COD Students Take Part in Rube Goldberg Competition at Purdue University

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By Mike McKissackCollege of DuPage has the distinction of being the only community college to take
part in the Purdue University annual Rube Goldberg competition.An offshoot of the College’s Engineering and Technology Club, team member Herven Barham (Aurora), Tess Burke (Wheaton), Jon Chumas (Wheaton), John Deuschle (Lemont), Haytham Elbouhmidi (Naperville), Edward Pittsford (Wheaton), Zac Sima (Darien), Sebastian Stolarek (Carol Stream), Remzo Vega (Itasca), and Jack Wu (Naperville) traveled to Indiana last month to test their skills against competitors
from prestigious universities.“The best part of participating at the competition was competing with students from
universities whose names are heard around the country,” said Vega, team president.
“It’s an honor, and an inspiration to compete with these teams that have already gone
through many layers of development. Experiencing COD’s team in that sort of status
is very inspiring.”The Rube Goldberg Competition at Purdue University was originally instituted in 1949
by Theta Tau and Triangle – the two engineering fraternities at Purdue. While the
competition died out in 1955, it was revived 1983.Designed to get students to think
of creative ways to accomplish a task using engineering and science, participating
teams are given approximately five months to create a machine that can complete the
given task in at least twenty steps. For this year’s competition, participants were
instructed to build a machine that pours a bowl of cereal. COD’s machine, “Cereal
Killer,” is constructed from a plywood frame and features 45 steps made up of a variety
of found parts.Vega, a resident of Itasca, started in the Engineering Pathways program at COD in fall 2016 and plans to go on to earn his bachelor’s degree in mechanical
engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.The process of creating the machine went through four phases of development: brainstorming
and design, prototyping, final construction, and fine tuning and decoration, he said,

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