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Lab Late: Building A Rube Goldberg Machine

7th November 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


You’re invited to… explore, invent and tinker at Lab Late: Building A Rube Goldberg Machine

Are you interested in encouraging children’s interest in engineering? Want to get hands on and build your own Rube Goldberg Machine?

At our next Lab Late, join us and Kids Invent Stuff to get inspired by engineering and get tips and ideas about how to bring the subject to life at school and at home.

We’ll start the event with a short introduction to Rube Goldberg Machines – remember the OK Go music video for This Too Shall Pass? It was one giant Rube Goldberg machine:

Once you’re familiar with the idea – we’ll begin building a collaborative Rube Goldberg Machine.

Designed to perform a simple task, a Rube Goldberg machine uses lots of moving parts that work together to complete the machine’s intended action. Often, these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps. You can your own section of a Rube Goldberg Machine using your ingenuity and imagination, then work together in groups to join the sections and create one giant chain reaction.

Lab Late will be a fun, relaxed and hands-on evening of inspiration and a chance to play and explore together with other attendees. You will come away from the event with ideas to run engineering-inspired activities at home for the family or in the classroom and the confidence to have fun with it!

The evening is inspired by the latest Kids Invent Stuff challenge.

When is Lab Late: Building A Rube Goldberg Machine?

This event is on 7 November 2018. Please arrive at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start. The event will finish at 8:00pm.

Who is Lab Late: Building A Rube Goldberg Machine aimed at?

This event is aimed at parents and teachers, but it open to anyone to attend. Please note there will be alcohol at the event, which will be strictly for over 18s.

Where is Lab Late: Building A Rube Goldberg Machine and how much does it cost?

This event is held at the Imagination Lab and tickets cost £8. Tickets include the 30-minute talk, Rube Goldberg workshop activity and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink alternative.

Who are Kids Invent Stuff?

Kids Invent Stuff is the YouTube channel where 5-11 year olds have the chance to get their invention ideas built by real engineers. Their aim is to give more primary school kids the chance to engage with real engineering projects. We love working with Kids Invent Stuff and you can see an amazing invention which they brought to life last year, Erik’s Jam Rocket, at your visit to the Imagination Lab!


7th November 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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