Mrs. Crites Goldberg Machines Enrichment Club

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Mrs. Crites Goldberg Machines Enrichment Club


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Every few weeks, students at Bismarck JH/HS are able to pick different enrichment activities if they are caught up on their coursework and succeeding in their studies.  This year during 7th Hour students who meet this criteria are able to participate in fun activities like watching classic movies, art, intramural sports, and Uno club.  One of those clubs in which students get to explore, have fun, and be innovative is Mrs. Crites’ Goldberg machines club.  Students formed groups to design a machine that would perform a certain action.

You might be asking what a Goldberg machine is.  Stated simply, a Goldberg machine is a machine designed to perform a simple task in an indirect or complicated fashion.  Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor.  Some of his ideas have influenced the creation of board games and video games.  For instance, the board game “Mouse Trap” was modeled after his influence.  For more information about Rube Goldberg, click the following link.

You can see some pictures of the implementation and design of these machines below.  Also, view the video attached to see some of these groups in action.