With more than 1000 people in attendance, the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest College Nationals on March 30, was an overwhelming success. Hosted by the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio, children, students, parents, grandparents and interested onlookers had a wonderful time watching students run their machines and compete for the number ONE spot. The machines were wild, and the crowd and students, extremely enthusiastic!
Mo Rocca and CBS Sunday Morning were there to film the RGM's and talk with the teams. Kinetic artist, Joseph Herscher was on hand as a judge.
Seven collegiate teams competed:
UW Barron County
University of Texas/Austin
University of Arizona
Washington University in St. Louis
Corning Community College
First Place - Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Second Place - University of Arizona, AZ
Third Place - Purdue University, IN
Best Single Step - Washington University, MO won this category with 2 steps that tied for the award: Post it Slinky step and Pouring Coffee step
Legacy Award - University of Arizona, AZ
Honorary Mention - Corning Community College, NY for Graveyard Plaques
Jennifer George, RGI's Legacy Director and Rube's granddaughter was on hand to present the awards and announce the 2014 Contest Task - Zip A Zipper.
We thank all the students, teachers/advisors, hosts and judges that make our contest fun and successful.
Fifteen high school teams competed with their "Hammer A Nail" RGM's at the RGMC High School Nationals.
Nationals were hosted by STEM Forward at Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI, on March 16th.
First place honors went to Craig High School, Janesville, WI team Craig Engineering Club.
Hoffman Estates High School, Hoffman Estates, IL took 2nd place with Team 1.
Kimberly High School, Kimberly, WI placed 3rd with team Tom & Jerry.
Congratulations to all!!