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Rube Goldberg Device: new uses for billiard balls: there’s something visual going on here

January 11, 2012

When I saw this video I had to post it on a rainy Wednesday. Just enjoy. There IS something visually appealing about this “kinetic art”. If I taught a design course we might actually develop Goldberg devices. How fun would that be?








I’m off to Woodburn Elementary in Morgantown to talk about Project-Based Learning. Kids would love to design these contraptions.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2012 3:08 pm

    That was made me laugh out loud! What an interesting way to turn the page of your newspaper.

    • January 17, 2012 6:12 pm

      “Where are my billiard balls?”

      A caption screaming for a visual. Radio humor.

  2. Lee Silverman permalink
    January 11, 2012 3:36 pm

    I used to spend hours as a kid going through my father’s Rube Goldberg books. Amazing how elegantly inefficient his designs could be.

    This post made me think of two things:

    1. My girlfriends Aunt (Jane Shamitko) is an AP Physics teacher in Pennsylvania, and her students just won a statewide Rube Goldberg competition last month. Out of 42 groups who entered, theirs was the best. The challenge: create a themed machine that played a musical instrument. Here is a video from the Washington Observer:

    2. As I am a big Family Guy fan, I would be remiss to not include this video clip as well (Warning contains a trace of cartoon violence):

    • January 15, 2012 8:54 am

      what’s interesting about the postings – is that they can trigger connections we would never know in advance. You just have to post what’s interesting to you as well as what you think might be useful or interesting to the rest of us. As we get to know each other, we will fine-tune our postings keeping our “audience” in mind. The idea of your “audience” is an important one in this course. (e.g., Your Professioanl Identity, the TED-like Talk for V11).

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