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Photo of the Week: More than One Way to Hammer a Nail

March 18, 2013 - 3:43pm

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Last week, Argonne National Laboratory hosted the 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which gathered nine high school teams in a competition to build a series of simples tasks, combining the principles of physics and engineering. By using common objects like marbles and bicycle parts, the students were assigned to build a machine that takes at least 20 steps to hammer a nail. In this photo, members of a Hoffman Estates High School team works on assembling a Toyland-themed Rube Goldberg machine. Check out more <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/sets/72157633023662385/with/8568153243/" target="_blank">photos of the competition's complex and colorful Rube Goldberg machines</a>. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.

Last week, Argonne National Laboratory hosted the 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which gathered nine high school teams in a competition to build a series of simples tasks, combining the principles of physics and engineering. By using common objects like marbles and bicycle parts, the students were assigned to build a machine that takes at least 20 steps to hammer a nail. In this photo, members of a Hoffman Estates High School team works on assembling a Toyland-themed Rube Goldberg machine. Check out more photos of the competition's complex and colorful Rube Goldberg machines. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.

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