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Rube Goldberg: Making the simple complicated

Annual contest for high schoolers

Goldberg competition makes the simple complex--and funny.

Broadcast on KEYC-TV, Mankato, MN [2/13/2011]

More than 130 students from across southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa came to the campus of Minnesota State Mankato Friday. Their goal? Taking the simple and making it complicated.

"The Rube Goldberg machine is the idea that they receive a challenge," Judi Evans said. "This year's was to water a plant, and in at least 22 original steps, they have to get that job done."

The high school competition is the only one of its kind in the region. It's been going on for 20 years.

The winning team hailed from Southland High School.

Their device included mallets and mousetraps, and even included an "easy button" to finish off the many twists and turns.

"Our teacher told us to get a bunch of stuff together, we threw a bunch of stuff together," Southland competitor Steven Sathre said. "Took a lot of time. Everyone had an idea. It was part of everyone's thoughts and ideas, so it's a win for all of us."

The Southland High School team will next go on to the national competition at Ferris State University in Michigan.

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