What do I hope to accomplish? • Creativity and challenge • Demonstrate an example of how a course topic is achieved • Interpersonal communications and collaboration • Planning and execution • Report writing and presentation delivery
An Initial Pilot Project Task: Design one stage in a multi-stage Rube Goldberg machine. Constraints: -Must demonstrate course topic -2’ x 2’ x 2’ Deliverables: -Final design report & presentation -Working stage -Assembled “class” machine
Project Logistics • Materials were “scavenged” – > Dorm room construction • Some in-class work time, mostly out-of-class • Intermediate deadline – Week 6: Verbal design proposal – Week 9: Brief written project update – Week 12: Draft of written report – Week 14: Final report and presentation
Concluding Remarks • Constructed a machine with 11 stages/39 steps. • Students overcame limited materials/tool access. • Many lessons about effective communication. • Final reports strong in theory and performance prediction. Weak in experimental validation. • Worked well as an outreach activity.