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Students take 'Rube Goldberg challenge' at BOCES' first Engineering Day
Teams of students from around the region were handed a box full of disparate but common items and given about two and a half hours to design and built their own version of a Rube Goldberg machine. The items included such objects as marbles, string, tape, popsicle sticks, balloons, tennis balls, toy cars, fishing line, dominoes, foam insulation tubes, and assorting other doodads.

A Rube Goldberg machine has been defined as “a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction.” It is named for American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883-1970).

The machines were required to include at least five transfers of energy initiated by the touch of a single item ... a marble released down a paper towel tube, for example. Each team was also required to develop a theme for their project, demonstrate a creative use of materials, and write a one-page handout for judges that detailed the energy changes taking place in their machine.

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