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Joe S., Kyle S., and Addison D., work to set up a Rube Goldberg machine for a physics class assignment. Students were testing their machines to determine if they could set off a landmine at a camping site while being far enough away to be safe.

Our high school physics students are up to their shenanigans again! This time they’re studying the conservation of energy and different energy types by creating a Rube Goldberg machine. These machines are complex contraptions where a series of devices performs simple tasks that are linked together to produce a domino effect. As a class assignment, students were given a scenario in which they were camping and discovered a landmine. Students had to build a Rube Goldberg machine to set the landmine off while they were far enough away to be safe. Students had opportunities to do several test runs before the final assignment on May 15.

 

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