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St. Louis School, Ripley County Engineering Academy capture regional Rube Goldberg title

A festive atmosphere welcomed a large crowd to the 6th Annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest hosted by Genesis: Pathways to Success, the STEM initiative of Ripley County Community Foundation, along with Kids Discovery Factory and Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation on Saturday, March 4, at Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School. Guests gathered to see how middle and high school students had imagined, designed and created complicated machines tackling this year’s task: “Apply A Band-Aid.”

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Pictured left is the Division I winning team in the Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which was held on Saturday at Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School. Students involved in this team include Amelia Austin, Adam Laloge, Benjamin Moster, Olivia Raab, and Alyssa Wanstrath. Also included in the photo are Coach Jessica Ruschke, and Marc Laker and Jeff Hafer of Batesville Tool & Die, first place sponsor.

Capturing top honors in Division I (middle school) was St. Louis School’s “Rube World Staffers” team. The team of 7th graders won first place in the division and walked away with the Teamwork Award, Spirit of Rube Goldberg Award and Judges Award. The win qualifies the team to advance to the first ever National Division I Rube Goldberg Machine Contest scheduled for March 26 at COSI in Columbus, Ohio.

In Division II (high school), the Ripley County Engineering Academy’s machine “Operation Sam” not only captured first place, but also won the People’s Choice Award, Teamwork Award, Judges Award and the coveted Peer Award. The Engineering Academy team will advance to the National Division II Rube Goldberg Machine Contest scheduled for March 25 at COSI in Columbus, Ohio.

Other winners in Division I included the second place winner, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” from Milan Middle School. This team also won the People’s Choice Award, Creative Spark Award and Peer Award. The third place winning team in Division I was Batesville Middle School’s team, “Blocky’s Casa Rapido.” In Division II, Batesville High School’s “Xtreme Makeover: Rube Goldberg Edition” finished in second place and also won the Creative Spark and Spirit of Rube Goldberg Awards. Third place in Division II went to Greenwood High School’s “Rube’s Traveling Infirmary.” Other teams competing in the Regional contest represented South Ripley Junior High School, Jac-Cen-Del High School, Switzerland County High School, Oldenburg Academy, Batesville High School, and Milan High School.

The competition encourages teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. “This year’s contest was phenomenal,” Cheryll Obendorf, GPS executive director, said. “Over the years, we’ve seen this contest grow, and we are very thankful for the support of our community – especially our sponsors and volunteers - in making it happen.” According to Obendorf, more than 30 volunteers helped to make the event run smoothly.

Kids Discovery Factory also brought mobile exhibits for younger children to participate in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) activities.
The first national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest was launched in 1988. Nationwide television, radio and printed media attention promotes the growth of the contest to make it bigger and better each year.

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