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St. Olaf wins Rube Goldberg competition

By David Gonnerman '90
April 2, 2012

The 2012 St. Olaf Rube Goldberg team poses with faculty advisor Jason Engbrecht, associate professor of physics (holding trophy). Photo by Roger Forman.

"A team from Minnesota's St. Olaf College Saturday won the 2012 Rube Goldberg contest, building a machine that took 191 steps to inflate and pop a balloon," reports United Press International.

"It was the second time in four years the private liberal arts school in Northfield, Minn., has won the event, named for the late cartoonist-inventor known for drawing wacky and complex ways to accomplish simple tasks."

Read the full UPI story, plus more coverage in the Star Tribune and at Scientific Computing.

Also, read about past St. Olaf Rube Goldberg teams, including the 2009 first-place finishers, the 2010 second-place team, and 2011's "that team with the girls."

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