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I spotted this on Bill Gurstelle’s Notes from the Technology Underground site – looks like a fun contest!

Rube Goldberg Contest

What is the competition?
Inspired by cartoonist Rube Goldberg, college students nationwide compete to design a machine that uses the most complex process to complete a simple task – put a stamp on an envelope, screw in a light bulb, make a cup of coffee – in 20 or more steps.

The competition is sponsored by the Purdue University campus chapter of Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity.

When are the 2006 contests?
The 2006 Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest was held at 10:30 a.m. March 4 in the Purdue University Armory. The 2006 National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest will be at 10:30 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. April 1 in the Purdue University Armory. The events are free and open to the public.

What is the 2006 task
Machines will be required to individually cut or shred five sheets of 20 pound, 8 1/2-x-11-inch paper in a minimum of 20 steps.

What was the 2005 task
Machines will be required to remove two batteries from a flashlight, replace them and turn on the flashlight in a minimum of 20 steps.

More info on the Rube Goldberg Contest at Purdue – Link.

2 thoughts on “Rube Goldberg contest

  1. tempusmaster says:

    Great stuff! Competitions like this are lots of fun to watch, and even more if you’re lucky enough to participate.

    Here in Japan they even show up on prime time television occasionally. One of the recent contests involved preparing dinner. The winning team designed a Rube Goldberg machine that used fire, water, a toy car, bridges, a bow & arrow, bowling balls and pins, and a bunch of other stuff. The meal prepared by the machine included a spring roll, steamed meat bun, and a bowl of ramen completely with an egg that was cracked and delivered by the machine. The whole thing, as you can see from the video clip, took a little over five minutes.

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