National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest to Be Held in April at Purdue University Purdue News

The countdown is on for the Purdue “Mission to Mars” team as it prepares for its new mission: defending the university’s national title on Saturday, April 6, in the 14th annual Theta Tau Fraternity’s Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Shawn S. Jordan, a senior majoring in computer engineering from Fort Wayne, Indiana, said he and his Purdue Society of Professional Engineers’ teammates drew inspiration from trips to science museums and watching the Learning Channel to come up with their theme. Their “Mission to Mars” machine hoisted the U.S. flag over a simulated mini-Martian landscape to the strains of “Thus Spake Zarathustra” and Lenny Kravitz’s rocker “Fly Away” to win the local competition at Purdue on Saturday, February 9.