Burger-making skills put to test at Rube Goldberg contest

>>Seven regional
champions will converge on Purdue University April 5th for the 21st annual Rube
Goldberg Machine Contest. Those teams of university
engineering students from around the nation
are feverishly tinkering with machines designed
to perform a common task, assemble a hamburger in as
many nonsensical, whimsical, entertaining, counterintuitive
steps as possible. The Purdue Society of
Professional Engineers will vie for its third national
championship in four years. Captain Drew Wisher says
the team invested more than 4,000 man-hours to prepare for the regional
competition alone.>>We start in early September, and we just work nonstop
all the way until the end. Last night, we didn’t
have any sleep. We were working all the
way up until we got here, which was two hours
before competition. We love it. It’s — for me, at least, it’s
a wonderful way to just get out of schoolwork
and just tinker. I love working with my
hands, and, you know, I’m a pilot in my career,
but I also, you know, love to just build things, you
know, to take different things, put them together,
make them work.>>The national field will
be rounded out by Penn State, the University of
Arizona, Texas A&M, the Michigan Technological
Institute, Ferris State, and the University of Texas. Tinadu Indum [assumed spelling], a member of Purdue’s
National Society of Black Engineers Team
says even though he won’t be competing for the national
championship, the exerted effort for the regional was worthwhile.>>It’s a fun event. You get to work with people,
lots of engineering experience, using creativity, putting ideas,
taking them from just a thought, really nothing tangible,
and making it into something tangible. And it’s also, you know,
kind of a sense of ownership, almost like a baby, as
you refer to it as — you know, you start working on
it, give it ideas, develop time. It’s like, you know,
I want to see it, you know, grow up, basically.>>Purdue’s Society of Professional Engineers
will face a stiff challenge from several teams, including
the returning 2007 national champs, Ferris State, a team
that upset Purdue last year with a toy factory-themed
machine that proved impeccable at pouring orange juice. The machines are
graded, in large part, on how many steps they include
and how reliable the machine is. Purdue’s team is still
working on both components.>>We had two too
many interventions, one on the first run and
one on the third run. We’ve got to, you know, get that completely taken
care of, just wipe it out. And I’m srue we’ll be adding
a few steps here and there, just to, you know, integrate
some things we wanted to do but we couldn’t do
for this competition.>>Judge Matt Kosis, an engineer with event
sponsor Rockwell Collins, says this year’s assigned tax
is harder than past years. He said the victorious Purdue
machine is well conceived and constructed,
but he also looks for the creative thinking
cartoonist Rube Goldberg was known for.>>It gives you teamwork
experience. That’s gonna be important
immediately. You’re going to have to work
on a team anywhere you go. But I liked it because it
gives you a creative way to explore something, add something new,
and troubleshooting. I mean, you’re’ gonna
do this in real life. You’re gonna build something
that’s not gonna work. You know, how can
you improve it?>>Kosis says his
company’s investment in the event is an investment
in the future of engineering. He says some of the best
engineering recruits in the nation come from
universities, such as Purdue, that encourage their students to
put their education to tangible, if not always efficient use. At Purdue University, I’m
Jim Shank.

100 thoughts on “Burger-making skills put to test at Rube Goldberg contest

  1. food is food. We are the dominant race i don't see any point in treating something of inferior intelligence to us as a human being.

  2. It goes on because it's efficient. I think humans have proven themselves above other species on this planet, and that might come to an end at some point, but for now, and has been, meat is an essential part of a healthy diet.

  3. Yes even though most humans are idiots there are still some of use that have a higher intelligence. Even so, even the retarded ppl in the world are smarter than cows and sheep and other animals. Oh and yes it doesn't matter when worms eat your body that is the life cycle. You live, you die, your rotting body is eaten away by worms and other insects and the rest of you is returned as soil to fertilize the plants which animals eat to get nice and fat then we kill them and eat them. Its all science

  4. Dude, everyone hates people who mercilessly project their views on everyone else, stop forecasting death and destruction on everyone who eats meat. I eat it because it tastes good and also know that if cows and chickens and pigs were to run free, many would die as nothing would support them. They would cross interstates and stop traffic. I'm not brainwashed, I've been to slaughterhouses, I know what goes on and I don't care, I like meat and I hate people like you.

  5. Actually, Penguin0YO, the Antarctic ecosystem is connected to every known ecosystem worldwide through ecosystem overlaps. The penguins eat fish. Those fish interact with fish farther out. They interact with fish even farther out. Etc. Thus we are indirectly linked to penguins, and the removal of an animal which is predator to some species and prey to others seems like it might have a substantial immediate impact on its own environment, which would ultimately have some impact on our own.

  6. You kinda sound like a fanatical baptist minister. Have you way, I'll have mine, the only problem is meat tastes good and you have no "hell" to try to scare me into thinking differently.

  7. Peopleasylum, I think you really need to shut your face. No one is saying that you have to eat the freaking burgers!

  8. "animals were put on earth by god to be used by humans for survival."

