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Purdue Wins with Zipper Contraption

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How to zip a zipper in “the most complicated and hilarious way possible” – that was this year's challenge in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest College Nationals – and the champs -- a group of students from Purdue University that included a civil engineering student from the Region. David Cannon, a Valparaiso-area native who graduated from Washington Township High School in Porter County, is a senior at West Lafayette and a member of the Purdue University Society of Professional Engineers Team that put together the winning contraption, their entry titled “A Simple Way to Get Ready for Work,” featuring a machine that zipped a zipper in 85 steps. The official Rube Goldberg website says you can watch the First Place Purdue team on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author, who, with a degree in engineering, became known for drawings featuring machines that made simple tasks extraordinarily complicated. [Cannon, inside their winning entry/Photo/Vincent Walter, courtesy Purdue University]

Rube Goldberg's granddaughter Jennifer George gets zipped up in Purdue's winning Rube Goldberg machine in this year's national competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmY-EBSvUcY









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