ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) - Imagine the machine that won you first place in a competition is damaged in an accident. And while it took you months to months to make it, you'll only have a few weeks to rebuild it.
That's the challenge for a group of Anderson High School students preparing for the national Rube Goldberg competition.
What would you do?
These Anderson High School said they take pride in their work, so giving up wasn't an option.
Inside room C-204, in David Perrel's physics class at Anderson High School, a major project is under way.
"This is an extra-credit project," Perrel said.
It's also a project that's unexpected.
"We are in a rebuilding stage right now," Perrel said.
These students are racing against the clock to fix their machine.
"We need everything rebuilt," said Anderson High junior Adam Scott.
Just days after winning first place at the Rube Goldberg competition at Purdue University the machine was damaged in an accident.
"Pieces of it basically came back," Perrel said.
"It was kind of heartbreaking because we kind of lost our emotion for winning," Scott said. "We were happy that we won, but we were devastated that our machine was broke."
It originally took three months to build. Now the students have two and half weeks to make it work again.
And after two days of rest and some motivation, the students are back at work.
Their challenge: getting the machine to inflate and pop a balloon in 20 steps.
"The students, with all these broken and lost pieces, definitely already have a plan because they know what works," Perrel said.
And with all 11 students in the group on board, they're determined to get it done.
"It's kind of exciting to see the whole team want to do that," Scott said.
Their goal: win nationals. The lesson learned? To never give up.
"When something like this happens, you don't give up. You work at it.. You get it done and hope for the best," said Anderson senior Brandon Heath.
The students' plan to work afters chool for the next several weeks, putting the machine back together.
They plan to present the machine at the National High School Rube Goldberg competition at Ferris State University on March 13.
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