BuildBoost! Physics of Simple Machines (Rube GoldBerg Machines)(grades 4-8)
Who hasn't dreamed of creating one of those wild machines in which a marble rolls down a chute, which strikes a match and lights a candle, which cuts a string, which frees a weight, which swings and shuts a door?
This course will teach students to use math, physics, geometry, and engineering concepts to build and understand simple machines. The students will then build Rube Goldberg machines. Designs will be created based on scientific and mathematical models. As they create, students will build their math skills and their understanding of how and why to use formulae as they apply concepts and ideas with their hands and basic materials.
The class is designed so that the math work will be great practice for math skills: basic equations, proportions and conversions, word problems, applied math, and geometry, while the "building" part is fun and real-world. Will this portion of the device work? How can we add enough force to accomplish our goal? How can we convert one type of force into another? How can we change the direction of a force?
Engineering and science are fun, but they take thought and planning and math. With this course, all aspects will be fun -- and challenging -- and we hope all students will leave with a greater understanding of applied math and science, and a greater appreciation of the structures and machines in their world.
Sign up using the links below. You can also sign up for aftercare (3pm-6pm). You can sign up for the week ($100) or for a few days (you can let us know which days on your form, or closer to the date of the camp).