100 Steps To Zip A Zipper Lands Purdue A National Championship

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Credit: Courtesy Purdue University

100 Steps To Zip A Zipper Lands Purdue A National Championship

April 13, 2014 Updated Apr 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, OH (21Alive) -- A team of Purdue engineering students was able to engineer a victory at the Rube Goldberg National Championship Competition yesterday, according to WTHR.

Rube Goldberg Teams construct overly elaborate devices that perform simple tasks, similar to the devices in Rube Goldberg's comics. The team with the most imaginative machine, that works, wins the contest.

This year, engineering students from Purdue designed a machine that took 100 steps to zip a zipper, which won them the National Championship and a Legacy Award. For the first time in competition history a human was integrated into one of the steps, which seemed to be a deciding factor in their victory.

According to the team, the machine took 3500 hours to build for this year's competition.

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