Engineering Club Hosts Second Rube Goldberg Competition | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

Engineering Club Hosts Second Rube Goldberg Competition

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 13:30

On November 24, 2016, the AUIS Engineering Club hosted their second annual Rube Goldberg competition.

This year, the students were given the challenge to create their own Rube Goldberg machines that could ultimately project an eraser into a plastic cup, involving at least ten complicated moves in the process. The students got very creative with their projects, and some even chose to follow unique themes. One of the teams created a project using the Batman theme; another team represented classical art through music and objects that represented famous artworks. An additional challenge for the teams this year was to use recycled material to create their machines. Eight teams took part in the competition this year which was open to all AUIS students.

The projects were scored by a team of judges on the basis of their effectiveness, the number of moves involved in the process, and whether the machine was able to complete the projectile motion of the eraser in the end. Teams lost points for failing to follow the set rules. The judges included faculty members Philip Hittepole and Dr. Nihad Bahaaldeen, along with alumni Hozan Aras and Kani Kamal. Based on the teams’ presentations, the judges awarded the first prize to Team No. 1 who created their project entirely out of recycled material.


First Place: Dana Sidiq, Rozin Aram , Barzah Jabar, Ismael Mohammed

Second Place: Muhamed Tahir, Ahmed Aram, Zanwer Hasan
Third Place: Joanna Asti, Zhalin Kamal, Moahmmed Hashim, Abudllah Osamah, Shady Aref
People's Choice Award: Basta Seerwan, Ardin Shaho Hasan, Barzi Mohammed Ali, Dana Ali


The participants had around three weeks to develop their projects, but some of the groups said it only took them a week to gather all the material and put it together. Others said it was a stressful time because they were taking difficult classes while working on their projects.

I haven’t slept in 48 hours,” said Shady Aref, a participant, “but I laughed more than I have in the past month. It was a lot fun!

Another participant, Jumana Amir, felt very enthusiastic about the event, “This was a really good opportunity to demonstrate engineering work. I also learned so much about teamwork as I’ve never been in a competition like this before.

The competitions was hosted by the Engineering Club with support of Ms. Raguez Taha, lecturer at the Engineering Department.
Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, engineer and inventor. He has become famous for his Rube Goldberg Invention comics which depict simple tasks being completed through a series of complicated steps connected in a chain reaction. Although he never created the machines in his comics, it has inspired other engineers to create their own.

The Rube Goldberg annual competition invites high school and college level teams from around the world to create their own Rube Goldberg machines to complete a simple task. The link explains more about the Rube Goldberg competition:

See demonstration from Team No. 6 below.