To secure, raise, and wave a national flag

Task: To secure, raise, and wave a national flag.

Theme: Mission to Mars

Step Count: 50

Result: Won 1st place at the Regional competition. Won 2nd place at National competition. Won People’s Choice Award at National competition.

Video of the machine running

This Rube Goldberg machine secured, waved, and raised a national flag in 50 steps. It won second place and the People's Choice award in the 2002 National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Purdue University. It was built by a group of 11 college students in the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) in about 1500 man-hours.