Wednesday, January 27, 2010

9&10 News Morning Show Shoots Live From Ferris State University To Recognize Rube Goldberg Team Thursday Morning

BIG RAPIDS - Tune in Thursday morning to the 9&10 News Morning Show as Ferris State University’s own Rube Goldberg team participates in a live broadcast from the Interdisciplinary Resource Center Connector. Ferris professor and Rube Goldberg team advisor Thomas Hollen, along with students Mike Dunakin of Grand Rapids, Kyle Hebner of Oscoda and Bryan Williams of Lupton will discuss their recent trip to Tokyo, Japan, and give viewers an inside look at what really goes on inside one of their machines.

Segments will air at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour beginning at 6:15 a.m. with the last segment airing at 8:45 a.m.

Or, if you’re stopping by the IRC Connector for your morning cup of joe from Starbucks, hang around and see a live broadcast in action.

The team recently spent two weeks in Tokyo trying to break their own world record of completing a task in the most steps possible through a Rube Goldberg machine. They set the Guinness World Record in 2007 with their “Toy Factory” creation, in which the students built a contraption that squeezed the juice of an orange in 229 steps. That same year, the students also walked away national champions in the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Competition.

The competition is named after Reuben Garret L. Goldberg, co-founder and president of the American National Cartoonist Society. One of the most famous cartoonists in history, Goldberg earned lasting fame for his Rube Goldberg machines – machines that perform simple tasks in exceedingly complex ways.

In Japan, Ferris’ Rube Goldberg team was put to the test: create a bigger and better “Toy Factory” that can squeeze the juice of an orange in even more steps. The feat will be showcased on the Japanese television show Spring in Trivia Feb. 27, 2010.

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