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Rube Goldberg

A slang term for an unnecessarily complicated solution to a problem, or a problem with a solution that is itself problematic. The term refers to a 20th-century American cartoonist who drew large machines performing simple actions for which a machine is not necessary.
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If you've always been fascinated by those Rube Goldberg devices, this is the place for you and your students.
For example, students build Rube Goldberg devices, with the goal of connecting 10 complicated machines together to accomplish an extremely simple task.