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10 Brilliant Rube Goldberg Machines
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10 Brilliant Rube Goldberg Machines

Rube Goldberg machines are devices that perform a simple task, like turning the page of a newspaper, in a very complicated way.

The machines are named after a mid-20th century cartoonist who drew the contraptions in his comics. While Goldberg only drew them, many people have built their own. Find out more and even make one yourself with these resources.

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ZOOM Goldburger To Go

ZOOM Goldburger To Go

Help these kids finish off their "Goldburger To Go" machine so they can finally eat some lunch —I mean, c'mon, look at that copyright date — it's been years since they've eaten. More...

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ZOOM/PBS
Winners: 2014 Rube Goldberg Machine Contests

Winners: 2014 Rube Goldberg Machine Contests

Check out the winners of the 2014 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for ages 11 through 14. Do you think you could do better? More...

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Purdue Rube Goldberg Machine Claims Guinness World Record

Purdue Rube Goldberg Machine Claims Guinness World Record

In 244 steps, this Rube Goldberg machine tells the history of the world and wins a world record, for having the most steps! More...

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Purdue University
A Baffling, Deviously Clever Rube Goldberg Machine

A Baffling, Deviously Clever Rube Goldberg Machine

Check out this perfect example of how to combine simple machines to create compound machines. Make sure you watch the video for the surprise twist! More...

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Fast Company
Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

If you've ever played the game Mousetrap, you'll appreciate the simple task this young engineer accomplished with his Rube Goldberg machine. More...

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Making an Entertaining Machine

Making an Entertaining Machine

Go behind the scenes at Syyn Labs to see how engineers created a Rube Goldberg machine to help promote Google's science fair. More...

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TIME Magazine
Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg

Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg

Watch this video very closely. It may seem like a fairly standard Rube Goldberg machine, but there is a secret feature that made this one of the most famous Rube Goldberg machines on the web. More...

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Rube Goldberg Machine Contests

Rube Goldberg Machine Contests

Are you ready to enter the Rube Goldberg Challenge? Watch this space for the winners and upcoming contests! More...

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Rube Goldberg: Biography

Rube Goldberg: Biography

Rube Goldberg never created a Rube Goldberg machine. Instead, he drew them. While readers of his comics laughed, engineers were inspired. Read more about Goldberg's life. More...

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