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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.