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students get daily dose of vitamin c at rube goldberg contest

students get daily dose of vitamin c at rube goldberg contest

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Indiana high schools participating in the event include the International School of Indiana, Indianapolis; Richmond High School, Richmond; Noblesville High School, Noblesville; Newburgh Christian School, Newburgh; Delphi Community High School, Delphi; Highland Senior High School, Anderson; Southport High School, Indianapolis; Greenfield Central High School, Greenfield; Guerin Catholic High School, Noblesville; Kouts High School, Kouts; Anderson Highland High School, Anderson; South Putnam Junior/Senior High School, Greencastle; and Mooresville High School, Mooresville. Brandywine High School of Niles, Mich., also will participate. About 1,400 people attended last year’s regional contest. The competition pits teams of students and their machines against each other with the goal of completing simple tasks in the most complicated ways possible. Teams will be judged by the complexity, creativity and ingenuity they use to design the machines and perform the task. The winning machines must complete two successful runs, and points are deducted if students have to assist the machine once it has started. While 20 steps is the minimum number required to complete the task, most teams will use many more. Last year’s regional and national winning team, the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers, took 215 steps to shred five sheets of paper. The same team won the regional and national contests in 2005 with a machine that is now listed in the Guinness World Records as the largest working Rube Goldberg machine ever constructed. This year contestants also will be able to bring their resumes to the event. The resumes will be given to judges and sponsors. “This is the first year we have done this,” Noonan said. “It’s a great way for students to network with the judges and sponsors, who also are potential employers.” Sponsors for this year’s event include Omega Engineering Inc. of Stamford, Conn.; Minute Maid Co.; BAE Systems; Bosch Group Inc.; Daimler-Chrysler Corp.; Fluor Corp.; General Electric Co.; Kimberly-Clark Corp.; Lockheed Martin Corp.; and Motorola Inc. Purdue’s College of Engineering and College of Technology also support the event. The competition pays homage to the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical machines with complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks. Goldberg earned a degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1904. He worked as an engineer for the city of San Francisco for less than a year before becoming a sports cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for his political cartoons published by the New York Sun. In past years, teams in the national competition have included Purdue, the University of Texas at Austin, Hofstra University, Ohio State University, the University of Toledo and George Washington University. This year marks the 19th national contest. 2 of 3

In previous contests, students’ machines have been required to select, clean and peel an apple; make a cup of coffee; toast a piece of bread; put a stamp on an envelope; and drop a penny into a piggy bank. Winners have appeared on television shows internationally, including CBS’ “This Morning,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today,” “Newton’s Apple,” “Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” the Fox News Network and CNN. Purdue’s national competition winning teams from the past two years have been featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu Source: Sean Noonan, (201) 726-4695, snoonan@purdue.edu Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu Related Web site: Purdue University Rube Goldberg: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/rube/rube.index.html 3 of 3

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