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Chain Reaction II

Build a Rube Goldberg type contraption with craft supplies and off the shelf materials. Guests will learn basic concepts from physics, design, and engineering.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Paper towel/toilet paper tubes
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic spoons
  • String
  • Toy building blocks
  • Ping pong balls (to serve as object to be moved by machine)
  • Plastic cups
  • Tape
  • Cut up pool noodles
  • Paper clips
  • Styrofoam
  • Cardboard
  • Slinkies
  • Popsicle sticks


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Source:

  • Noyce Foundation

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