All That Trouble, and It Wasn’t Even Raining…
On Saturday at the Penn Stater Hotel, seven teams of Penn State students gathered for the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. This year’s challenge: build a contraption that opens an umbrella in no fewer than 20 steps (and no more than 75). The results were colorful, creative, and—for the most part—pretty effective.
The winning team—for the second year in a row—was the Society of Engineering Science, whose successful runs, clever design, and ability to stay within the rules (“no live animals” among them) made them the favorite of both the judges and the 200 or so locals who crowded into the conference room to check things out. Seeing all that Penn State teamwork and ingenuity in one place was very cool indeed.
For a closer look at the winning SES machine and some of the competition, check out the gallery below.
Ryan Jones, senior editor