Who Will Build the Wackiest, Most Over-Engineered Machine to Pour a Bowl of Cereal?
Who Will Build the Wackiest, Most Over-Engineered Machine to Pour a Bowl of Cereal?
by Paul Church, Fieldston Upper Science Teacher and Department Chair

On Sunday, March 11, ECFS will host its third annual Rube Goldberg Contest (the best time for spectators to arrive is around 12:30 pm; for other details, see poster below). This year, we will have three teams from Fieldston Upper and three teams from visiting schools competing to build the wackiest, most over-engineered machine to pour a bowl of cereal. The winning team will go on to compete in the national contest, to be held next month in Chicago.

The students on the Fieldston Upper teams have voluntarily given up every Saturday afternoon since September to work on their machines, which are the epitome of STEM education and, perhaps more importantly, teamwork!

The contest also will feature more than 30 students from Ethical Culture, Fieldston Lower, and Fieldston Middle demonstrating robots that dance, play soccer, and perform other assorted engineering feats. There will be activities for spectators as well.

Here is a video of the winning team from last year's Rube Goldberg Contest at Fieldston. The goal was to apply a Band-Aid. That is Rube Goldberg's granddaughter (and Fieldston graduate) Jennifer George on the receiving end of the Band-Aid.

I hope you can make it on Sunday.