Check out this awesome YouTube video of student-made Rube Goldberg machines in the “Simple Machines” seminar.
Sam Russell, a junior Cinema & Photography major, described some of the difficulties of working on the machine – “The Rube Goldberg machine was…..intense. Pretty frustrating. Getting every single step to work without fail was very difficult and we were up very late trying to finish it!”
Matt Kempner, a sophomore TVR major, agreed that the project was time-consuming, but fun and worth it in the end. “It ended up taking a lot more time than we initially thought it would but it was more fun than work so it didn’t seem too bad at all.”
Some of the problems that teams ran into had to be worked through on the spot, Elena Haskins, a freshman Film, Photography & Visual Arts major, said. “Some of the challengers were making sure everything continued to work properly, after we had moved onto another step. Several times a step that had been working would randomly stop and we would have to fix it again. Overall, it was a very fun challenge that pushed us to think outside the box.”
Despite some of the quirks and difficulties, Alex Wilks, a sophomore Biology major said that seeing the finished product was definitely worth it. “The best part was when we got the whole class in the room and we had yet to successfully run the whole thing at once. We triggered the machine to start and it went through all the steps perfectly and my whole group was really excited. It was just awesome!”