Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Students Build Hamburger Machines

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Flipping burgers never took so much brain power.

This Saturday (Apr. 5), seven teams of engineering students will be displaying their man-made machines at the 20th Annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Teams were asked to build a machine that performs a simple task in 20 intricate steps, and this year, the brainy students spent months creating a contraption that assembles a basic hamburger.

According to event chairman Mike Mierzwa, the burger challenge is considered one of the most difficult ever because it takes five mini tasks: Putting two veggies, two condiments, and the burger patty between two bun halves.

But Mierzwa says it’s best to look at the challenge in simple terms.

He says, “It’s like that game Mouse Trap, where the stop sign hits the shoe to tip the bucket, so at the end, a little cage drops on a mouse. This is a glorified version of that.”

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