Purdue Rube Goldberg team prepares for nationals

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue engineering students geared up for a national competition with some help from some first graders from Lafayette Christian School Wednesday evening.

The elementary students lent a hand to the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers, who are preparing to head to Ohio this weekend to compete for the Rube Goldberg national title. Their machine requires one person to start the machine and have it go through a series of tasks before finishing by zipping up the person’s jacket.

Team president Adam Bahrainwala says it’s good to have an audience around so the team can judge their reactions to the machine. He says it’s especially invaluable because of a new approach taken by the team this year.

“We have maybe one-third of the steps we would normally have. [We decided to] focus on bigger steps, things that are slower, and more visually appealing,” said Bahrainwala.

The competition takes place Saturday at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

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