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Heritage Academy Middle Schoolers finalists in Technion Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge

LONGMEADOW – A Rube Goldberg science project created by students at Heritage Academy was one of the top 10 finalists in the middle school category of the Technion Jewish Day School Challenge, created jointly by RAVSAK and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

As finalists, the project created by Heritage Academy can now be seen on the Technion YouTube channel.

The mission of the challenge was to build a Rube Goldberg machine in the spirit of Pesach. A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction. The students’ projects were inspired by the Technion’s intricate 2015 Rube Goldberg machine that can also be seen on the YouTube channel.

The Heritage team was led by science teacher Rachel Wesley.

“Our students thoroughly enjoyed putting together their Rube Goldberg machines, simultaneously building the machine itself, connecting with their teammates, and enriching their understanding of Pesach,” Wesley said.

“I am delighted to see the Technion’s role in inspiring all of the participants to do such great work,” said Prof. Yoram Halevi, dean of the Technion Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. “You have inspired us, as well, and we hope to see you grow and succeed in your science paths.”

Videos of the winning Technion Challenge machines can be viewed on the Technion YouTube channel.

CAP: Science teacher Rachel Wesley, center, surrounded by the Heritage Middle schoolers who created the Rube Goldberg machine.

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