The Marble Machine

Category Other resource
Subjects & Topics "Design, engineering and technology / General design considerations", "Design, engineering and technology / Textile technology", "Design, engineering and technology", "Design, engineering and technology / Engineering"
Year Levels Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
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Resource Description

have Rube Goldberg type activity using a Marble Machine to allow students to design and create their solution to a problem. Bernie Zubrowski’s book on balls and ramps was the original inspiration for developing Marble Machines and i got this from a MOOC, Coursera's course "tinkering -motion-mechanisms" (other ideas in the MOOC "tinkering -circuits" is also worth checking out). [I urge any teacher of STEM, STEAM or technology & design to go to the MOOCs at and find all the resources in the 2 courses mentioned] I pre-cut and drilled the timber and used grade 5 & 6 students to build them, for use with students from grade 2 to 6. The students use dowel pegs tape or hooks to connect various objects to direct a marble in a zig zag motion to slow the marble down and get it from (A) at the top to (B) at the bottom.
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completed marble machines.png
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marble machine parts list.png
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