Step 1: Create a “Rube Goldberg” device that uses several steps to complete a simple everyday task, using at least 4 of the 6 simple machines discussed in Science. It may be a model (small enough to transport and set up in class), video or photos of a larger device, or a Rube Goldberg-style comic drawing with labels.
Please do not purchase anything new for this project; make all components out of recycled materials (trash to treasures) or everyday household objects (that your family gives you permission to use). Are Legos everyday, household objects? Yes. Do you need to tell your parents to special order new pieces? No.
Step 2: Create a written or spoken narrative walkthrough with diagrams, photo captions, or video that explains the simple machines used and the forces in action.
Use OK Go as your heroes, leaders, and role models, not Todd Little, Inventor.
If you need inspiration, go to Bill Nye's videos toward the bottom of the video clips page: http://fle-5th-grade-research.weebly.com/physics-video-clips.html
The Kid Should See This is also a fine place to find ideas: