Grace Kuo is a junior Electrical Engineering student, and she is President of the WUSTL Rube Goldberg Group. In March of 2013, she and the rest of the group participated in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest College Nationals, an event that challenges teams to complete everyday tasks through the most complicated means possible.
The event was held at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, and there were seven teams in total that participated in the competition. The teams came from schools such as Penn State, Purdue University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and the challenge for the 2013 competition was to hammer a nail.
The teams took various approaches to this task, but it was Washington University’s contraption that took first place with their mock-up of Rube Goldberg’s office. In addition to winning first prize, Grace Kuo, along with the rest of the Rube Goldberg Group, won the “Best Single Step” award for two of their steps that tied for first (the “Post-It Note Slinky” and the “Pouring Coffee” steps).
For a video of Washington University’s Rube Goldberg Machine in action, see the video here, and for more information about the contest and a recent CBS feature on the contest, see the video links listed below.
Rube Goldberg contest page CBS feature
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