High School Students Strive to Build a Better Bologna and Cheese Sandwich
Troy, N.Y. — Making a bologna and cheese sandwich would seem
to be a simple project involving a plate and a knife, some
bread and, well, bologna and cheese.
But not if you are a contestant in the annual Rube Goldberg
Contest, named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist who
dreamed up elaborate contraptions to perform the simplest
tasks. Four Questar III seniors enrolled in the New Visions
program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been planning
their project since January.
New Visions is administered by the Center for Initiatives in
Pre-College Education at Rensselaer.
“New Visions is a program for students who are considering a
college major in math, engineering, technology, or science. The
program provides an opportunity for students to get hands-on
personal experience with collegiate laboratory research and
course work,” said the New Visions teacher, Tammie
Contestants must use at least 20 steps to complete their
sandwich-making task. Without giving too much away, the Questar
III project involves a bone, a mousetrap, a spatula, a plastic
spider, and lots of plastic tubing.
The Questar III students attend Averill Park High School,
Coxsackie-Athens High School, Ichabod Crane High School, and
South Colonie High School.
The Questar III students will compete against 16 other teams
from 14 other high schools in the regional Rube Goldberg
Contest this Saturday, April 7, at Union College in
Contact: John Scharf, Questar III public information officer,
(518) 732-7266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Patrick Kurp
Phone: (518) 276-6531