Robotics Contest

2022 Robotics Competition: Arduino Rube Goldberg Machine

Make a system that performs a fun—but not particularly useful—task.

Your innovative project will use electrical hardware, software, and a mechanical apparatus.

What is an Arduino?

An Arduino is a small computer that can be connected to other electronic components to receive inputs, make decisions, and control external devices.

What is a Rube Goldberg machine?

Source: Wikipedia

By Rube Goldberg - Originally published in Collier's, September 26 1931, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9886955
By Rube Goldberg - Originally published in Collier's, September 26 1931, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9886955

American cartoonist Rube Goldberg often depicted devices that performed simple tasks in indirect convoluted ways. A Rube Goldberg machine is intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way.

The machine consist of a series of simple unrelated devices. The action of each triggers the initiation of the next, eventually resulting in achieving the stated goal.

 

About the 4-H State Robotics Competition

The State Robotics Competition is a place for 4-H members to showcase their skills and learning in robotics. It also provides an opportunity for you and your leaders to network with others across the state who are interested in robotics and other STEM-related programs and activities. This will be a low stress event and we want everyone to have a successful and positive experience.

Questions? Please contact 4hsfd@ucanr.edu

Competition Coordinators: Dennis Derickson, ddericks@calpoly.edu or Dagmar Derickson, dagmar_derickson@yahoo.com.

Event information

Who can participate

Individuals or Teams of youth ages 9 and up

Present your project virtually or in-person

 

Registration opening soon.

 

Spectators are welcome! Please register to get the Zoom link to watch for virtual presentations.

 

Participant Information

Virtual via ZOOM link provided upon registering.

In-person will be outdoors at UC Davis on May 28, 2022

  1. Results will be shared during the Awards Ceremony on May 29.
  2. Certificates and pins will be mailed to UCCE 4-H county offices.
Level 1: Starter Project

Starter Project

1. Command your Servo to move and start the ball rolling down a track. This is Lesson 9 in the Elegoo Project Manual.

2. Design and construct your gravity apparatus to move the ball towards dominoes.

3. Hit dominoes and start a chain reaction.

4. Blink an LED in celebration of reaching the end of your Rube Goldberg machine. This is Lesson 3 in the Elegoo Project Manual.

 

Scoring for Level 1 Starter Project

Presentation (25%)

Explain how your Arduino Rube Goldberg machine functions and explain how you developed your particular Rube Goldberg machine’s features and accessories.

Reliability (40%)

The Arduino Rube Goldberg Machine should work every time. (There will be 3 repeated trials to verify reliable operation.)

Aesthetics (20%)

Make the Rube Goldberg apparatus visually pleasing to look at.

Customized Features (15%)

Points for each new function you add beyond the basic functionality

Any problems?

Contact Event Coordinator Dennis Derickson at ddericks@calpoly.edu. We can troubleshoot most problems by email and/or a ZOOM call. Do not hesitate to call!

Level 2: Advanced Project

Entries must use the Elegoo Arduino kit but imagination is your only limit beyond that.

Advanced Project Goal:

Take a marble through as many adventurous steps as possible and have a celebration at the end of the path.

Use parts found in your Arduino Super Starter Kit plus household items for the mechanical apparatus.

Scoring for Advanced Entry

Presentation (25%)

Explain how your Arduino Rube Goldberg Machine functions and explain how you developed your particular Rube Goldberg Machine’s features and accessories.

Reliability (40%)

The Rube Goldberg Machine should work every time. (There will be 3 repeated trials to verify reliable operation.)

Aesthetics (20%)

Make the Rube Goldberg apparatus visually pleasing to look at.

WOW Factor (15%)

Impress the audience