Rube Goldberg Challenge 2014: Put Toothpaste on a Toothbrush
As part of the A+ Partners in Education initiative, HCLS and HCPSS present the Rube Goldberg Challenge. Named after the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author, the contest is offered to school teams comprised of fourth and fifth grade Howard County students. The students transform everyday materials into a wacky innovative machine that accomplishes the given task. However, instead of just "solving" the problem, students are charged with making the solution as complicated and convoluted as possible. By designing and building the machine, students incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts into their creations. Simple machine classes were taught at HCLS branches during the school year.

This year's challenge is to put toothpaste on a toothbrush. To accomplish the challenge, students:
Incorporated the use of a minimum of three different simple machines with the option of using all simple machines.
Recorded a video of their invention while it performs the task of putting toothpaste on a toothbrush.
Documented how they used science, technology, engineering, and math in developing their machine.
Submitted the video and documents for judging.

The awards ceremony was held at River Hill High School.
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