Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg

ASME Rube Goldberg is an innovative mechanical design team that strives to enhance it’s members’ experiences through hands-on tactile learning, advanced construction techniques, and integration of modern technology with all the fun and camaraderie of any sporting event. Every year the National Rube Goldberg society selects a simple action to be carried out through complex mechanical processes and transfers of energy. That action can be anything from zipping a zipper to hammering in a nail, but must be accomplished within a limited volume of space with a minimum number of steps. Last year’s task was to Shine a Shoe, one of the crazier final steps ASME Rube Goldberg has seen. The crazy humor behind Rube Goldberg machines comes from the use of everyday objects to set off crazy chain reactions. Teams are encouraged to think of unique themes to base their machines in, as design and aesthetics are as much a part of the creative process as mechanical devices and machines themselves.