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Girls make machines at physics camp

By David Gonnerman '90
August 6, 2010

This summer 40 girls gathered at St. Olaf for the college's Engineering and Physics Camp for Girls: Building a Rube Goldberg Machine. The camp allowed high-school-aged girls who are interested in physics and engineering to work with St. Olaf physics professors Jason Engbrecht and David Nitz '73, and with St. Olaf students who have competed in the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. The eight teams of participants learned a variety of engineering and scientific principles and techniques as they crafted their own machines.

The six-day camp ended with a demonstration of the newly created machines that can be viewed in the video below.

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