Espy Elementary Students Build Rube Goldberg Machines

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NIXA, Mo. — Students at Espy Elementary took science class to the next level Friday by learning how to build Rube Goldberg machines.

KOLR10 spoke with two of the school’s elementary teachers to explain how this learning process has become such a success.

“So our kids are building Rube Goldberg machines,” Amber Doty, a third grade teacher, said. “And basically we decided to have the kids team up to work on everyday problems and decided to work on these tasks together.

“They’ve definitely had some failures, Doty said. “They’ve had some successes. But those failures lead to successes and make those successes special.”

“And the fun thing is they’re solving everyday functions like what they have here at school, like flushing a toilet,” second grade teacher Sarah Mancusi said. “Pushing in chairs, turning off the lights, wiping off the table.”

“They wanted to help our janitor find ways to clean off the table easier,” Doty said.

“Super impressed, so proud of them … that is the best sound as a teacher to hear from them, the excitement in their voices,” Doty said.

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