The 14th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Competition went off with a bang at Antigo High School, to make a simple task as complicated as possible.
Some machines had about 20 steps, others up to 60. The teams are judged on how many steps their contraption has, and if, or how many times, a piece does not work.
"Each team has to accomplish a task, this year, it has to zip a zipper.," Mr. Stookey, Physics Instructor said, "it has to do it in 20 steps, zipping the zipper has to be at least the 20th step."
No matter how the zipper got zipped, the students say they all walked away with a valuable lesson.
"We learned a lot about problem solving, there's just a lot of trial and error you have to go through," Sam Matucheski , senior competitor said, "ok, why did this go wrong, you have to isolate a variable, okay, we nudged it a little to the left, or, because it wasn't set right."
While the competition is fierce between teams, they are all hoping to win for their teacher, and mentor.
"We're hoping as our last year as seniors we're going to get Stookey a state medal," Jed Arndt said.
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