MAHONING TWP. – What do dominoes, paper cups, an incline and a clothes basket have in common?
They are all part of a project second graders are building for the first Rube Goldberg Challenge sponsored by the Columbia-Montour Boy Scout Council.
They are among 11 teams planning to enter the challenge May 10 in the Danville High School gym. The event is free to the public.
The second grade team is called The Catapults and made up of 7-year-old twins Victoria and Hannah Bartholomew; Owen Crane, 8; and Gabe Petrus, 7. They attend Danville Primary School and Owen is a Cub Scout.
Owen’s mother Sonia Crane is a Boy Scout Council committee member and also serves on the Goldberg committee.
Victoria said they have been keeping track of their successes and failures in the project begun two weeks ago. They started with sketches and have started building the project.
“We eventually want to shoot a catapult,” Owen said.
The maximum size for a project is 6 feet by 6 feet.
Invited to enter the challenge were scouts in Columbia and Montour counties, the Susquehanna Boy Scout Council and students in Clinton, Columbia, Lower Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties, according to Anne Poler, scout council vice president for membership and event coordinator.
Teams will design a Rube Goldberg-style machine that does a simple task with multiple steps.
Rueben “Rube” Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor best known for his popular cartoon series showing complicated gadgets doing simple tasks.
Rube Goldberg contests are held throughout the world.
The scout council is sponsoring the event as a membership effort. “We wanted to invite the public to see what scouts are capable of. In addition to outdoor activities, we do have a component of STEM education,” Poler said of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.