Program Administration

Program Administration

The Engineer assigned to a classroom will administer a written curriculum over the 7-8 week period. The time commitment for the program is 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours per week. This can be done on single or multiple days; whatever fits the teacher and engineer’s schedule. A typical classroom session will involve the Engineer making a 10-15 minute presentation to the students, engaging them interactively to participate and provide thoughts and knowledge of the day’s topic. Then the class turns into an engineering team, mentored by the Engineer, with the task of building a working Rube Goldberg device that will showcase with other fifth grade classes locally and regionally for the top three places.

Schedule Of Activities

1. Meet with Teacher and Class and introduce the program the first week of December. 2. Begin program at the earliest possible time after December 1st.

3. Administer the Program through February 28th.

4. Deliver Rubes to Showcase Venue

a. No later than 9:00 AM February 29th.

5. Local Showcase held: Saturday, February 29th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (approx.) 6. Regional Showcase (top three places): Friday, March 27th at U of I Engineering Open House

a. University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign

7. Program Closeout celebration TBA

Rules And Regulations

1. All parts of the RUBES must be contained inside a 36” x 36” x 36” space on the 4ft. base board.

2. The engineer and teacher must inspect all parts used in the RUBE. The “stuff” brought from the student’s homes must be “junk” and disposable with little intrinsic value. There should be no valuables used (i.e. Grandpa’s retirement watch, money, real gold, antiques, etc.).

3. The RUBE can pose no danger or safety hazard to participants or anyone else. The use of mousetraps is okay, but a safety latch is recommended. RAT TRAPS are not allowed!

4. No violence involved in the RUBE (theme, steps, etc.).

5. No glass or unsafe sharp objects can be used.

5. No open flame, or uncontained liquids.

6. No part may be expressly manufactured for the RUBE by the engineer or any other professional.

7. No live (or dead) animals.

8. No electricity.

9. No open liquids allowed.