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Burlington School News: Robotics, Rube Goldberg and rubber bands


March 25, 2022

Burlington robotics students who attended the Engineering Fair at the Oklahoma Science Museum. (from top left) – Trevor Hankey, Summer Olson, Alexander Harmon, McKenzie Olson, Ranee Russell. (hiding) – Rebecka Carlson, Haven Stoner and Seth Zahnter. Seated left and under the table – Haylie McCullough and Dominick Olson.

Robotics teacher Jennifer Newlin and ten of her robotics students attended the Engineering Fair at the Oklahoma Science Museum on Wednesday, March 23.

Mrs. Newlin has been taking willing kids to the fair for nearly a decade. She encourages her students to attend the fair for a good science experience and to learn new things. Displays at the museum in Oklahoma City are shown to the students after the fair.

Burlington students are required to make a project in class regardless of if they are attending the fair, so every student gets a chance to learn and have fun. Some of the projects the students have created this year are a ping pong ball launcher and rubber band powered cars.

Mckenzie Olson's team made a Rube Goldberg machine to make a simple task complicated. They used all types of materials they could find lying around in the lab at school and at home.

The students were able to gain experience using different tools, power tools, cutting and fitting wood and PVC and using brackets, as well as learning about the physics involved in helping their projects perform the required task.


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