Contraptions make complicated work out of a very simple task|
|Team “Newton’s 4th” narrowly took first place over Team “Limitless” at Antigo High School’s annual Rube Goldberg Machine Competition, an admittedly convoluted contest.|
Machines must accomplish a very simple task in many complicated steps. The challenge this year was to zip a zipper in at least 20 steps.
“This year we had five teams, each with its own machine,” instructor Larry Stookey said. “The students worked diligently through final exams, at least two polar vortices, and a lot of snow.”
Each team was given a sheet of plywood and six two-inch by two-inch pieces of wood.
“Everything else was the design and work of the students,” Stookey said.
Third place went to "Player 1", Team "SRTJ3" took fourth, and "Cairo Vice" came in fifth.
The theme of Newton’s 4th was “camping in the mountains,” and they will advance to the University of Wisconsin-Stout Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Competition on March 4.
Limitless worked with a casino theme and will advance to the Milwaukee Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Competition on the Waukesha County Technical College campus at Pewaukee on March 7.
First place winners at either regional competition are invited to the National Rube Goldberg Machine Competition in Pewaukee on April 5.
The Rube Goldberg machine contest is inspired by Reuben Lucius Goldberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist whose drawings turned simple household items into complex devices to perform trivial tasks.
A Rube Goldberg contraption – an elaborate set of arms, wheels, gears, handles, cups and rods, put in motion by balls, canary cages, pails, boots, bathtubs, paddles and live animals – takes a simple task and makes it extraordinarily complicated. He had solutions for How To Get The Cotton Out Of An Aspirin Bottle, imagined a Self-Operating Napkin, and created a Simple Alarm Clock – to name just a few of his hilariously depicted drawings.
The competition provides high school students with the opportunity to apply all areas of science and engineering in a hands-on learning environment and to encourage them to make science and engineering part of their future academic and professional careers.
Members of the Antigo High School tems included:
—Team “Newton’s 4th”: Steph Hanke, Blake Kirsch, Logan Wanca, Jed Arndt, Wyatt Franzen and Joseph Reineke.
—Team “Limitless”: Garrett Grabowsky, Brett Haakenson, Dylan Packard, Kirk Prince, Brittney Wald, Cassidy Igl.
—Team “Player 1”: Sarah Doucette, Andrea Aderman, Morgan Koutnik, Brianne Ackley, Sam Matucheski, Brianna Wilson, Nick Flores.
—Team “SRTJ3”: Ryan Waters, Jose Morales, Chris Owen, Travis Clark, Joe Servi, Cortland Tatro, Jordan Gillette.
—Team “Cairo Vice”: Cameron Meyer, Hunter Groot, Andrew Breutzmann.
Team “Newton’s 4th” narrowly took first place at Antigo High School’s annual Rube Goldberg Machine Competition.