Creating a Chain Reaction

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During their study of energy, Winthrop Avenue fourth-graders were presented with a design challenge by teacher Christopher Merz to create a chain reaction machine, resembling a Rube Goldberg device.

Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist best known for his cartoons depicting complicated gadgets and machines that performed simple tasks.

The students utilized their science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics skills to construct machines that transferred energy to create a chain reaction, such as opening a can of soda to make dominoes fall in a straight line.