Materials List: Splash, Pop, Fizz:
Rube Goldberg Machines

Four photos show a range of materials and tools lying on the floor: red box of K'NEX components, paper plates, goldfish crackers, yarn, glue gun and glue sticks, nails, duct tape, candies, scotch tape, paper, boards, corner edging, soda pop, mouse traps, toothpicks, staple gun, staples, dominoes, scissors, magnets, pipe cleaners, hammer, pulley, toy car, cups, screws, small dowels, rubber bands and marbles.
Assorted supplies and tools for the Rube Goldberg machine challenge.
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Copyright © 2012 Jackie Swanson, Central Michigan University

Each group needs:

  • plywood base, 4 foot x 4 foot (1.2 m x 1.2 m)
  • 400-piece K'NEX®, a construction toy that includes bricks, rods and connectors for open-ended building, such the value tub for $24.50 at https://www.amazon.com/Knex-Value-Tub-400-pieces/dp/B000F1ST1Q
  • 20 paper plates
  • 1 bag Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers
  • 1 roll yarn
  • 1 roll duct tape
  • 1 roll scotch tape
  • 1 sleeve Mentos® mint candies
  • 20 pieces paper
  • 6 wooden boards, 2 of each length .5, 1, 1.5 foot (15 cm, 30 cm, 46 cm)
  • 4-foot (1.2-m) piece of corner edging
  • 20-oz (590-ml) diet soda, such as Diet Coke®
  • 4 mouse traps
  • 1 box toothpicks
  • 20 dominoes
  • 6 magnets
  • 20 pipe cleaners
  • 1 pulley
  • 1 toy car
  • 20 paper cups
  • 2 screws
  • 2 small dowels
  • 20 rubber bands
  • 10 balloons
  • 5 marbles
  • 2 foam tubes, wide enough that marbles can fit inside
  • wooden wedge
  • dowel pieces, 1-inch diameter, 2 of each length: 0.5, 1, 1.5 inch (1.27 cm, 2.54 cm, 3.81 cm)
  • scissors
  • hammer and box of nails
  • staple gun and box of staples
  • hot glue gun and 7 hot glue sticks
  • Grading Rubric

To share with the entire class:

  • computer with internet connection and projector, to show short YouTube videos

Note: Adding or subtracting materials from this list is acceptable. However, providing a larger range of materials allows students to be more creative in the design of their machines! It is important for the competition that each group has the exact same materials.

https://www.teachengineering.org/activities/view/cmu_rube_activity1