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January 13, 2017  RSS feed
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Israeli university issues Rube Goldberg machine Earth Day challenge

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, challenges the most innovative and inspired high school students throughout the world to build their own Earth Day-themed Rube Goldberg Machines.

The challenge is an opportunity for high school students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to tap into their creative side and have some fun. Also, the students and their schools will win prizes and see their handiwork posted on Technion’s official YouTube channel.

For the uninitiated, a Rube Goldberg machine is a chain-reaction contraption that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion.

Technion International invites teams of high school students (9- 12) from schools around the world to use out-of-the-box problem solving and teamwork to build a multi-step machine that creatively incorporates environmentally themed elements in honor of Earth Day, April 22.

The registration deadline is Feb. 1 and the deadline for entries (submitted by video) is March 1.

A panel of judges representing the Technion will select the winners based on their creative rendition of the slogan “The Earth is in our Hands,” and the Earth Day theme as a Rube Goldberg Machine. Students on the winning team will receive a full scholarship toward one year of study at the Technion. The team that comes in second will receive a 3D printer for their school. The third-place team will receive an Arduino set.

For more information on the challenge, contact Zehava Solomon at admissions@int.technion. or to register for the event, go to:

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