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Rube Goldberg Competition Showcases Engineering Creativity at PPMS

Team 6 photo with machineThe 19th Annual Pilgrim Park Middle School Rube Goldberg Machine Building Competition was held on Tuesday, March 26, and celebrated the creative engineering talents of 16 teams. Rube Goldberg machines are designed to find creative, innovative and roundabout ways to complete ordinary tasks.

This year's theme of "Let's Go to the Movies" inspired machines designed around themes and elements of popular Hollywood films including Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Star Wars, and more. Each team is given roughly two weeks to create a machine which is put to the test as they are given five minutes to complete two successful runs and present their narratives, following a series of questions from the judges.

This year, Team #6's Elf-themed machine was crowned the champion of the competition. Second place was given to team #12's Mary Poppins machine, and third place went to team #16's machine themed after Pixar's Up. Awards were also given to Wild Card machines based on their complexity.

Congratulations to all participating students!

Shown above: Team 6 with their Elf-themed machine, see more team photos below.