Team # 552: PSPE Rube Goldberg TEAM PAGE

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

Host: Purdue University
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Setup Time: 7:00 AM
Contest Start Time: 11:00 AM
Live Division III - Ages 18+ (College)
Team Leader: Regan Couch
Team Members: 10
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Mechanical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Strum A Guitar, Make a Grilled Cheese, Fold a Sheet

This year's machine follows the journey to mend a broken heart through the portrayal of various date ideas. Starting from when someone meets their true love to being struck by cupid's arrow, see how a broken heart becomes whole and fixed with a band-aid in this classic love story.

Our Step List

Step List: The Way to Mend a Broken Heart

Strength of Love
1. Hammer hits the “Strike High” lever (flips switch to turn on Frisbee motor to be used later)
2. Rod rings bell and hits switch
3. Actuator pulls in and drops the shelf

A Day at the Carnival
4. Weight from shelf hits switch
5. Switch turns on motor to spin Ferris Wheel
6. Block hit lever to release cotton candy
7. Cotton candy falls and hits switch
8. Switch turns on fan
9. Fan blows the boat into the “Tunnel of Love”

Gone Bowling
10. Boat triggers mousetrap
11. Mousetrap releases bowling ball arm
12. Bowling ball rolls and lands on air billows and flips switch (to turn on windmill)

Picnic in the Park
13. Air billows blows mini-picnic basket up
14. Mini-picnic basket lands on ground and triggers mousetrap
15. Mousetrap pulls string and flips switch

Hole in One!
16. Switch fires actuator
17. Actuator drops the golf club
18. Golf club hits the golf ball
19. Golf ball freely travels into windmill and hits lever
20. Lever hits ball on top of windmill
21. Ball slides down windmill and lands in suspended cup

Flying Frisbees!
22. Cup pulls lever down
23. Lever pushes Frisbee into path of motor
24. Frisbee flies into basket and pulls strings

Hot Air Balloon Ride
25. Strings pull up on switch
26. Switch turns on hairdryer
27. Hairdryer blows hot air balloon up
28. Balloon hits lever which drops a ball
29. Ball drops and hits mousetrap

Night at the Movies
30. Mousetrap releases weight
31. Weight opens curtain and flips switch
32. Scroller turns on and winds up string
33. String releases weight

Halloween Date Night
34. String pulls marshmallow over campfire
35. Marshmallow pulls block
36. Block releases and drops the candy
37. Candy rolls through the tube, releases Christmas lights, and lands in Halloween bucket

Decking the Halls
38. Weight pulls Christmas lights up and hits switch to turn them on
39. Dropping weight pulls clamp
40. Clamp release drops the chandelier over the table

Spaghetti from the Sky, Dinner for Two
41. Dropping chandelier releases trap door
42. Trap door drops spaghetti and hits switch to turn on chandelier
43. Spaghetti lands on plate and hits switch
44. Switch pushes actuator out
45. Weight falls and pulls…
a. Spaghetti strand together for a kiss
b. Arm attached to valve

Happy New Year!
46. Opening the valve pulls the clothespin supporting the New Year’s Ball
47. The Ball drops
48. A pulley with a bearing attached gets pulled up (like an elevator)
49. Bearing hits final micro-switch

Corner Pocket
50. Switch turns off electro-magnet
51. Billiard ball is released
52. Newton’s Cradle is triggered

Feelin’ Lucky
53. Momentum from final ball hits Slots machine arm
54. Arm falls and hits button-switch
55. Switch starts turning the Slots machine
56. Rotational motion pulls fishing wire in tension
57. Mousetrap is triggered and releases Plinko
58. Plinko balls fall down onto 2nd mousetrap

Winter Wonderland
59. Mousetrap pulls weight off ledge
60. Weight drops and pulls snowman together
61. Snowman coming together pulls wire attached to lever
62. Lever pulled up and hits switch
63. Switch turns on ice skating track
64. Ice skate travels along path

Cupid’s Arrow
65. Ice skate hits unbalanced arm
66. Arm falls and impacts metal plate
67. Plate cuts wire and launches arrow

A Mended Heart
68. Arrow goes through open heart and hits plate
69. Plate pulls pin
70. Pin releases heart to close
71. Closing heart hits metal lever that is supporting arm
72. Arm falls and applies band-aid

A Special Surprise
(Extra Steps after final task)
• Arm falling releases ball bearings
• Ball bearings fall into cup
• Weighted cup falls and lifts arm back up
• Cup finishes falling and pulls tension on the mousetrap
• Mousetrap releases track to an incline and plane flies across

Our Close-ups: Photos

Our Close-ups: Favorite Step

Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos