Ruth’s Rubes Wins Two Awards at Engineering Expo

Alex Coutsouradis, Nicholas Pena, Colin Smith, Eileen Diehl, Jennifer George, John Diehl. Front row: Joshua Malvino, Zenho Chen, Aleia Rizzo, John Silvetro, Gavin Smith, Ethan Chen, Ryan Weigle Credits: John Diehl

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— The Ruth Keeler Memorial Library’s engineering team, Ruth’s Rubes walked away with two awards April 2 at the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo.

One of them, a judged award, was the Rube Goldberg “Teamwork Award.”  The Rubes also won the second place award overall.

The Rube Goldberg teamwork award is given to teams that communicate, work well together, and have strong chemistry and a positive attitude throughout the competition, particularly during machine reset, when fixing machine problems, and when any machine (including those of competitors) runs.

The team is also given the award based on how well its members  communicate the story of their machine in a fun, whimsical, and easy-to-follow way, using drama and costumes in the introduction of their machine.  Ryan Weigle is the team captain. Members are Ethan Chen, Zenho Chen, Alex Coutsouradis, Abel Hansonbrook, Joshua Malvino, Nicholas Pena, Aleia Rizzo, John Silvetro and Colin and Gavin Smith. Edward Bergham and Micah Hansonbrook serve as mentors. Eileen and John Diehl are the team’s coaches.

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