Inspire Creativity and Invention with Rube Goldberg


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Events on September 24 2021

Motivate your students to become inventors, artists, and problem solvers! Join Jennifer George, granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, for a series of courses on using Rube Goldberg Machines in any classroom.

This series of courses has something for everyone – from comic arts to Minecraft and technology integration. Get inspiration with any of these courses:

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Classroom
Tuesday, September 28, 3 PM, – Jennifer George, Cheryll Obendorf

In this session, Jennifer George and Cheryll Obendorf share how teaching Rube Goldberg in the classroom levels the playing field for all learners. They will talk about the history of the Rube Goldberg Institute for Innovation & Creativity, the origins of the Rube Goldberg Machine, and the machine contests that the family has run for over 35 years. They will also introduce a variety of new offerings for all grade levels to get started on creating Rube Goldberg Machines. Join us to learn how Rube Goldberg competitions benefit students, specifically with social-emotional skills. Twelve live attendees of our Rube Goldberg OTIS series will be selected to receive Rube Goldberg early reader chapter books for their school libraries! Register for FREE here

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Digital World of Minecraft
Tuesday, October 5, 4 PM, – Jennifer George, Eric Leitner, and Cathy Cheo-Isaacs

Join the team from Rube Goldberg, Inc. and Minecraft Global Ambassadors as they discuss bringing STEAM into the digital world of Minecraft through Rube Goldberg Machines. They will discuss the minecraft.edu tutorials based on simple machines and how those lessons will culminate in a digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with NASEF, set in the world of Minecraft. You will also learn how Minecraft has provided a platform to support Rube Goldberg Machine projects for remote instruction. Twelve live attendees of our Rube Goldberg OTIS series will be selected to receive Rube Goldberg early reader chapter books for their school libraries! Register for FREE here

Rube Goldberg Machines and Cartoons in the Classroom
Tuesday, October 19, 3 PM, – Jennifer George, Ed Steckley, and Brandon Snider

Illustrator Ed Steckly and author Brandon Snider will join Jennifer George in this special OTIS session where they will announce the new Rube Goldberg Cartoon Competition, in association with the National Cartoon Society and the Reuben Awards. This session will also expand on the topic of Rube Goldberg Machines to talk about the books Rube Goldberg’s Hum-Drum School Day, Rube Goldberg’s Definitely Different Day Off, and the new chapter book series, Rube Goldberg & His Amazing Machines. This session is a great opportunity to learn how to directly tie reading and literacy, along with illustration and cartooning, into your STEAM curriculum. Twelve live attendees of our Rube Goldberg OTIS series will be selected to receive Rube Goldberg early reader chapter books for their school libraries! Register for FREE here

How to Integrate Technology into Your Rube Goldberg Machine
Tuesday, November 9, 3 PM – Jennifer George, David Fox, Alefiya Master

In this session, you’ll learn how students are adding technology to their Rube Goldberg Machines with products like littleBits and Arduino. You’ll hear from Paul Church, Science Chair at the Fieldston School in New York City, about how his students use Rube Goldberg Machines. David Fox, creator of the “Rube Works” app, will talk about bringing the Rube Goldberg experience to an app in a fun and inspirational way. Alefiya Master from MAD-learn will talk about the importance of app development in STEM education. Twelve live attendees of our Rube Goldberg OTIS series will be selected to receive Rube Goldberg early reader chapter books for their school libraries! Register for FREE here

Rube Goldberg Machines with iBlocks
Tuesday, December 7, 3 PM – Jennifer George and the iBlocks team

Learn how to use the iBlocks framework to guide your students through the Engineering Design Process, first building context and understanding around Rube Goldberg, simple machines, and then how they come together in a Rube Goldberg Machine. IBlocks content leads students through the planning, design, and construction of their machine and finally, the testing and evaluation, where students learn the importance of refining, remixing, and redesigning. Register for FREE here

How Rube Goldberg Adds the “A” to STEAM Learning
Tuesday, December 14, 3 PM – Jennifer George, Jason Chatfield, Charlie Kochman

Join comedian, cartoonist, and President of the National Cartoon Society, Jason Chatfield, and Editorial Director for Abrams Comic Arts, Charlie Kochman, to learn how Rube Goldberg adds the “A” to STEAM learning. Jason, Charlie, and Jennifer George will discuss the flexibility of Rube Goldberg Machines and cartooning, as well as how they are great entry points for you to blend STEM learning with visual arts in a way that makes sense for you and your students. In this session we will also announce our raffle winners! Twelve live attendees of our Rube Goldberg OTIS series will be selected to receive Rube Goldberg early reader chapter books for their school libraries! Register for FREE here


About Jennifer George

Jennifer George is the granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, the famous cartoonist known for his cartoons depicting hilarious and overly elaborate machines. She is the Legacy Director of Rube Goldberg, Inc., a non-profit foundation committed to equitable access to STEAM education. Jennifer is focused on keeping the world of Rube Goldberg alive through numerous projects including the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Competition, publications, events, entertainment, and more.

Check more at: RubeGoldberg.com

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