The Arlington Elementary sixth-grade HAL nonverbal group demonstrated their “Rube Goldberg” projects to parents and students last week.

Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor. Goldberg is known best for his popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways.


“Death by Spikes.” Maddie Martens makes use of an incline and falling spiked sheet styrofoam to pop her balloon.

The HAL students were tasked with designing and creating a compound machine to pop a balloon. The students designed, developed, and tested their projects for about a month. The group meets 30 minutes each week on Fridays. 

The students' next project will be focused on developing cardboard furniture that is true to size and can withstand weight.

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