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Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge

What is a Rube Goldberg machine? Like dominos creating a ripple, it is a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction.

Benefits:

  • Interdisciplinary group project
  • Hands on experience through design and build process
  • Fun break from your more serious classes

Participation:

There can only be a maximum of 10 registered team members. Priority will be given in the order of:

    • Past team members
    • SWE Officers
    • SWE National members

Commitment level:

  • Must attend weekly team meetings
  • Submit 7-10 design steps that will be used on the machine
  • Contribute to building the machine
  • Must be able to attend machine filming

Awards:

  • 3rd Place, 2017 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
  • 1st Place and People's Choice Awards, 2016 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
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NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge requires teams to develop an efficient solar panel system that can be autonomously deployed and that would be able to weather the conditions of Mars for a span of several years, without fail.

Benefits:

  • Interdisciplinary group project
  • Obtain experience in- technical research (practical and theoretical), project proposal writing, technical engineering papers, and oral presentations
  • Collaborate with an advisor from JPL
  • NASA Internship for winning team

Participation:

There can only be a maximum of 5 registered team members. Priority will be given in the order of:

    • SWE Officers
    • SWE National members

Commitment level:

  • Must attend meetings several times a month
  • Should have previous project or research experience
  • Must be able to efficiently research concepts related to project
  • Need to work individually and collaboratively towards project goals
  • Are responsible for: writing/contributing to a section in proposal, writing/contributing to a section in technical paper, speaking for portion of oral presentations, and must be able to attend NASA’s BIG Idea Forum

The National Robotics League

The National Robotics League is a manufacturing workforce development program where students design and build remote controlled robots to face-off in a gladiator-style competition.

Benefits:

  • Interdisciplinary group project
  • Learn robotic systems
  • Design and manufacturing experience
  • Collaborate with industry advisor
  • ROBOT FIGHTING!

Participation:

There is no limit to the number registered team members:

  • 10 members preferred

Commitment level:

  • Must attend meetings several times a month
  • No previous experience required - need to be dedicated and willing to learn
  • Need to work collaboratively towards project goals
  • Contributing to the design of the fighting robot
  • Must be able to attend the Regional and National Competition

Interested in sponsoring our SWE projects? Contact the Project Manager at project.manager@csulbswe.org.

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