Physics Students Create Complex Contraptions at Home

Dr. Payette’s 9th Grade physics students recently showed off some ingenious designs as they created their own “Rube Goldberg machines” at home. These deliberately complex contraptions use chain reactions to accomplish a simple task  — shooting a ping pong ball through a goal post.

 As they tinkered with their homemade projects, the students discovered the high level of skill, patience and creativity that is required to make a successful chain reaction.

To accomplish their goal, the students involved a wide range of objects including Legos, pencils, rubber bands, toy cars, and even Nerf guns in the sequence.


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