Create a Rube Goldberg inspired drawing
Paper, Pencil, Drawing Materials (colored pencil, crayons or markers) Scissors, Glue, Computer, Printer
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).
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).
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.
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.
Step 5: Cut out the silhouette and glue on top of the written directions. Mount on black paper for finished look.
Activity Extension: Build your own simple machines to engineer and video record your own Rube Goldberg inspired contraption!