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Ripley County Engineering Academy wins regional Rube Goldberg title

Jared Rogers

Eleven hopeful teams of students descended upon Jac-Cen-Del High School on March 3 to compete in the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. This regional contest divided teams into middle and high school levels, where the task of the year was to pour a bowl of cereal. Rube Goldberg machines are built to be whimsical and humorous, and integrate a complex number of steps to achieve a simple goal. This year, middle school teams were required to have a minimum of 10 steps to complete their goal, while high schoolers were required to create 20 steps.

Milan Middle School team membersJARED ROGERS PHOTO
Pictured left, Milan Middle School team members worked to fine tune their machine. Members are: Deric Porter, Ayden Potts, Max Hartman, Ethan Eicher, Landon Morgan and Brody Lack.Milan Middle School team members worked to fine tune their machine. Members are: Deric Porter, Ayden Potts, Max Hartman, Ethan Eicher, Landon Morgan and Brody Lack.

The year 2018 marks the 30th year of the Rube Goldberg program, and in our regional competition, Cornerstone Christian Academy, from Willoughby Hills, OH, took the middle school title, along with being awarded the People’s Choice, Spirit of Rube Goldberg, Teamwork, Creative Spark, and Judges’ Awards. The middle school Peer Award was granted to Jac-Cen-Del’s team of young engineers.

Coming in second place was Batesville Middle School, coached by John Goewert, and third place was awarded to Milan Middle School, coached by Jeremiah Loehmer. In high school competition, the Ripley County Engineering Academy, coached by Paul Thole, took top honors, along with winning the People’s Choice, Teamwork, Spirit of Rube Goldberg, and Judges’ Awards. This group is made up of students from various schools who attend the Ripley County Engineer Academy held at the Jac-Cen-Del School in Osgood. Batesville High School took home the Peer and Creative Spark Awards. Coming in second place overall was Batesville High School, coached by Tim Mauzy, and third place was Jac-Cen-Del High School, coached by Anthony Moorman.

The first place award winning teams of Cornerstone Christian Academy and the Ripley County Engineering Academy will continue on to participate in the 2018 Nationals, held April 21-22 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL.

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Pictured right, The Ripley County Engineering Academy won the high school division Rube Goldberg competition. Their machine performed nearly flawlessly in its complex, step-by-step process of pouring a bowl of cereal mechanically. Coached by Paul Thole, team members include: James Burford, Tyler Klein, Bradley Martini, Dylan Swinney, Jacob Simon, Kara Merkel, Jackson Douglas, Landon Ledford, Seth Pohle, Rebekah Dodge and Alex Minch.

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