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Creative kids concoct complex toys

Union recently hosted the 11th annual Rube Goldberg Engineering Competition at Memorial Fieldhouse.

The contest is named for the late Rube Goldberg, an engineer and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. His cartoons, depicting “inventions” that epitomized “man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to accomplish minimal results,” appeared in thousands of daily newspapers between 1914 and 1964.

Teams of middle and high school students had to build a machine that could plant a tree.

James N. Hedrick, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was the contest chair. The competition was coordinated by the Engineering program. Other event sponsors include GE Volunteers, KAPL, Bechtel and the Schenectady Museum.

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