Illinois fifth graders compete in Rube Goldberg competition

Creating future engineers. IDOT in Illinois is working to do just that.

Posted: Mar. 3, 2018 11:12 PM
Updated: Mar. 3, 2018 11:54 PM

PARIS, Ill. (WTHI) - Creating future engineers. IDOT in Illinois is working to do just that.

The Rube Goldberg competition was held Saturday in Paris, Illinois.

Fifth graders from Crestwood and Wenz elementary competed.

IDOT works with six different classrooms twice a week around the state.

They teach students about engineering and help them build and design projects.

"They can imagine what they can do in the future and steps that they can take to get there. Part of that is school, part of that is math and science, and recognizing what it is that they need to do to accomplish those goals when they say 'I'd really like to be an engineer. What does that take?'," said David Speicher, IDOT operations engineer.

Judges picked the top three classroom projects in the competition.

Those winners will go on to compete at the regional competition on Friday March 9th.

The regional competition will be held at the University of Illinois.

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