St. Olaf wins National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

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“WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A team from St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts school in Northfield, Minn., won the 25th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Saturday (March 31) at Purdue University.  It was the second time St. Olaf has won the national competition. The school also won in 2009, the first year it entered the contest.

This year’s machine had an end-of-the-world theme that incorporated music throughout the run, ranging from the “Jaws” theme to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to the “Indiana Jones” theme.  The task for the Rube Goldberg machines this year was to inflate and pop a balloon.”

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