Problem-Based Learning Summer Camp
Problem-based learning is exemplified at our Rube Goldberg Machine Summer Camp. A Rube Goldberg machine is a simple machine comprised of common items that perform a simple task in a deliberately complicated manner. Rube Goldberg machines include many aspects of physics, energy, and energy transfer, all working together in a chain reaction. The machine is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970).
Campers will research, envision and build Rube Goldberg Machines individually or in teams. Each day, they will be presented with a different scientific feature they need to incorporate into their machine. Campers are encouraged collaborate and problem solve, to try different ideas, knowing it will take several tries before they’re successful. We believe making mistakes is an essential part of learning and we empower students to push themselves, think creatively and take risks.