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Rube Resources

If you’re a parent, an educator, a student or just Rube-curious, you’re in the right place! The Institute proudly shares Rube Goldberg projects, activities, PD and curriculum in both the physical and virtual space.

Our illustrated picture books are a great way to engage kids in STEM, simple machines and the arts. We also provide curriculum that attaches to both picture books for use in the classroom. Visit the shop to see them all!

Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Definitely Different Day Off

Follow along as a young Rube Goldberg invents zany chain-reaction contraptions to have the best day off ever—including an easy way to play fetch in the yard without leaving his bedroom, a self-operating swing, and a super simple series of movie-snacking machines.

Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day

Follow Rube Goldberg, our young inventor, as he sets out on a typical school day, creating machines that solve every problem he encounters from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he goes to bed at night. Watch how he gets ready for school, makes breakfast, does his homework, and so much more!

Rube Goldberg and the New Switcheroo

The hilarious follow-up to Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines by bestselling author Brandon T. Snider and featuring illustrations by award-winning artist Ed Steckley. 

Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines

6th grade gets off to a rocky start for Rube Goldberg and his best friend, Boob McNutt. As they navigate the new social dynamics of middle school, strange incidents begin to throw the school, their town and their relationships into disarray. Luckily for everyone, Rube's unique problem solving abilities save the day.

The Art of Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg (1883 – 1970) was the most famous cartoonist of his time and is best known for his comical inventions, which were syndicated in daily newspapers throughout the world. The Art of Rube Goldberg is brilliantly designed and packaged to capture the inventiveness of his legacy and chock-full of cartoons -- a coffee table book the whole family can enjoy!

Foolish Questions & Odd Observations

Early Comics 1909-1919