Rube Goldberg Marble Roller Coaster

Learn about the wonderfully inventive cartoon creations of Rube Goldberg and the real “Rube Goldberg machines” they inspire.  Explore the connection between potential and kinetic energy by using tubes, tape and other house hold materials to create creative marble “roller coasters”.  Send marbles on loop-the-loops, spirals and more in attempts to have the marble travel through over 6 feet of tubing and then – at the end of its journey –start another reaction in the spirit of Rube Goldberg.

What they are saying: “That was awesome!” - male participant 11-19 years of age

“It was really fun, I learned a lot, thank you” – female participant 11-19 years of age

“I love working with complex things like this” – male participant age 10 or under

“This is the best library program ever!! (can you do this again?) – female participant age 10 or under

“What a fantastic program.  We really enjoyed creating the marble roller coaster! We will now create one at home! Thank you so much!” – female participant age 40 or over

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Outreach programs are designed for students in grades 3-12. The cost of one 60 minute program is $160, but multiple programs are offered at a discounted rate – $140 for each additional program.

Requests for program information or scheduling should be directed to Juliette Casselman at or at 401-473-9174.

We’ve had several requests for the Rube Goldberg movie shorts we show during this program. The one with high school students can be found at:

Please be aware that at the very end of this video one of the students, so impressed by their work, says an expletive in admiration.  It is bleeped out – but we stop the video early, before the comment,  in presentations.

The music video by “OK GO” can be found at: