More than two dozen sixth-graders at Shore Road School emphasized science, creativity, problem solving and fun as they participated in the annual Rube Goldberg Invention Convention.

“The convention is basically reverse engineering, where the challenge for the students is to take a simple idea and make it complicated,” remarked Brian Wallrapp, the district’s science consultant. Added Principal Patrice Matthews, “The purpose is to inspire the students to stretch their thinking and work outside of the box.”

Working in groups of four or fewer, students constructed fun and wacky contraptions from common household items. Using pulleys, duck tape and their imagination, students’ projects included a complicated dog feeder, balloon popper, mousetrap and rocket launcher.