Together we took notes on each of the simple machines and coming up with examples of each. Then, I showed them these Rube Goldberg inspired videos:
Honda's "The Cog" video - a Rube Goldberg invention made entirely of (CGI) car parts.
"The Page Turner"
Ok Go's "This Too Shall Pass" music video.
And just released this week...
"Girls" from GoldiBlox
I explained to the class about Rube Goldberg and his inventions and showed them his Pencil Sharpener. Warning: some of his inventions are not quite school appropriate (i.e. smoking/alcohol), so preview them before showing kiddos.
We were inspired to design our own inventions. I encouraged them to use at least three simple machines in their inventions. Here just a few of the creative ideas from my class.