High school teams will try to zip it at Rube Goldberg contest
February 28, 2014
11 western Wisconsin high schools will be at UW-Stout Tuesday, March 4, to determine
how complex they can make the simple task of zipping a zipper.
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest regional will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4,
in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. Competition viewing is open
to the public.
high school tournament is Saturday, April 5, at Waukesha County Technical
College in Pewaukee.
Teams are challenged to create a standard-size machine that
turns a simple procedure into something complicated in a minimum of 20 steps. The
machines are judged on creativity and functionality. This year's national
challenge is to zip a zipper. To learn more, go to the website.
The event is named after an early 20th century engineer and
cartoonist whose work spoofed modern machinery.
After opening remarks by Assistant Professor Sylvia Tiala, the
contest will begin with the first run for machines at 10:30 a.m. The second run
will be at 12:30 p.m. and the final run at 1:45 p.m. Awards will be at 3:30
p.m. All times are approximate.
The event is hosted by the UW-Stout Technology Education Engineering
Collegiate Association. The event coordinators are students Laurence Charlier,
of Menomonie; Ben Edelburg, of Rib Lake; Nano Espenses, of Waunakee; Alan
Mamerow, of Colgate; Tyler Matthews, of Wisconsin Rapids; and Austin Rayburn,
of New Auburn.
The major sponsors are Ambient Inks, Burger King of
Menomonie, Greenheck Fan, KL Engineering, Phillips Medisize and TTM