Engineering Mission

Natural disaster leaves victims trapped in rubble. Volunteers can’t lift rubble and free trapped persons. Your mission is to design, build and test a human powered rubble lift apparatus for use by volunteers with no rescue training. The device must grip and lift 300 pound pieces moving them 7 feet away. The apparatus legs must be adjustable for use on uneven terrain and span a 8 foot hole when assembled. The apparatus must ship in in a container 2 feet by 2 feet by 10 feet and be assemble-able in 15 minutes by volunteers with no experience.

See how an engineering team accepted a similar challenge and created a life saving device. What great thing will you do as an engineer?

About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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