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Penn State students compete in engineering contest
By: Lauren Hensley
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--Seven Penn State student teams are taking on a national challenge: which team can design and build a machine that zips a zipper in 20 or more steps. It is a part of the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption deliberately over-engineered that performs a very simple task in a very complicated manner, usually including a series of chain reactions.
Basically the goal is to complete a simple task with a bunch of other complicated steps leading up to it and this year it is zippering a zipper. Our machine is basically themed, 'Day in the life of a child,' so we have fans going, we have boats going across rivers, Penn State student Dan McGarry said.
McGarrys team was crowned the winners and they will be eligible to represent Penn State at the national competition, held at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus Ohio on April 12.