HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (WBAY) - A group of students from Kimberly demonstrated their award-winning creation in front of a national audience.
The Kimberly Kitchen team showed off an imaginative invention on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
"It was absolutely incredible to go out to LA. It was cool to be recognized for our engineering competition that no one really knows about, to be on national television and just going out there with my team was just a great time," says Rachel Foster, a junior on the Kimberly Kitchen team.
In March, the team took home 1st place at the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in Ohio. The team also won the Creative Spark Award, the Teamwork Award and the Spirit of Rube Award. Receiving a call to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! only added to student's excitement.
According to Chris Thompson, also a junior on the team, he was on spring break when the call came in. He said, "I got a text and as I read it saying, good morning National Champs get ready to go to Jimmy Kimmel Live because they want to fly you guys out there and I flipped out."
A Rube Goldberg device is a comical invention that makes a mundane task as difficult as possible, named after the cartoonist who needed a boot, a ball, a mouse running in a cage, scissors, and a balloon on a string to turn on a light bulb.
In 55 seconds, the machine applies a Band-Aid bandage in 69 steps. It took the group of nine six months to design and build their concept. "We start by CAD modeling everything, so we 3D design our parts to see how it's all going to fit together and then we actually build it," team member Logan Hartman adds about the process.
The Kimberly Kitchen team is Sam Barwick, Kyle Downham, Carter
Eckes, Rachel Foster, Logan Hartman, Stephen Littrell, Logan Paalman, Chris Thompson and Grant Zoromski.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 10:35 p.m. on WBAY-TV.