If you want a bowl of cereal, just grab a box and pour your flakes or puffs into a bowl. But that will not bring you a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. You'll need a labyrinthine gizmo that goes through as many unnecessary steps as possible to bring your cereal to court.
Hundreds of students attended the 30th anniversary of the Rube Goldberg Contest during the live finals in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry over the weekend.
The challenge in 2018 was to pour a bowl of muesli from a partnership with General Mills, a well-known cereal producer for cheerios and lucky charms. The company has recently released a series of cereal boxes that allow people to make a Rube Goldberg machine at home by using only the packaging and household items such as pencils, paper clips and tape.
Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist and inventor of multi-stage devices that perform a simple task, such as flying a fly or opening a window. The contest started as a small event in 1988 and now welcomes teams from across the US making progress through regional competitions.
The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team won the highest university department with a sophisticated machine containing a Toyukulele. a boxing glove, a windmill, running water and two large sections turning on gears. It's funny, but it's also an impressive technical achievement.
The Rho Gamma Phi team from Chatfield High School, Chatfield, Minnesota, received the highest honor in the High School Division with a machine designed for a messy dorm. The adorable device has an alarm clock, a guitar, red plastic cups and instant ramen noodles.
"Pupils put their hearts and souls into their amazing Rube Goldberg Machines and built STEM masterpieces that combined creativity and engineering skills. I made my grandfather proud," said Jennifer George, granddaughter of Rube Goldberg.
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