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Published on Apr 22, 2016
Rube Goldberg drew thousands of cartoons of his crazy contraptions -- but no one actually *built* one until Purdue University engineering students started a contest in the 1950s. Fast forward to the 21st century, and the official Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is now a global enterprise, with teams of all ages and all stripes. But with history on their side -- and engineering in their blood -- Purdue students are always perennial contenders for the prize.
This mini-documentary follows three Purdue teams (AMET, ASME, and PSPE) from conception to completion to competition of their crazy machines. We also hear from Jennifer George, Rube Goldberg's granddaughter, why these contests are worthwhile for getting young people interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).