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Minnesota 4-H RG Curriculum

Engineering Rube Goldberg Contraption!

Members of the Minnesota 4-H State STEM team developed a Rube Goldberg curriculum to support coaches with practical strategies to teach the engineering design process, the eight engineering practices, and 21st Century skills through an experiential process. The curriculum includes 12 lesson plans plus supporting documents (handouts, materials, visual aids, etc.) for each lesson. Please read through each lesson and print/gather supplementary materials before meeting with your youth.

Full curriculum

Engineering a Rube Goldberg Contraption learning guide (38-page PDF)

Handouts, visual aids and other supporting documents

RG words of the day (PDF)

RG words of the day (PPT)

Rube Goldberg and engineering

Lesson 1: Designing and building a RG with everyday items

Six simple machines (PDF)

Six simple machines (PPT)

Meeker County 4-H Koronis Eager Beavers (YouTube video)

Lesson 3: Engineers and engineering design

Engineering design process poster

Lesson 2: Evidence-based reasoning and presentations

USDA Fruit nutrition facts

Evidence-based reasoning poster (11" × 17" PDF)

Evidence-based reasoning worksheet

Lesson 4: The engineering design process

Thinking like engineers

Energy, engineering and data

Lesson 5: What is energy?

Example energy concept map

Lesson 7: Kinetic energy and energy transfer

Robot arm photos

PBS Kids Design Squad robot arm video

Creating a Rube Goldberg

Lesson 9: Presentation of personal RG steps

Backwards design poster (11" × 17" PDF)

Lesson 11: The build: Part 2

Invitation to RG showcase


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