Rube Goldberg Machines under Zero-Gravity that can be used in Physics Education

Int. J. Microgravity Sci. Appl. 2014p137
Author
M. KUBOTA, Y. OKAMOTO, T. KAKIMOTO, A. YANASE and K. YOSHINAGA
Organization
Graduate School of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University, Department of Science Education, Tokyo Gakugei University
Abstract
There are still many students who are not familiar with science, especially physics. It might be because physics mostly use symbols and numbers, and is not easy to apply the knowledge into everyday lives. Also, the difficulty to observe the phenomenon itself can lead to aversion. Feeling that physics is difficult to understand can lead to discouragement, and therefore makes it more difficult to correct the misconceptions developed in daily lives, and this might take part in the vicious circle.In order to overcome this problem, we have developed a Rube Goldberg machine that shows several phenomena in physics. By linking several experiments together, we assume that it will attract students’ interests, as well as be useful in physics class. Our goal is to record this machine under zero-gravity, and actually use it in physics class after the experiment, and test its effectiveness.
Keyword(s)
Physics education, Rube Goldberg machine, Science education
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