Clarkson Presidents Challenge
Aug 2022 - Oct 2022
On October 15, 2022, Clarkson University celebrated the inauguration of its 17th President, Marc P. Christensen. As part of his challenge to the student body, President Christensen tasked them with the goal of shooting a hockey puck into a net using a giant Rube Goldberg machine. This challenge was taken on by Clarkson Ignite, a student-led organization, and over the course of the first seven weeks of the semester, more than 50 students from 15 different academic groups came together to brainstorm, design, and build the machine.
On October 14th, the student body was able to showcase their creation during a Clarkson Golden Knights hockey game. With only three minutes to set up the machine, execute the shot, and remove it from the ice, the students successfully scored a Golden Knight Goal, thrilling the crowd and making history at Clarkson University.
As the Ice Team Lead, I played a critical part in the successful completion of the 2022 Clarkson University President's Challenge. I fabricated many modules of the Rube Goldberg machine alongside members of Clarkson Ignite. I trained volunteers to ensure efficient and safe operation of the machine, and my efforts paid off as everything ran smoothly during the big moment. I was also responsible for overseeing the purchasing and efficient use of over $2,000 worth of hardware, which was crucial to the success of the project. Check out the video to see the machine in action!