Seven student teams were tasked with designing and building a machine that could zip a zipper in 20 steps or more on Feb. 15, 2014, at the Nittany Lion Inn. The Engineering Leadership Society won first place and the People's Choice Award.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) swept the Penn State Regional Rube Goldberg Contest for the fourth year in a row, winning first place overall and the People's Choice Award, on Saturday afternoon at the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom. In addition to winning a trophy and cash prize, ASME earned the chance to represent Penn State at the national competition held on March 31 at Purdue University.
Compared to 30 days of radiation treatment, staying on her feet for 46 hours may feel like a walk in the park for Meghan Trahey. A civil engineering student and member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Trahey was diagnosed with medulloblastoma--pediatric brain cancer--in October 2008. After nearly three years in remission, she comes full circle as a dancer in the Penn State Interfraternal Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) this weekend.
A Pulitzer Prize winning artist and cartoonist, Rube Goldberg was best known for his "invention" cartoons depicting overly complex devices that perform everyday tasks. In the words of Goldberg, his machines were "a symbol of man's capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results." At Penn State's fifth annual "Rube Goldberg Machine contest", four teams of students presented contraptions that captured the spirit of Goldberg's art. Each machine -- required to dispense an appropriate amount of hand sanitizer into a hand in 20 or more steps --was judged by a panel of Penn State engineering alumni on theme, flow, success ratio and creativity. This year's winner -- an Indiana Jones-inspired concept by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) team-- moves on to Purdue University for the national competition.
Indiana Jones found a way to out run his competitors at this year's Penn State Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Feb. 27 at the HUB's Alumni Hall. This year's contest challenged teams to build a complex machine that dispensed an appropriate amount of hand sanitizer into a hand. A machine must complete a minimum of 20 steps -- the wackier the better -- in less than two minutes. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) team and their Indiana Jones-inspired machine took first place at the competition.