New Auburn scares off competition to win Rube Goldberg
March 4, 2014
Frankenstein was a
thing of beauty Tuesday, March 4, during the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at
University of Wisconsin-Stout.
New Auburn High School
won the annual engineering competition with a 46-step machine called
Frankenbutts, featuring a Frankenstein character and theme. During three
competition runs, the machine performed flawlessly.
New Auburn scored
474 points. Second place went to Bayfield High School with 456 points and third
place to Antigo High School with 432 points.
New Auburn advances
to the national Rube Goldberg competition Saturday, April 5, at Waukesha
County Technical College in Pewaukee.
had performed flawlessly during 30 or 40 precompetition runs in recent days
leading up to the competition, said Drew Galetka, team captain, so the team had
perfectly, but it's definitely nerve-wracking," Galetka said.
The Rube Goldberg competition challenges students to create
a machine that turns a simple procedure into something complicated. Machines
must have a minimum of 20 steps and be a standard size. This year's national challenge
is to zip a zipper.
Machines are judged on creativity and functionality. The
event is named after an early 20th century engineer and cartoonist whose work
spoofed modern machinery.
Frankenbutts, with a
Frankenstein lookalike at the center of the machine, has numerous engineering
features: pumps, pegs, pins, valves, a vortex tube, a funnel, a gurney wheel
and an incline plane. Creative features include an eyeball, rat traps, a hand, a
saw and, at the end, a bag of bones that act as a weight to zip the zipper.
Galetka said the
team, made up of seniors in the shop class, began working on the machine in
early December, including during class hours and weekends. Team members put in
a minimum of 500 hours of work, he said.
New Auburn last won
the regional at UW-Stout in 2011.
A total of 10
schools competed. New Auburn also won the People's Choice Award. Plum City won
the Most Spirited Award, Loyal the Best Story Award and Unity the Laugh
The event was hosted by the UW-Stout Technology Education
Engineering Collegiate Association. The event coordinators were 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 were Ambient Inks, Burger King of
Menomonie, Greenheck Fan, KL Engineering, Phillips Medisize and TTM