    That is quite possibly the scariest, most moronic, sentence I have ever heard. You muppet !!

  9. quite ironic that the majority of competitors are engineers, when in essence, a rube goldberg machine is like anti-engineering

  10. If you are part, you partake, regardless of if you want to or not. There's this little thing called 'common sense', get some.

  11. I'm not going to do that just because you think that eating meat makes people evil. i think you should stop forcing your views on everyone else. if you have an issue with meat, why'd you watch a video with 'burger' in the title?

  12. Do you have biblical evidence that Science exists?

    =D, i dont believe in religion, i just wanted to say that 😛

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  14. RokketLawnChair, you forget to mention an important fact. of the estimated 6.5 billion people that live on planet earth, the vast majority believe in God. are you saying the vast majority of people on the planet are dumber than a box of rocks ?
    scientists have interesting theories, but i hate to burst your bubble, most of the planet believes otherwise.
    scientific theories of how man came to be are apparently neither believable or compelling.

  15. Really, so if we aren't loyal to him, then what? He takes our life away?

    Well then clearly he doesn't really care. Or exist for that matter.

    Hell isn't real either, it's just their to scare christians into paying the church more money to help them get rid of their "sins".

    Congratulations. You've just been Punk'd by the government.

  16. im not Rokket, but yes…… until there is Scientific Proof, that a "God" Exists, then a "Majority" of the population are morons…. All Religion is, is False Hope, nothing less…. nothing more…

  17. …… I'm Not Atheist because Atheism is people who don't believe in God but they do believe in religion, i neither believe in God Nor Religion because there is no proof of a "God" Except for a book that was written 2000 years ago about a Scam Artist who got thousand of people to believe that he could talk to god and could resolve your sins by making a small donation….. until their is proof Religion is just another Cult Formed to scam people of their money.

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  20. So you resort to using racist slurs? Who does that? I KNOW, I KNOW, PETA SCUM FUCKS! Who thinks PETA is a load of shit and has no right to demonize all people who eat meat because they have certain opinions that state eating meat is wrong?

  21. If you're going to insult people based on their beliefs, on the internet, at LEAST use proper spelling. Acronyms and chat-speak do not make you look very intelligent.

    Now, I'm an Atheist and Vegetarian, but at least I have the common decency to know that people have the right to their own beliefs. There's no law that states anyone has to comply with someone else's opinion.

    Preaching YOUR opinion isn't going to convert anyone.

  22. ok so i think we're all agreed

    racism has nothing to do with this vid

    these guys are really smart

    and vegitarians are all paranoid

  23. Read the comment thread before butting in, don't lecture me on things I've already professed to know, and don't lecture me on how I'm a bad person because I eat meat. That's what makes you a fuck off, lecturing others about their "evil, inhuman" way of life. Don't eat meat, but don't tell me I'm an asshole for doing so.

  24. HAHA what a laugh. Laws ARE opinions and many of them suggest exact punishments for NOT conforming. When your belief interferes with my beliefs is when your rights are SUPPOSED to stop. I preach MY opinion every day on how english should be spoken and have tons of converts. PS "meant" wasn't an acronym it was a typo, and there's no law that says he can't use abbreviations. If u need to understand, y not ASK him, cuz chances r that he's the only idiot that knows exactly what they 'meant'.

  25. sorry dude i was really drunk last night looking at videos haha naw man that sux sorry to hear that bro.

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  27. What exactly are you trying to prove? No one likes you, your racist tirades portray you as parasitically unappealing as the guy from Seinfeld and you haven't made me the least bit sorry for ignoring atrocities in slaughterhouses.

  28. I don't believe you because you are born with tourettes but the tics only show up later on (most often from ages 5-7 but it is possible to show up even when you 18)and someone with tourettes would know that if you really do have tourettes then you were born with it you didn't catch it when you were 8 or something

  29. so what kind of tics do you have? is it like the yelling tics or more like the twitching tics? or something different

  30. no, they mean "inefficient" cause a Rube Goldberg machine is supposed to do somthing simple and easy, but in the most complicated way possible

  31. nothing there has anything to do with a college engineering course and secondary school(high school) kid could make any of this

  32. How does socialism fit in here?

    If machines do all the work, then won't people go mad not having to do anything?

    Where will the jobs be?

  33. what kind of a stupid college names themselves after a chicken. if you're from indiana and you go to purdue instead of IU, you're second rate

  34. yeah too bad ur just too much of a dousche bag to pst this. haha none of these are true at all! get ur head out of ur ass!!!

  35. My high school team made it to this compitetion. but we had one of the smallest machines ever it felt like the judges were laughing at us…we didn't even place lol it was fun though!

  36. @FelixMaxwell well it takes alot… im from the northren tip of michigan and if i remember correctly we had to rent a uhaul to get down there and some things did get broken in the process

  37. listen I'm sorry but all this video shows is mostly people and hardly how the machine works its too… boring to me although it has incredible machines its just not focusing on the ACTIONS.

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