UNDATED (WSAU) Ten students from a central Wisconsin high school have won a contest to make a simple task a lot more complicated. Owen-Withee High School in Clark County won this year’s Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at U-W Stout. Students were challenged come up with a creative and complex way to inflate a balloon and pop it – and to outline at least 20 steps in the process.
The Owen-Withee team came up with 28 steps which included a catapult, and a dragon that pops the balloon with its teeth. The contest is named in honor of the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who drew complicated devices that performed the simplest tasks. The Owen-Withee team will now advance to a national competition on Saint Patrick’s Day in Grand Rapids Michigan.