Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Event has passed (Sat Apr 20, 2013 - Sat Apr 20, 2013)
UC Berkeley (CAL)
City, Educational Event
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Theta Tau is officially hosting the fourth annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest this up-coming Cal Day! We are officially opening up registration for our event! For those of you who are interested, this competition tests your engineering skills as well as your creativity to design a complex machine that does one simple task. This year’s challenge will be to hammer a nail!

This Year’s Contest:

Saturday, April 20th in 237 Hearst Gym at 3pm
Official Task: Hammer A Nail
Prize Money: First Place- $600, Second Place- $500, Third Place- $400
Team Requirements:

Minimum of 2 people per team
Build a mutli-step Rube Goldberg Machine that meets regulations
Rube Goldberg Official Rules
Submit a short report about your machine and team prior to the event
Team Registration:

Each team must submit a $50 deposit to reserve a spot in the competition
Please refer the team registration and official RG rules attachment to register
Registration opens February 26th
Registration ends March 25th
Here is a fun video for motivation! Happy building!
Awesome Rube Goldberg Machine

If you have any questions or inquires then please send us an e-mail at [email protected]! Also keep checking back for updated information!

About the Competition
A Rube Goldberg Machine, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to person a simple operation.
This concept was introduced by the cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1888-1970) who received a degree in engineering from UC Berkeley. This event encourages youth to explore the endless possibilities of engineering by creating a machine that, in multiple steps, will perform one simple task.

Why participate?
This event allows potential engineers to gain valuable organizational skills and hands-on experience in working on an actual project. This project allows students to practice technical skills while also striving to achieve a goal. It will encourage valuable skills such as team work and there is also a handsome prize if your team does well!


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