On April 15, 2015

Marionettes and Rube Goldberg at KES

Courtesy of KMS

Photo One: A convincing Rube Goldberg invention by Peter Tschaikowsky, a sixth grader at  KES.

Photo Two: Killington Elementary student Wesley Cloutier displays a marionette designed earlier this month.

KILLINGTON—Using ingenuity and curiosity, students in Mrs. Kaija’s fifth and sixth grade art classes at Killington Elementary School recently delved into creating marionettes. A marionette is a string-operated, multi-limbed mechanism that moves in various ways when manipulated to perform certain actions. The students’ marionettes will be appear in an upcoming concert.

“Rube Goldberg” inventions

Sixth graders in Amy Simonds class at KES recently made “Rube Goldberg” inventions out of recyclables.

These inventions are named after American inventor Rube Goldberg (1883-1970), whose famously “over-engineered” gadgets performed very simple tasks, usually involving a chain reaction.

Andy Salamon, a Killington resident and engineer, helped develop the activity and guide students through the engineering process. They first planned one simple task to complete, such as turning off a light or watering a plant, and then created a contraption to accomplish that task. Students used problem-solving and collaboration skills to complete their inventions, and the process required lots of patience!

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Three reasons I’m voting ‘Yes’ for the new school build

February 28, 2024
Dear Editor, As a full-time Killington resident, here are three reasons why I’m voting for the new school build. First, the time is now. As others have indicated in previous letters, seven years of school boards have been working on this project. Over the course of that time, volunteer school board members, community members, and…

Suspect arrested in shooting of 3 Palestinian American students

November 29, 2023
  By Alan J. Keays/VTDigger Burlington Police say they have arrested a suspect in the shooting Saturday night that wounded three young Palestinian American men. The three men, all 20 years old, were in Burlington visiting relatives of one of the men over the Thanksgiving holiday when the shooting took place around 6:30 p.m. Saturday…

Governor Scott appoints five Superior Court judges

November 22, 2023
  Governor Phil Scott announced Nov. 17 his appointment of five Vermont Superior Court Judges: Benjamin Battles of Waterbury, Susan McManus of Manchester Center, Rachel Malone of South Burlington, Alexander Burke of Arlington, and Navah Spero of Richmond. “As I have often said, selecting judges is one of the most important responsibilities for any governor,”…

White River Junction’s ECFiber bonds gain S&P rating

November 15, 2023
   ECFiber, Vermont’s first communications union district, has obtained a BB rating for its 2023 Series A bonds from S&P Global, the nation’s preeminent credit rating agency.  “This is a historic moment,” said Stan Williams, ECFiber’s municipal finance advisor and widely regarded as the architect of Vermont’s Communications Union District (CUD) model. “For the first…