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Owning/managing organization: Big Ass Solutions and University of Kentucky
Select schools who successfully applied to participate in the challenge will create a Rube Goldberg machine to rescue Fanny, the Big Ass Solutions mascot, from a ‘cliff’ 4 feet off the ground. Challenge changes year to year.
Students will practice both hard and soft engineering skills throughout the challenge. Within their teams, they must select a project leader who will be responsible for communicating with Big Ass Solutions (including weekly professional email updates), keeping their team on task and on time, and helping their team find answers to technical questions by introducing outside experience. In addition, all team members will practice STEM skills such as programming, electronics/robotics, carpentry, and general tinkering.
Teams will be given a box of materials to create the Rube Goldberg machine. Teams will ultimately supplement these parts with found objects. Teams need to be able to provide transportation to various events during the challenge.
Roughly 10 weeks.
Free to participate but schools must provide transportation to kickoff, workshops, and competition. Students and teachers will likely want to supplement their materials from Big Ass Solutions.
Teams can have up to 8 students and require a teacher mentor.
One per school team per year.