Penn Staters Make Simple Task Difficult

By WTAJ News

Published 02/15 2014 06:52PM

Updated 02/15 2014 07:00PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - Some Penn State students were trying to find the most complex was to do just that using a machine.

It's all part of the National Rube Goldberg Contest. The competition challenges students to use innovative ideas and different problem-solving skills to design a machine to complete simple tasks. This years mission was zipping a zipper.

"We want to show the public that engineering can be fun. Engineering and Science. I think it just sparks their imagination and they just have a good time doing it," PSU College of Engineering Director Jane Harris says.

The process must take at least 20 steps. The winning team was the "Engineering Leadership Society" at Penn State. They will represent the University at the national contest on April 12th in Columbus, Ohio.

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