Every year for over thirty years, LETU engineering students have been using their skills to create complex machines designed to accomplish simple tasks. The purpose of this competition is to teach students troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
Murphy's law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and when each team's devices must have at least ten components which involve a transfer of energy, students have to plan very carefully to compensate for potential errors.
The competition serves as the final project for students participating in Electronics Lab 3, in which students learn practical electronics applications which they use in their designs.
Students from all across campus turn out to watch team's compete in the Rube Goldberg competition, and the competition is regularly featured in the local news.
See Last Year's Teams' Machines in Action