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Rube Golberg fest held at CVMS

by Christina Nelson

The second annual Rube Goldberg Design Fest took place last week in Tony Villasenor’s freshman physics class at Carson Valley Middle School.

Students work individually or in groups of up to three to design and build a mechanical contraption capable of accomplishing a simple task. The task this year was to turn off a standard wall-mounted toggle light switch.

The competition was established in 1949 when Purdue University staged a competition between engineering students in honor of Goldberg, a 1920s cartoonist.

The projects must utilize a minimum of 12 steps, perform the task without any flames or combustion, remain within certain boundaries, have a theme and provide a written explanation of the scientific principles of each step.

A physical constant states that the more parts to a mechanism, the greater number of ways it may fail. Yet, the object of the Design Fest is to design and build a contraption that performs the task in as complex a way as possible with the least amount of efficiency and the greatest amount of creativity.

The Rube Goldberg physics winners were:

Most creative, Space, Shane Sawdon, Matt Larkin and Derek Weaver; most complicated, Batman, Anthony Sullivan, Brian Forster and Josh Van Bruggen; most steps, Rundown Amusement Park, Clint McCoy, Mike Davis and John Galicia; most reliable, Toys, Tim Hinkle and Nick Wilkin; easiest to recycle, Biodegradable, Nick Green and Dominic Pascal; most recyclable parts, Biodegradable, Nick Green and Dominic Pascal; best theme, Hawaii, Cory Currence, Dave Baker and Cory Short; biggest project, Rundown Amusement Park, Clint McCoy, Mike Davis and John Galicia; smallest project, Biodegradable, Nick Green and Dominic Pascal; shortest duration, Mickey’s Nighmare, Katie La Pointe; and longest duration, Batman, Anthony Sullivan, Brian Forster and Josh Van Bruggen.

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