News Releases 2008

Engineering Students To Compete In Rube Goldberg Competition Thursday

Fri, Apr 11 2008

The public is invited to attend LeTourneau University's annual Rube Goldberg demonstration at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 10, in the university's Assembly Building on the LeTourneau University campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. The Rube Goldberg demonstration challenges LETU engineering students to use a maximum number of energy transitions to create a unique, yet trivial invention. Admission is free.

This year’s inventions include “Number One Whatchamacallit” by Dylan Holly and Shane Webster; “Document Destroyer 2000” by Stephen Gilbertson, Richard Godley and Joshua Trosen; “ No Man’s Band” by David Beran, Michael Lyons, Andrew Otten and Mitchell Plant and “Merry Teriyaki Ramen” by Kevin Duke, Sungyub Jin Lew and Joseph Wamsley.Rube Goldberg was an early 20th century cartoonist who was famous for making ridiculous machines that required numerous energy transitions to accomplish the most insignificant tasks, similar to the ever-popular “Mouse Trap” board game by Milton Bradley.

LeTourneau University engineering students participate in this popular and visual annual event that fosters the students’ ingenuity and proves the validity of Murphy’s Law exists. “The Rube Goldberg demonstrations are always well-attended on campus because it’s fun to see how complicated our engineering students can make even the most trivial of actions,” said engineering professor and Rube Goldberg sponsor Dr. Bill Graff. “Sometimes their inventions even work!”

Video screens will be set up in the assembly building to help viewers follow the progress of the inventions through their gyrations. Each invention takes students nearly all night to set up for a five- to 10-minute demonstration.