Ready, Set, Fair: Fridley 4H Students Build Rube Goldberg Machine

August 11, 2017 12:24 PM

4H is a big part of what makes the Minnesota State Fair special.  

From art to agriculture, many of the attractions are there because 4H students bring them.  


For these young people, going through county fairs and getting a chance to compete at the State Fair is a big accomplishment.

One group of junior high 4H engineers in Fridley has been working on a Rube Goldberg machine for the fair.  

"The definition of one is an over-complicated machine (meant) to perform a simple task," team member Andy Stevenson said.

That task at the State Fair is waving a 4H flag.

Stevenson, Riley Olson, Tim Yocum and Andy Ramirez built the machine together. They got some help from their adult coaches too.  

They won a blue ribbon at the Anoka County Fair. Now they are hoping to win another at the State Fair.

They are one of 54 registered teams from across Minnesota.

This marks the fourth year the Rube Goldberg Challenge has been part of the 4H experience at the fair.


Leah McLean

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