Form vs Function
Course - ME101 - Visual Thinking
Materials - foam core, magnets, paper
The objective was to design a structure that delivered ping pong balls that from one tower to another. Within a seven minute time frame, the towers had to be assembled from outside a 3ft radius and maximize the number of ball deliveries within a 3ft radius.
Our strategy was to prioritize function over form.
We created an efficient yet elegant design that both minimized the amount of materials used and maximized the number of balls transferred. Each box had magnets embedded into its foam core exterior, so the boxes could easily slide and snap into place during assembly. 
Our design allowed us to build our machine from afar in under 30 seconds, leaving us plenty of time to transfer ping pong balls. My team set a class record for most balls transferred between the two towers, which equated to approximately 60 buckets full of ping pong balls.
—win '16
Chess x Pinball
Course - ME101 - Visual Thinking
Materials - foam core, wooden dowels, metal springs, string
My team wanted to merge two classic games into a single entity. Armed with typical pinball features (ramps, a ball launcher, flippers, trap doors, etc.) and hand-painted chess-themed decor, our pinball machine was both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  

We constructed various mechanisms to bring our pinball machine to life. The plunger and flippers were activated by springs and dowels that manipulated tension and torsion, respectively. Not only did we utilize the weight of the ball to build trap doors, but we added a weight-activated pulley mechanism that would raise the king piece to unveil a "CHECKMATE," which was our chess-themed equivalent of a "YOU WIN."
—win '16
SCORPIO: THE ROMAN CATAPULT
Course - Classics 168 - Engineering the Roman Empire
Materials - plywood, sinew, rubber bands, nails
Built a model Roman catapult based on the dimensions specified by Vitruvius' Ten Books on Architecture. My team had to make design decisions based on size, material, and instructional limitations.
—spr '17
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