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Rube Goldberg

(The elaborate device needed a few nudges to complete its overly-complex procedure to perform a simple task: raise a "Philadelphia Science Festival" flag.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Drexel University’s Wacky Science Machine Fails To Achieve World Record

More than 40 students of Prof. Allen Fontecchio have been working since December on an elaborate Rube Goldberg-type contraption to open the Philadelphia Science Festival.

04/25/2014

(One of 14 teams of Drexel University students who are working on the world's most complex -- albeit silliest -- mechanical device, with a computer model of their work.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Drexel Students To Usher in 2014 Science Fest With the Ultimate Silly Invention

Forty-four Drexel students will attempt to break the record for the largest “Rube Goldberg”-style device.

03/05/2014

(A detail of the machine designed by students at the Wissahickon Middle School in Ambler, from their Youtube video.)

Students at an Ambler Middle School Reach Finals In Contest To Design Wacky Machinery

Students at a Montgomery County middle school have placed in the Top 10 of this year’s “National Online Rube Goldberg Machine Contest,” thanks to four industrious eighth-grade boys and one supportive teacher-advisor.

05/01/2012

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