Using photos, video clips and stories, Dr. Z described his journey with 6th graders into the Crazy World of Rube Goldberg. We experienced the fun they had developing “complex chain reactions to accomplish simple tasks.” Using a Problem-Based Learning format, those students explored physics while they built contraptions to drop a marble in a bucket, dip a chip in salsa, pop a balloon and even create a banana smoothie.
Dr. Z described how the inventors expressed their experiences through KidBlog and how these activities aligned with Common Core Standards in Science, Technology and Writing. it was fun to see how our room full of retired educators related to these tales of action-based learning.
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