ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Four Washington University students can pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

This past weekend the students took home the top prize for their Rube Goldberg machine that dropped a hammer on a nail with maximal inefficiency.

Team members were: Amy Patterson and Harison Wiesman, sophomore and junior physics majors in Arts & Sciences, and Grace Kuo and Alexa Lichtenstein, sophomore electric engineering and senior mechanical engineering majors in the School of Engineering.

The group also won Best Single Step for “Post-It Slinky” and “Pouring Coffee.” For those of you who couldn’t quite place it, the voice at the end is the Staple’s “Easy Button.”

More than 1000 people attended the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest College Nationals on March 30 at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

Washington University competed against seven other colleges:

  • UW Barron County
  • University of Texas/Austin
  • Penn State
  • Purdue University
  • University of Arizona
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Corning Community College

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