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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
fenwaypark04

10 years ago

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
Kiteman

12 years ago

I smell a homework assignment...

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

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
cocoa611

Reply 12 years ago

**** 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
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

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
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. 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
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

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
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

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
lemonie

Reply 12 years ago

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
cocoa611

Reply 12 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

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
cocoa611

Reply 12 years ago

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
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Try looking at YouTube videos such as these:





Search for rube goldberg and chain reaction videos.
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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

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?