Combine science, creativity, and fun to design a machine that uses different forms of energy.
Use your imagination to turn everyday materials into a complex machine that completes a simple task. Try to include as many different energy transformations as possible.
An assortment of everyday materials:
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was an American cartoonist, inventor and engineer who drew complex machines that were used to complete simple tasks. The machines include different forms of energy and energy transformations. There are many online examples of Rube Goldberg machines.
Energy is all around us. The 10 forms of energy are listed below:
The law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed but can be changed. When something happens, energy is transformed from one form to another. Energy input is the energy that goes into an object or system and the energy output is the energy that comes out.
Learn how the power of falling water in B.C. is transformed into electricity.
What do computers, glow sticks and bells have in common? They all change energy from one form to another.
Map out the energy transformations of a crazy chain-reaction machine.
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