New Auburn team wins National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest


UW-Stout says the team's machine includes pumps, pegs, pins, valves, a vortex tube, a funnel, a gurney wheel and an incline plane.  The machine also included an eyeball, rat traps, a hand, and a saw.  A bag of bones at the end of the machine acted as a weight to zip the zipper.

NEW AUBURN, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area high school has been awarded its fourth National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest championship.

A team from New Auburn High School won its latest championship during a competition at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee on Saturday. The team, made up of 14 seniors and two juniors, advanced to the national competition after winning a regional competition at UW-Stout last month. The machine, which is called "Frankenbutts," features a Frankenstein character and theme. It uses a 46-step process. The goal of this year's competition was to zip a zipper. The competition tasks students with making a machine that turns a simple procedure into one that's complicated.

New Auburn typically graduates classes of about 25 students per year. A supervisor at the school says championships like the Rube Goldberg competitions are a point of pride for students there.


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