Rube Goldberg & Roanoke Catholic

In preparation for the 2015 Virginia Science Festival, Roanoke Catholic School teacher Tim Carlin inspired his 5th grade students to create “Rube Goldberg machines” — contraptions featuring complicated chain reactions to perform a simple task.

Students divided into teams of three to create 11 different machines. Mr. Carlin then took a piece from each machine to fashion a “Master Rube Goldberg.” The execution may be a little lacking, but the effort and enthusiasm are definitely A+.

Rube Goldberg machines — along with homemade slime, circuit boards and more — will be featured at Roanoke Catholic’s exhibit at the Virginia Science Festival in downtown Roanoke on Sept. 26. We’ll be located on the 5th floor of the Science Museum of Western Virginia.