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Westminster Students to Show off Peeps on NBC

Local students marshmallow machine will make an appearance on the national news this weekend.

Typically in engineering, the less complicated the better, unless you're talking Rube Goldberg. 

Fourth grade students in the Friendship Valley Elementary School gifted and talented program did such a good job demonstrating the concept of Rube Goldberg Machines -- hilariously complicated machines built to perform simple tasks -- that they will be featured on NBC's Nightly News.

The segment is expected to run Sat., March 30, according to Carroll County Schools Gifted and Talented Specialist Ivy Allgeier.

The students' machine was built with a seasonal theme in mind, using dozens of Peeps marshmallows.

"The project tied in with the curriculum, incorporating physics and simple machines as well as researching using nonfiction text," Allgeier said in an announcement.

"It also allowed students to apply their creativity to develop something that was both functional and would tell a story."

The students will enter their "Peep Goldberg" machine in the Carroll Arts Center's sixth annual Peep Show, an exhibit of art involving those sugary, seasonal treats. 

NBC will also be at Peep Show to follow up with the students, who are: Alex Robinson, Ben Carlow, Hannah Oskam, Jeremy Brooks, Lukas Bland, Megan Hands, Sydney Schinkai and Waverly Brennan.

Kelly March 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Wow. What a great concept. Great job!! And Happy Easter to all you lil Engineers.
I. DeFeo March 27, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Great job!
Kym Byrnes (Editor) March 27, 2013 at 05:07 PM
This is awesome, brilliant job!

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