Purdue teams to compete in national Rube Goldberg contest

March 26, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Two teams from Purdue University will compete in the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Saturday (March 28) in Columbus, Ohio.

The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers student team won first place in the regional Purdue competition in February. The team is the defending national champion.

The Purdue College of Technology’s Association of Mechanical and Electrical Technologists took second place in the regional contest and also will compete in the national event.

The Rube Goldberg competition rewards machines that most effectively combine creativity with inefficiency and complexity to complete a given task. The contest's namesake is the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical machines with complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks.

This year's challenge is to erase a chalkboard.

More information on the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is available at rubegoldberg.com

Media contact: James Schenke, 765-237-7296, jschenke@purdue.edu 

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