That's because these teens were preparing to compete in Purdue University's Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
triumphed for the third straight time in April at the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Rube Goldberg, who was famous for satirizing new technologies, and is devoted to bringing his cartoon "inventions" to life.
Newark Electronics presented Purdue University engineering students with a first place win in the 2001 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
A new collection of his drawings (Rube Goldberg Inventions, by Maynard Frank Wolfe, published by Simon and Schuster), as well as cable television specials and feature films, compliment the annual National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
at Purdue University, which this year challenges participants to "fill and seal a clear glass jar (time capsule) with models or samples of the significant inventions of the 20th century.
It won first place in the 11th annual National Rube Goldberg Machine contest
at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
And every spring, thousands of students compete to build the best ones in Rube Goldberg Machine Contests
, held online and at sites around the country.