Spyglass Series - Getting Started with Citizen Science

Rube Goldberg Highlights

Speakers: Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron
Cost: $130 for four installments*
Ages: 9 to 12
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM PDT

July 29, August 5, 12 and 19

 Zoom links will be sent upon registration.
*Participants must attend the entire series. Financial aid is available!

Students will become modern-day Rube Goldbergs as they design and build a machine named after the American cartoonist and inventor. Students will first learn the history and mechanics behind popular Rube Goldberg machines and then set off to build their own contraption that relies on a chain reaction to do simple tasks. Instructors will prepare a list of suggested household items or toys for each week (e.g. paper towel tubes, paper plates, string, dominos, small toy car), and students will combine these to learn about simple machines like the lever, inclined plane, and wheel and axle. Mastery will be demonstrated by designing and constructing an original Rube Goldberg machine that successfully (and creatively!) illustrates an understanding of concepts covered in class.

About the Speaker

Joan Horvath and Rich “Whosawhatsis” Cameron are the co-founders of Nonscriptum LLC (www.nonscriptum.com). Since 2015 their Pasadena-based consulting and training firm has focused on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech, with a particular focus on teaching math and science with 3D printing. Joan is an MIT alumna, recovering rocket scientist and educator. Rich is an open-source 3D printer hacker who designed the RepRap Wallace and Bukito 3D printers. They are working on their eight book together, which teaches calculus with 3D printed models.