Purdue team zips to Nationals in Rube Goldberg competition

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers is putting a human touch into a complex machine. At the Regional Rube Goldberg competition this weekend, the task was simple – to zip up a zipper.

In addition to all of the gadgets and gizmos, for the first time ever, the team also incorporated a human being into their winning machine. Team president Adam Bahrainwala said it was the human element that put them over the top.

“It’s the first time in competition that we have ever had a human actually inside of our machine,” said Bahrainwala. “And so, we have never seen that or heard of that in competition and we thought, you know, it’s really in the spirit of the cartoons to put someone in.”

The Purdue team now advances to Nationals. That competition is being held in Columbus, Ohio on April 12.

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