Simple Machine Brain

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Create a Rube Goldberg inspired drawing

Materials

Paper, Pencil, Drawing Materials (colored pencil, crayons or markers) Scissors, Glue, Computer, Printer

Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a silhouette profile of a head. (Younger artists may wish to trace a profile example. Find a silhouette image and have your child trace on to their own paper. Be sure to encourage your artist to change the image to reflect their own unique look).

STEM Activities for Kids: A Creative drawing

Step 2: Plan a “Rube Goldberg contraption” to show a simple brain task such as opening and closing the mouth. The plan should include at least 5 steps using the different simple machines (lever, inclined plane, wedge, screw, wheel, or pulley).

STEM Activities for Kids: A Creative drawing

Step 3: Draw your plan inside the silhouette. Think about using a variety of lines, shapes and colors to illustrate your design. Drawing Tip: Once you have finished adding your color, outline the drawing in black marker to give the drawing a finished look.

STEM Activities for Kids: A Creative drawing

Step 4: Type on the computer the written steps of your illustration. Copy and paste the directions so they repeat to fill the page. Print out the page.

STEM Activities for Kids: A Creative drawing

Step 5: Cut out the silhouette and glue on top of the written directions. Mount on black paper for finished look.

STEM Activities for Kids: A Creative drawing

Activity Extension: Build your own simple machines to engineer and video record your own Rube Goldberg inspired contraption!