Rube Goldberg – Class Sketch Museum

We finished our Rube Goldberg machine sketches on 2 / 14 / 19, so our entire class was going to set up a “Sketch Museum” so that our classmates could observe and comment on our sketches of our Rube Goldberg Machine.

A sketch museum is, basically, putting out our sketches of our Rube Goldberg machines on our tables in display so other people and classmates can see them and comment on them. They could comment on, what they liked about our sketch, or what they think that we can work on to improvise our machine.

We had to see if a sketch was clear, if we could understand the objective of the machine, if we could tell where the machine’s beginning and end were, etc, in order to give the sketch a 100 % comment.

To prepare for our sketch museum, we each got tape and set up our sketches on our table areas. We taped the sketches down onto the table and got our notebooks, pencils, and post-its.

We walked around the classroom with our supplies and observed other people’s sketches. Then, we wrote them a post-it with helpful feedback and comments based on their sketch.

In our notebooks, we wrote down information about what we noticed about our classmates sketches, and what we don’t think will work out so well. Afterwards, we put our post-its in our notebooks so that we wouldn’t lose them.

I got a lot of nice comments, but some people couldn’t understand what task my machine was supposed to complete. My machine is supposed to propel a marble into a paper coffee cup, after the marble goes down a paper towel tube, but I could understand why my machine’s task was unclear.

I left a lot of my classmates comments, as well.

I don’t always like projects like this sketch museum. Sometimes, the sketches were unclear and a bit scribbled, and you couldn’t tell where the start or end was. Things can also get confusing, and once you sit down to look at a sketch, you sort of have to stay there, until you finish commenting.

For example, if you sat down at a VERY unclear sketch, you couldn’t just walk away, and if the sketch was VERY unclear, you wouldn’t know what to say about it. (Not that this ever happened to me during our sketch museum.)

Overall, the sketch museum was okay, because I liked all of the ideas and thinking involved, even though some sketches confused me a lot.

I do partially prefer other activities to this, and though it was fun to see what people thought of my Rube Goldberg machine sketch. Some people said that they didn’t understand the task that my machine is supposed to complete, which is, to roll a marble into a plastic cup, and I liked getting feedback, so that I could make my machine be its’ best.

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