Use of a Rube Goldberg Design Project for Engineering Dynamics

Use of a Rube Goldberg Design Project for Engineering Dynamics

Presented at the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. 16 June 2015

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Devin Berg

June 16, 2015
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    Use of a Rube Goldberg Design Project for Engineering Dynamics Devin R. Berg Engineering & Technology Department University of Wisconsin – Stout 16 June 2015 Twitter: @devinberg, #ASEEAnnual, #T239
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    What do I hope to accomplish? • Creativity and challenge • Demonstrate an example of how a course topic is achieved • Interpersonal communications and collaboration • Planning and execution • Report writing and presentation delivery
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    An Initial Pilot Project Task: Design one stage in a multi-stage Rube Goldberg machine. Constraints: -Must demonstrate course topic -2’ x 2’ x 2’ Deliverables: -Final design report & presentation -Working stage -Assembled “class” machine
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    Provided Course Topics 1. Relative motion 2. Fixed-axis rotation 3. Potential energy 4. Kinetic energy 5. Newton’s 2nd law 6. Projectile motion 7. General planar motion 8. Impulsive motion 9. Instant rotation centers 10. Natural frequency 11. Damped vibration
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    Students come from a variety of backgrounds. Many students had never built something before. One had won the regional Rube Goldberg competition… [Link]
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    Project Logistics • Materials were “scavenged” – > Dorm room construction • Some in-class work time, mostly out-of-class • Intermediate deadline – Week 6: Verbal design proposal – Week 9: Brief written project update – Week 12: Draft of written report – Week 14: Final report and presentation
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    Student submissions showed variety.
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    Student submissions showed variety.
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    Student submissions showed variety.
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    A trial run. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJj6U_R0fA0
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    Assembled machine had 39 steps.
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    At our STEM expo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNVy9bM84os
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    Concluding Remarks • Constructed a machine with 11 stages/39 steps. • Students overcame limited materials/tool access. • Many lessons about effective communication. • Final reports strong in theory and performance prediction. Weak in experimental validation. • Worked well as an outreach activity.
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    Possible Revisions • Increase structure > less open ended. • Introduce low-level shop training. • Better access to materials and workspace.
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    Acknowledgements The author would like to thank the UW-Stout students for their hard work.
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    Thank you for your time!