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High schoolers compete in regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) – High schoolers from Illinois and Wisconsin competed against each other on Friday in the annual regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.

This year’s goal of the contest was to create a machine that successfully pours a bowl of cereal in at least 20 steps. The event promotes the STEM field and gives students an opportunity to show off their engineering skills.

“It’s great experience especially if you love building things and tinkering with things,” Kimberly High School senior Christopher Thompson said.

Ten teams competed. The winner will go on to the finals in Chicago.

Here were the results from the competition:

1st place -- Waunakee HS (Moves on to finals in Chicago, $750 prize)

2nd place – St. Catherine’s HS – Racine ($500 prize)

3rd place – Kimberly HS – ($250 prize)

Some local school districts that won specialty awards were:

Pius XI HS – Best Design Award, Best Peer Award

St Catherine’s (Racine) – Best Presentation Award, Helping Hand Teamwork Award

Wauwatosa School District – Most Interesting Step Award

Milwaukee Lutheran HS – Best Technical Writing of Machine Steps Award

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