- Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Each year, the University of Texas at Austin AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) student chapter aims to build a Rube Goldberg machine, which is then presented at the University's Rube Goldberg Machine contest. The machine is based on the complicated devices featured in the famous newspaper cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Rube Goldberg. Groups are given an elementary challenge such as peeling an apple or sharpening a pencil, but must do so in a minimum of twenty steps - the more, the better!
This year's National Rube Goldberg Challenge was to remove both old batteries from a two-battery flashlight, install new batteries, and turn the flashlight on. UT Aerospace Engineering students chose to light up a replica of the UT Tower for their flashlight, and were chosen to represent UT Austin and Aerospace Engineering at the National Rube Goldberg Competition at Purdue on Saturday, April 9, 2005.
UPDATE: This year's AIAA Rube Goldberg team placed third in the National Rube Goldberg Competition! Congratulations go out to all team members for their hard work and dedication:
Jesse Franceschini, Randy Lum, Ronald Lum, Julie Mitchell, Jonathan Reyes, Stephanie Sellers and Steve Walker.
For more information about the Rube Goldberg Machine contest, visit the official Rube Goldberg website.
For the first time in six years of competition, the UT UAV team autonomously landed its aircraft...
An unmanned rocket headed to the International Space Station on Tuesday exploded seconds after launching. One of the items on board was a $1 million satellite designed and built by students at the University of Texas at Austin. For them, science is their way of changing the world. (KXAN, October 28, 2014)
students was destroyed Tuesday when the unmanned Antares Rocket exploded seconds after liftoff. (Austin-American Statesman, October 28, 2014)
Students built a satellite nicknamed R.A.C.E. that will be launched by NASA to record climate changes (FOX Austin, October 24, 2014)