What is it?
The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is an annual event designed to pull students away from conventional problem solving and push them to even greater imaginative and intuitive thought. For the contest, teams are given a simple challenge for which they must create a machine - an assembly of ordinary objects, mechanical gadgets, and the oddest odds and ends - to solve the problem in a complicated and convoluted way. This year's challenge is for teams to switch a normal not so eco friendly incandescent light bulb with a different more efficient light emitting device. The more steps involved in the process - there's a minimum of 20 - the better.
What is it?
The University of Wisconsin-Stout Technology Education Collegiate Association's Supermileage Challenge provides high school and middle school students an opportunity to engage in:
UW-Stout Technology Education students were the first entrepreneurs to bring the Supermileage challenge into Wisconsin. The sumpermileage program, running since 1992, enables university students to gain experience interacting with high school students and teachers prior to graduating and entering the teaching profession.