STEAM Team is a club designed to encourage third grade students to use their creativity to design during several engineering challenges over the course of 8-10, hour long sessions.The challenge is to create Rube Goldberg machines, which are fun, yet complicated, humorous machines that perform a simple task.
Students will be introduced to the engineering design process in order to create these Rube Goldberg machines. Students will combine a series of simple machines in order to perform tasks such as popping a balloon, opening a book, stapling papers, and more. Students are encouraged to think outside the box to design their machines. Team members will test and modify their designs throughout the duration of the club in order to perform the tasks. Through failures and missteps along the way, students develop a strong sense of perseverance.