Newark Valley Team Places 2nd in Engineering Challenge
More than 350 students from 17 school districts came together forming 90 teams to put their ingenuity, creativity and team-building skills to the test. This year the Newark Valley Middle Team came in second place. The team, made up of Midori Barret, Alyssa Brown, McKenna Buck and Maddy Davis participated in a race against the clock to create a functional Rube Goldberg machine out of a box of everyday household items. A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine that is intentionally designed to perform a single task in an indirect and overcomplicated fashion. Often these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect.
The team was given two hours, a set of rules and was limited to using the provided items. Some of the items included wooden dowels, straws, a pulley, magnets and other items that can commonly be found around the house. Each team was judged on criteria including the number of steps involved in their machine, whether or not the machine was successful and how long the machine took to complete its run.
The event is coordinated with help from SUNY Broome Community College, The Eastern Southern Tier STEM Hub and Broome-Tioga BOCES.