100 actions=one reaction

This weekend was the competition of Rube Goldberg project. Many of you may be wondering what, or who is Rube Goldberg. He was an engineer that be came a cartoonist, and was widely popular. Many of the cartoons in news papers today are made by people who loved Rube's work.

Reuben Lucius Goldberg was born in San Fransisco on July 4Th 1883. He went to college and be came an engineer. After graduation he became an aquatic engineer for the sewer, and water systems in San Fransisco. After a while Rube saw that This job was not for him, he got a job at a newspaper, as a office boy. Mr. Goldberg would send drawings and cartoons to the editors to publish, and they finally got published. He became a great hit and many people liked his work as well as his nifty inventions on the paper.

Today there is a national Rube Goldberg contest that many colleges have made popular. These competitions are usually for engineer students and consists of a team of students, making an invention that uses a lot of actions to make one thing happen. The national competition rules say that the minimum actions are twenty, but since the competition has evolved many of the teams have one-hundred to one-hundred and twenty actions.

Now here at Purdue N.S.E.B.E (National Society of Black Engineers) is one of the teams that participates in the competition. I myself am in the organization, my friends from high school David Howard, and Kaijah Blackwell were on the team and made an invention. I was proud to see there picture on the front page of the Exponent Monday morning. The Rube Goldberg project is a very interesting project that brings many of Rube's ideas alive.


My friends and I always liked looking up different Rube Goldberg apparatuses in our AP physics class last year. Since there were only four of us, our teacher did not really mind that we messed around in class. We said that we were going to make one of them, but we never actually got around to doing it. We just looked up more videos. I was a good thought though.

How did your team end up doing then? You said that their picture made the front of the Exponent, but it never said how well your group did. I think that would be a good thing to add in.

February 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM