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Rube Goldberg machines Answered

I need construct a rube that has at least 4 different simple machines - no legos, marbleworks, mousetrap game parts, etc.... HELP.

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fenwaypark04 (author)2010-04-20

Hmm...This sounds almost exactly what is on the rubric for a Rube Goldberg at Westbrook Int. School. This does smell like a cover-up.

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Kiteman (author)2009-04-14

I smell a homework assignment...

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kelseymh (author)Kiteman2009-04-14

Ewwww....and it's gotten a bit overripe. I do think it's cool that I'bles has become a resource for students to join in order to complete these sorts of projects. It's a pity they don't know how to type queries into a search box.

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cocoa611 (author)kelseymh2009-04-14

**** off - I am a single parent asking for some help. I don't go around building things, I am an accountant not an engineer. I do not even know where to start.

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kelseymh (author)cocoa6112009-04-14

Your language use (hiding behind asterisks is irrelevant) isn't appropriate. My response also wasn't appropriate. I made an assumption based on far too many teen-age students posting "requests" essentially the same as yours (i.e., "here's my homework assignment, please somebody do it for me). I should have confirmed my assumption before posting my comment. Something as simple as "I need to help my (son/daughter) construct..." might have given the rest of us a clue that you weren't just a kid trying to take the easy way out. That is no excuse for my response, as I've said above, just a suggestion.

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NachoMahma (author)kelseymh2009-04-14

. IMNSHO, you were not out of line. Your assumption was perfectly reasonable and your remark barely rose to the level of "snide comment." A link to "Rube Goldberg +(contraption OR machine)" at Google may have been more appropriate, but what the heck.

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Lithium Rain (author)cocoa6112009-04-14

There's the way to get help! Cuss people out and go off on them for...no reason...at all... Well, a good place to start is to know where you're going. Figure out a simple goal for the machine to accomplish (knocking something over, pushing a button, etc) , then work backwards from there.

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-14

Although I don't approve of the language use, the author was not responding for "no reason." I made assumptions (based on far too many analogous experiences here on I'bles), but my response was still not appropriate.

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lemonie (author)cocoa6112009-04-14

Do you suffer from high levels of stress? Try amusing yourself by 'playing' with household objects - don't aim to achieve anything, just fiddle with stuff - some idea will most likely occur to you in the process. (I doubt anyone has a ready-made plan for you to work from) L

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cocoa611 (author)kelseymh2009-04-14

Oh - by the way, this was the first website I logged onto for some help and i assure you this one will be the last I try to seek help from.

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Lithium Rain (author)cocoa6112009-04-14

That's good! Figuring things out for yourself is sometimes the best way to learn. (And if you overreact this way on other sites, that's probably just as well - the responses here truly are, to quote Ken Starks, soft strokes to your hair in comparison to what you're about to experience.)

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cocoa611 (author)Kiteman2009-04-14

Yes, this is a homework assignment for the next 4 weeks. I am not asking for someone to do it for us, just some help would be nice. Even if you can give me some books to look at would be nice. I am a single parent and I do not have to go around building things very often.

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Kiteman (author)cocoa6112009-04-14
Try looking at YouTube videos such as these:





Search for rube goldberg and chain reaction videos.

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Lithium Rain (author)cocoa6112009-04-14

Um...if I might ask, are you taking a class that requires this, or are you asking for your child?

Or are you just building it for him/her?

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