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Design Like an Engineer: Rube Goldberg Machine (Ages 8 - 12)

  • MODA 1315 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309 US (map)

In this class young engineers will explore how simple machines work together to create a Rube Goldberg Machine, Rube Goldberg Machines are deliberately designed to perform a simple task in the most complicated manner possible. Using the engineering design model, young engineers will learn how to adapt their designs to varying constraints that present themselves throughout the building and design process. Young engineers will keep in mind various factors such as - what types of machines will work the best for their design, all the way to finding the correct timing to make their machines function cohesively. They will prototype and iterate their designs using K’NEX as they figure out how to build a Rube Goldberg Machine that can complete a simple task, such as pushing a marble down a slope or knocking down a book.


Skills Learned:

  • Mechanical engineering concepts
  • Simple machines
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Design Thinking concepts
  • Mechanical systems and linkages

$35 for MODA members / $40 Non-Members
Fee also includes admission to our current exhibitions for the participant and 1 adult.


Leading this Studio:
Adriana Quispe, Design Educator

Adriana has a passion for incorporating design thinking into classrooms. At MODA, you can find Adriana innovating and managing the museum's free membership program for kids, Design Club, or supporting year-round campMODA initiatives from ideation to execution. With expertise in LEGO robotics, Adriana loves teaching user centered design to young budding designers.  

Cancellation policy: If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $10 processing fee per class. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or attend the event. MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If MODA cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.

Exemption Notice: This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program. For additional information, go to or call 404.657.5562.