MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) High school students from around western Wisconsin made a trip to UW-Stout to determine how complex they can make the simple task of zipping a zipper.
The annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest took place this morning at the university.
School groups from around the region were challenged to create a machine that turns a simple procedure into something complicated in a minimum of twenty steps.
The machines were judged on creativity and functionality.
"We also award points for the best story and theme that goes along with it, but we also award points for the laugh barometer that concerns the judges impressions of the machine," says coordinator Lawrence Charlier.
New Auburn High School was named the winner.
The team won the competition with a 46 step machine, that had a Frankenstein theme.
New Auburn advances to the National Rube Goldberg Competition in April near Milwaukee.