Our 2014 Contest Task is Zip A Zipper.
Submitted by Southland High School, MN, 1st place winners at the Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN regionals.
Our Contest grows every year, as students, teachers, community organizations and businesses learn how Rube Goldberg Machine Contests encourage critical thinking and problem solving and team building in a non-traditional, fun learning environment.
Students from middle school through college, can compete in a RGMC. Our contests are STEM and STEAM friendly. Students who participate in our contests not only employ physics and engineering, but humor and story-telling, to create their RGM’s.
JOIN THE FUN! JOIN US IN 2014!
Team registration starts early fall 2014.
Congratulations to the winners of our Regional Rube Goldberg Competition at Minnesota State University Mankato:
1st Place: Southland 1 – Adams, MN - “Nemo’s Underwater Adventure”
2nd Place: St. Clair – St. Clair, MN – “Team Green Machine”
3rd Place: Lincoln Tigers – Lake City, MN – “The Toy Box Hammer”
4th Place: Spirit Lake 2 – Spirit Lake, IA – “The Makeshift Musicians”
5th Place: Southwest MN Christian Olympians – Edgerton, MN
Spirit of Rube Award: Southland 1, Adams, MN
Team that Traveled the Farthest Award: Carlton High School, Carlton, MN
Team that Used the Most Duct Tape Award: Spirit Lake 2, Spirit Lake, IA
“What Was That?!” Award: Prague-Ites, New Prague, MN
Congratulations to all of the competitors!
We hope to see all of you again next year!.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our High School Rube Goldberg Competition is scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2014.
TRAVERSE DES SIOUX CHAPTERFebruary 1, 2013 Centennial Student Union Ballroom Minnesota State University, Mankato
Registration deadline: December 15, 2012.
To register: https://mathcounts.org/register.
For more information, please call 507-389-1201 or email email@example.com.
Take the national high school challenge and help Rube HAMMER A NAIL!February 7, 2013 8:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (Lunch on your own) Centennial Student Union Ballroom Minnesota State University, Mankato
You must register on the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest website, http://rubegoldberg.com/contest_form2
All registrations must be submitted no later than Monday, January 30, 2013.
All Rube Goldberg Machine Contest information is posted on www.rubegoldberg.com.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners of the 2nd Annual MAVBOT Competition held at MSU, Mankato on November 17, 2013:
Novice Class:1st Place: Connor Myers (The Game Changers) 2nd Place: Christian Garcia 3rd Place: Lukas Lennartson & Gus Lennartson (Robo-X)
Advanced Class:1st Place: Annika Johnson & Gretchen Niederriter (Two Girls & a Robot) 2nd Place: Steph Anderson & Kelsey Swieringa (The Avenger Unicorns)
Thank you to all who participated!
This session on Monday, May 7, 2012 will take place at Kingsland Schools District Conference Center, 705 North Section Avenue, Spring Valley, Minnesota from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. It will detail several of the successful Minnesota PLTW school integration models and how PLTW supports student attainment of the standards. Participants will also receive an overview of the Minnesota PLTW Frameworks and how to access them. The PLTW Frameworks were developed to give educators the “power tools” to build the process for student’s success of the standards. This session will be interactive with participants and allow ample time for questions. The is no cost to attend this event but registration is required. Costs are supported through a grant by the 3M Foundation.
Please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
If you have additional questions, please contact Jim Mecklenburg, email@example.com,
320-493-5229 or 763-263-2687.
This year’s PLTW CORE training will take place on August 6 -17, 2012 at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The following courses will be offered:
Civil Engineering and Architecture
GTT (Gateway to Technology) Foundation
Principles of Engineering
Registration is open.
Leading the Way for a Better Future
For Jim Mecklenburg, Minnesota Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program director, PLTW is not just about a job. It’s not just about sharing the curriculum with Minnesota schools. For Mecklenburg, PLTW is the way to educate the students who are the future of our state, our nation and our world.
Mecklenburg’s passion for hands-on education began early on. Raised in New Ulm, Minnesota, he was a student who learned best by doing hands-on projects. He rolled his passion for “doing” into a career and began working as a carpenter. He later became a teacher and, in 1999, began working with the Minnesota Department of Education. “That was where I learned about PLTW,” said Mecklenburg. “I knew it was right for Minnesota and I made it my personal and professional goal to bring PLTW to Minnesota schools.”
