building a wooden marble track.