College and high school teams will test their carpentry skills in this year’s local Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Feb. 23 in Purdue Univ. Armory.
The contest, sponsored by Purdue’s Phi Chapter of Theta Tau engineering fraternity, rewards machines that most effectively combine creativity with inefficiency and complexity to complete a given task. This year’s challenge is to hammer a nail.
The contest’s namesake is the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical machines with complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks. The local event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public and is part of Purdue’s celebration of National Engineers Week.
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