This week, we began an inquiry based project, which we will begin doing every month. An inquiry based project is a project where the students learn through posed questions, problems, or scenarios. Then, the kids interact with the question, problem, or scenario, learning in a different way than lectures or traditional lessons. This project specifically is called a Rube Goldberg Machine. According to Wikipedia, a Rube Goldberg Machine is “a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overcomplicated fashion.” The kids decided they wanted to build a machine that poured water into a cup at the end, so they worked very hard to do just that. They didn’t end up reaching that goal 100%, but they learned so much and built so many cool things in the process! It was really fun to watch them work!
To read more about inquiry based learning and Rube Goldberg Machines, click the links below:
Inquiry-Based Learning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inquiry-based_learning
Rube Goldberg Machines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg_machine