TechMates Become Rube Goldberg!

TechMate evenings are for girls from Grade 4 – Grade 6 to invite a significant male in their lives to join them for an evening of designing, creating and building sometimes with technology and sometimes without!

This term TechMates became Rube Goldberg Machine inventors after being introduced to the life and times of Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg who was best known as Rube; an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He was probably best known for his popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks in indirect, zany and convoluted ways.

TechMates watched some videos of machines created by others and then went off to think of a simple task with a Christmas theme to complete and design a fun and crazy way of completing the task. Everyone gathered materials and equipment, sketched possibilities, planned and started to build. The photos show how much problem-solving, testing, redesigning and building took place with plenty of ‘ooows’ and ‘aaahhhs’ and laughter!

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!