PLTW entered Minnesota schools in 2002 with only six schools statewide using the curriculum. Now, PLTW is in nearly 230 middle and high schools throughout Minnesota.
Mecklenburg’s grandson Colton attends one such school. Last school year, as a seventh-grader, Colton was exposed to PLTW and began building a CO2 car through his classes. At the end of the year, he showed Mecklenburg the car and detailed the processes of designing, building and evaluating.
It is these success stories that help Mecklenburg find meaning behind what he does. “Success begets success,” he said. “And if students find success in middle schools then they can move on and they see their career pathways. I believe so strongly in the positive effects that PLTW brings to students.”
The positive effects start with the partnerships between schools and industry. A strong partnership is one of the key aspects of a successful PLTW program, according to Mecklenburg. In middle school, business partners may judge competitions, like Colton’s CO2 car. But, in high school, business partners become even more critical, serving on advisory boards and helping to determine which specialty courses the school will offer.
Mecklenburg gives the example of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). Manufacturers are saying it’s a course that needs to be taught but has been cut from schools. PLTW brings back these elements to our education systems.
“PLTW is hands-on learning,” said Mecklenburg. “That’s the way the real world works. Instead of ‘traditional’ education, you are encouraging students to be involved and look at the problem and the challenges … all while using the math, science and communication skills. It’s all intertwined with PLTW.”
“The PLTW curriculum is designed and delivered within the national academic standards,” explained Mecklenburg. Currently, are efforts underway to help identify the Minnesota academic standards that are delivered and supported through PLTW in both middle and high school courses. “You see the problem, but you never see the application,” he said. “My grandson knew the math calculations because he saw the application in building his car. All those concepts—he was immersed in and absorbing them without realizing it.”
Exposing Students to Careers
“If I had a wish, I would have all middle school students take PLTW courses because it gives them an understanding of how things work, while exposing them to careers,” said Mecklenburg. He notes that today’s elementary and middle school students will work in careers we cannot predict. The skills PLTW teaches students and the understanding they develop will help them succeed in these unknown career paths. “I look at my five grandchildren,” he said, “and they all have cell phones or toys that are interactive and make noise. You can see how we are exposing them to technology. They may not understand it but, at some point, they need to understand how those technologies work.”
Mecklenburg’s commitment to PLTW is more than just a position. It’s a passion for the future of our nation and the future success of his grandchildren, and their children after that. “As parents and grandparents we want what is best for our children and grandchildren,” said Mecklenburg. “I know in my heart and mind that PLTW is right for my grandchildren because I have seen the success in Minnesota schools and other schools across the nation.”
Rachel England is a contributing writer for Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association.
Copyright © 2012 Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. For permission to use or reprint this article please contact Amy Slettum, publications manager for Precision Manufacturing journal.
Congratulations to the winners of our Regional Rube Goldberg Competition at Minnesota State University Mankato: The Three Knuckleheads from John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minnesota. It was a very close competition. They will be competing in the National Rube Goldberg Competition at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan on March 17, 2012. Congratulations to all of our competitors.
2nd Place: Southland 2, Adams, MN
3rd Place: Seal Team 7, St Clair, MN
4th Place: Team Sesame, St Clair, MN
5th Place: Loyola #2, Mankato, MN
Student’s Choice Award: Team Sesame, St Clair, MN
Spirit of Rube Award: Southland 2, Adams, MN
Team that traveled the farthest award: Shananigans, Carlton, MN
Team that exemplified the theme award: Eagles 1, Edgerton, MN
Team that used the most duct tape: Witch Doctors, New Richland, MN
We hope to see all of you again next year.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our High School Rube Goldberg Competition is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Our Collegiate Rube Goldberg Competition is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2013.
A PLTW Counselor/Administrator Conference is a professional development conference designed to inform school counselors, administrators, teachers, school board members, business/industry partnership members, post-secondary advisors, about the PLTW program and give them information they can use to encourage students to enroll in PLTW courses.
***Attending this session will meet the PLTW Certification requirements. ***
Where: Waubun-Ogema-White Earth High School, 1013 3rd Street, Waubun MN 56589
When: Thursday, February 23, 2012 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 which includes refreshments and lunch.
Questions: Jim Mecklenburg, firstname.lastname@example.org, Work cell (320) 493-5229, Home Office 763-263-2687
A map, directions, and final agenda will be sent to registered attendees via e-mail prior to the event.