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2020 Rube Goldberg
Another end-of-the-year senior year tradition is the Rube Goldberg demonstration at ASM. Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist with a degree in engineering from Cal Berkeley and the only person ever to be listed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as an adjective (Rube Goldberg Machine). His zany invention cartoons were the inspiration for the building of complex contraptions comprised of a series of interconnected parts that, when pieced together, perform simple tasks such as pulling a string to produce a domino effect.
Every spring, seniors in physics classes divide into teams to make individual segments of a Rube Goldberg Machine, which come together for a one-time live test during All-School Meeting. This year, Jackie Yanch challenged her students to keep the tradition alive by building their own at home. Please enjoy this short video featuring machines built by Bailey Jordan, Isabel Heard, Izzy Santamauro, and Ava Poole.