Argonne's Rube Goldberg Machine Contest 2010
Maine South High School student Jonathan Bartkowicz watches a toy train, part of the team's winning "Construction"-themed machine, trip the next step in the machine.
Argonne held its annual Rube Goldberg machine contest on Friday, March 12, 2010, at Navy Pier.
Rube Goldberg machine contests are inspired by Reuben Lucius Goldberg, whose cartoons combined simple household items into complex devices to perform trivial tasks. The machines combine the principles of physics and engineering, using common objects such as marbles, mousetraps, stuffed animals, electric mixers, vacuum cleaners, rubber tubes, bicycle parts and anything else that happens to be on hand.
Rube Goldberg” is a registered trademark and copyright of Rube Goldberg, Inc.
Image by Wes Agresta / Argonne National Laboratory.