May 1, 2020

Typewriter with heart shaped letter in it

Dear GES Families:


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I heard the rain is going to stop and there are sunny skies ahead!  Thank you for all the poetry submissions. The results will be ready for Monday!


Bedtime Story:

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty 


Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge

During the month of May, I am challenging families to build a Rube Goldberg machine that will dispense hand sanitizer. Our goal is to encourage learners to use two of our Portrait of a Learner attributes:critically think and innovate. Of course, we want you to have fun in the process.  


Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Get Inspired

Below is an example of my family's Rube Goldberg machine.

Hand Sanitizer
Step 2: Solve a Problem

You need to dispense hand sanitizer. 

Step 3: Gather Supplies

Household items: Lego pieces, dominoes, ramps, books, cans

Things that roll:Ping pong balls, marbles, baseballs

Step 4: Build Your Machine
The basic concept that we’re exploring is that of a chain reaction, so anything that tips something else over (and so one) is what you’re going for here.

Step 5: Send me your videos!

I would love to put all the videos together and share them with all of you.


Background Information: Rube Goldberg was an American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, and his work is a classic example of the melding of art and science. Goldberg began his career as an engineer, and later became a cartoonist who drew elaborate illustrations of contraptions made up of pulleys, cups, birds, balloons, and watering cans that were designed to solve a simple task such as opening a window or setting an alarm clock. Interestingly, Goldberg only drew the pictures, and never built any of his inventions. However, these pictures have since served as inspiration for makers and builders who want the challenge of making wild inventions to solve everyday problems. Rube Goldberg’s legacy represents the best in American innovation, humor and unconventional thinking; an inspiring model for us all. 

Every failure is an opportunity to learn….check out some of our first failures:

First Try

Try Again



Take care, 


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal

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