UBC Let's Talk Science strives to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy through the outreach efforts of members of the research community at the University of British Columbia. Our volunteers work with youth from elementary and secondary schools to ignite science excitement and share their knowledge with eager young minds.
Rube Goldberg Challenge
Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist who liked to draw very complicated solutions to very simple tasks, which is what this activity is all about. Students can use a variety of materials to construct as complicated a machine as they can to complete a very simple job. All the while, they learn about various forms of energy as they consider how to make their machines work efficiently.