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Wisconsin-Stout defends Goldberg title

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., March 26 (UPI) -- The University of Wisconsin-Stout Saturday won its second consecutive Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Purdue University in Indiana.

The contest requires machines to use a minimum of 20 steps to complete a task in 2 minutes. The task for this year's contest was watering a plant, Purdue said in a release.

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Defending champion Wisconsin-Stout won for the second time in its second year competing in the 24th national competition with a machine that took 135 steps. Teams are allowed three attempts to complete two runs; Wisconsin-Stout completed one perfect run and one run with an intervention, the release said.

Pennsylvania State University took second place and the University of Texas was third.

The contest honors Rube Goldberg, who "specialized in drawing whimsical machines with complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks," Purdue said.

Jennifer George, Rube Goldberg's granddaughter and legacy director of Rube Goldberg Inc., announced next year's task will be to blow up and pop a balloon.

"I'm thrilled to be here. It's incredibly exciting. I know my grandfather is here in spirit," she said.

Details on contests and other activities can be found at rubegoldberg.com.

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