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H.S. Students Compete for Most Unique Way to Open Umbrellas Without Hands

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MANKATO, Minn. -

High school students from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota competed in a competition to find the most unique way to open an umbrella without any hands at Minnesota State University on Thursday.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contests mission is to encourage students to use teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving skills to solve an everyday task with everyday items. The name comes from Rube Goldberg who was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist. He was more known for his inventive ideas for chain reaction inventions.

"It's a great opportunity to get students interested in science, engineering and math," Aaron Budge, Rube Goldberg Machine Contest judge, said.

Students have been working on projects for several weeks.

"Some things are not working necessarily this morning. They've had these rubes on buses and sometimes get broken during the course of the trip so a lot of them are a little frustrated," Budge said. "But they're here to have fun, so we want to make sure it's a fun time."

Students said this problem-solving competition was more fun than expected.

"It has been really fun," Carli Vander Top, Southwest MN Christian H.S. student, said. "Way more fun than I ever thought it would be. I'm not one for projects and it takes a lot of creativity."

Rube Goldberg Competition Results

1st place: Beach Bums, Chatfield H.S. from Chatfield, MN (advances to nationals)

2nd place: Time Warp, Christ's Household of Faith School from St. Paul, MN (advances to nationals)

3rd place: Sharknado (Christ's Household of Faith School from St. Paul, MN

4th place: Bad Luck Brians (Christ's Household of Faith School from St. Paul, MN

5th place: New Prague Rube-E-O's, New Prague H.S. from New Prague, MN

-- KEYC News 12