UT Austin Rube Goldberg Competition 2005-02-23
Held in ECT UTMaps - Section 4, way in
Task: Remove both old batteries from a two-battery flashlight, install new
batteries and turn the flashlight on in 20 or more steps.
IEEE Rube '05 Steps List
- Push lever
- Lever moves plunger.
- plunger pushed Ben Franklin
- Ben Franklin falls and hits ____
- ____ hits clock
- clock pulls string
- string pulls hammer
- hammer hits lever
- lever pushes tube
- tube hits platform
- platform dumps marble
- marble travels through plinko box
- marble goes down tube
- marble hits train
- train hits lever, lever pulls string
- string pulls lever
- lever hits train
- train hits weight
- weight pulls string
- string turns gearbox
- gearbox pulls string
- string pulls peg
- peg release weight
- weight pulls claw
- claw removes batteries
- new battery slide into place
- foil completes circuit
- light bulb turns on.
Mechanical Engineering's machine
Sorry I didn't get enough of this one to tell anything! Better luck next year.
- The machine must complete the task as described by the Chairman
- The machine must be no larger than 5 ft. x 6 ft. x 5 ft. Either the 5 ft.
or the 6 ft. dimension may be considered the "front" of the machine.
- The machine must have a minimum of twenty (20) steps. There is no maximum
number of steps.
- The machine must run for no more than two (2) minutes per run.
- No corporate logos or names may be displayed on the machines.
- No live animals may be used in the machine.
- The machine must not imply profane, indecent or lewd expressions.
- Any loose or flying objects must remain within the set boundaries of the
machine. This includes, but is not limited to, drops of water, slivers of
balloon, and other "small" objects. Steam and other gasses are exempt from
- No flames maybe used on the machine.
- No hazardous materials or explosives can be used on the machine.
- The machine must be safe to the satisfaction of the RGMC officials. The
contest Chairman must approve any questionable items prior to competition.
- Any destructive action against another machine is grounds for
- There is no limit on the number of members a team may have, however, the
number of people allowed on stage once the contest has begun may be limited
because of space restrictions. This limit will never be lower than four (4).
- Each team member must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at
- Judging will be based on a 100 point scale broken down into the following
- General Impressions (35 points)
- Theme (0 to 10 points)
- Rube Goldberg Spirit (0 to 10 points)
- Explanation / Description (0 to 5 points)
- Team Chemistry (0 to 5 points)
- Submitted Machine Description (0 or 5 points)
- Timing Issues (0 points)
- Description Length (-5 to 0 points)
- First Run Length (-10 to 0 points)
- Second Run Length (-10 to 0 points)
- Run Related (65 points)
- Completed Task - RUn One (0, 10 or 20 points)
- Completed Task - Run Two (0, 10 or 20 points)
- Flow of machine easily followed (0 to 10 points)
- Rube Goldberg Style Steps (0 to 15 points)
- Human Interventions (-3 points each)
- Objects Leaving Machine (-5 points each)
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