Won 1st place at the Regional Competition. Won the People’s Choice Award at the Regional competition. Won 1st place at the National Competition.
Machine Task: To assemble a hamburger consisting of no less than one precooked meat patty, two vegetables and two condiments, sandwiched between two bun halves.
Step Count: 156
Machine Build Type: One-Take Style - filmed from start to finish in only one unedited clip, which we achieved after 7 months and 2,500+ hours designing and building this competition-winning machine
Years Built: 2007 - 2008
Probably the most complex challenge ever given in 30+ years of competition history.
The machine's story started off at Purdue University, leaving on the Boilermaker Express and arriving in New York City just in time to see King Kong knock the top of the Empire State Building. We quickly jet away to Europe, seeing what makes Big Ben tick, slide through the Eiffel Tower, ride down the Autobahn, and flood Venice. A magic carpet ride leads us down a bumpy ride along the Great Wall of China, spitting us out in Mexico, where we jettison back to Purdue just in time for a home game tailgate party.