The program started in Decatur and has grown to include Champaign, Peoria, and Springfield. On March 14th the top three Rubes from each area participated in the regional competition in Champaign at the University of Illinois during their "Engineering Open House". This year's Rube Goldberg objective was to move a piece of paper and then fold it. The entire Rube has to fit within a 3'x3'x3' space and needs to use at least ten steps and all six of the simple machines (pulley, lever, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, and screw).
Alex enjoyed working with all the kids and looks forward to going back again next year!