Bayville Intermediate School Fifth graders Michael Uber and Cooper James used a toy car to speed down a track and into a cup, pulling chips down into a bowl of salsa.

As a culmination of three weeks of planning and engineering, the fifth-grade students at Bayville Intermediate recently showcased their Rube Goldberg machines – a chain reaction type device designed to perform a simple task.

As part of the Library Enrichment for All Program or LEAP, students spent their library time with their teachers and librarian Dr. Jennifer Farrell working in groups and to create elaborate contraptions out of simple machines, such as levers, pulleys and inclined planes, to complete tasks such as dipping chips in salsa and filling a dog bowl with food.

Some of the students’ parents took time out of their days to help plan and construct the machines from late January into early February.