Monday, April 1, 2013

Incredible Ingenuity: Rube Goldberg

Photobombing spiders, Batman, and a homemade Tesla coil... Who says school projects have to be boring? Dozens of students, faculty and media representatives packed out the Solheim gym today to watch the annual Rube Goldberg competition, an old LETU favorite.

Three teams of students were charged with constructing a complex contraption designed to perform a simple task. Team Photobomb paid tribute to long-time LETU professor Dr. Bill Graff by using LED lights to recreate the signature spider he draws on homework assignments, while team Jokers are Wild's construction played the Batman theme song. Team Jiggawatt ended the show with a bang (or should we say spark?) when their Rube Goldberg shot a pint-sized bolt of lightning out of a home-built Tesla coil.

It's the unique combination of technical excellence and remarkable creativity that really makes LETU students shine in projects like these. They force students to adapt, think outside the box, and come up with ingenious solutions in the face of technical problems. It's projects like these that make LETU the wacky, innovative and academically excellent place that it is.  And if you've got a good thing going, why mess with it?

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