Rube Goldberg Whimsy Connects STEM Students to WSU
OGDEN, Utah – Students of all ages will have the chance to explore the fun side of STEM, science, technology, engineering and math, as Weber State University and the Utah Air Force Association sponsor the Live Division II Rube Goldberg Competition Jan. 19 beginning at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.
“The Rube Goldberg Contest really brings STEM home to kids,” said Dana Dellinger, director of the Center of Technology Outreach for the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology. “They are applying what they learn in school in a fun hands-on project, using problem solving, teamwork, engineering and loads of creativity.”
Rube Goldberg machines, named after the comic Rube Goldberg, involve a complex chain of events leading to the accomplishment of a simple task. The machines vary in size from a water bottle to an entire warehouse. The machines have been featured in movies Such as “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Casper the Friendly Ghost.”
Last year six schools competed in the annual event. This year 13 teams will compete in three divisions (high school, junior high and elementary) The task this year is to pour a bowl of cereal.
“We had six high school and junior high teams last year, so are pleased with the increased interest,” Dellinger said. “For Weber State to be able to partner with the Air Force Association and Hill Air Force Base to bring this fantastic competition to Utah and our campus shows our commitment and support of excellent community outreach.”
Admission to the competition is free, and the public is welcome.
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