BIG BANG THEORY PLACES THIRD IN REGIONAL RUBE GOLDBERG CONTEST
(March 9, 2013) Five teams for RHS competed in the Long Island Regional Rube Goldberg competition on Saturday, March 9th, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Riverhead’s teams competed agains teams from all over Long Island and New York City, and one of the teams, the "Big Bang Theory", placed third. The team included: Aakash Gandhi, Brianne Corwin, Joann Yeung and Karla Vanston. The goal of this year's projects was to make a hammer hit a nail as the final act in a process that involved at least 20 steps.
Annual RUBE GOLDBERG Competition at Riverhead High School
(December 21, 2012) Riverhead High School held its third annual Rube Goldberg competition Friday morning before the holiday break. The goal of this year's projects was to make a hammer hit a nail as the final act in a process that involved at least 20 steps.
The projects are judged on a 100 point system according to national Rube Goldberg judging standards, which include factors such as the complexity of the project, the use of recognizable, everyday items in a creative, unique, or funny way, the visual and physical ingenuity of the contraption, and whether or not it actually works. The competitors include teams from the 9th grade Smart Physics classes and the Regents level AP classes.
“The wow factor is as almost as important as anything else,” said physics teacher Greg Wallace, who coordinates the competition along with fellow teachers Brian Cunningham and Kim Skinner.
This year’s first place Rube Goldberg project in the Smart Physics category was entitled “Six Hero’s in the City,” designed and executed by Bryce McKissick, Lauren Mastropolo, Mike Harris, Brian Clark, and Haley Rudnicki.
In the Regents AP category, first place went to “Chain Reaction,” built by Kaitlyn Doherty, Sarah Freeborn, Jose Chinchilla, Jordan Tapley and Kathleen Farnam.
One of the judges, Tim Gannon, a reporter from the Riverhead News Review noted, "There was no category for best team name, but if there was, 'E=MC Hammer,' the name of the group comprised of students Eric Divan, Mike Dellarusso, and Leia Kent, probably would have won."
The winners will go on to a regional competition later in the year in Garden City’s Cradle of Aviation Museum, where, according to Mr. Wallace, a win would qualify the team to compete in a national competition in Detroit. RHS has placed second and third at this competition for two years running.
This year’s competition was also supposed to have an added feature with a Holiday theme, a competition to design catapults to toss fruitcakes, but heavy rains and high winds led to the cancelation of this event, which will be rescheduled. >News Review coverage