Our Other Events!
While philanthropy and pledging events are cornerstones of our fraternity, we also like to do activities that employ the engineering, brotherly fellowship and professionalism involved with Theta Tau. Here are just a few!
Rube Goldberg competition
A Rube Goldberg machine, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) The goal is to take a simple task and make it extraordinarily complicated.
The task is the challenge given to the contestants each year. It must be completed in accordance with the rules and in as creative a way as possible. The task is selected by the contest organizers each year based on its originality and complexity. World events occasionally affect the decision of the task.
The 2012 National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Task: Inflate a Balloon and Pop It!
At the Toledo Chapter days leading up to Rube Goldberg Competition are notorious for late nights. No matter how early we start planning and building our contraption members find themselves putting in late hours tinkering away until the last minute. Caffeine is arguably the most useful tool found in our workshop. Rube machine builders always demonstrate real front line engineering skills, often coming up with a solution minutes before the competition.
At a time when the U.S. is looking to inspire young minds, Rube Goldberg’s legacy represents the best in American innovation, humor and unconventional thinking; an inspiring model for us all.
As a professional engineering fraternity, we pride ourselves in the professional development of our members. We instill professional development activities so we are prepared for the workplace environment on a Co-op or in a full time job after graduation. We plan activities such as an how-to LinkedIn presentation, etiquette dinner, and experienced member Co-op panel.
Our chapter was installed May 4th 1991. Every year, our chapter hosts a celebration we refer to as Formal in order to celebrate our installation. We use this event to dress up and reflect on our chapter and its history.
Invitations are extended not only to the current active chapter, but to also the alumni, as well as prospective members. This celebration is also commonly used as a senior send off for all graduating seniors. Formal is a great opportunity to enjoy a fun night and appreciate the history and brotherly fellowship of our fraternity.
Every year, over winter break, the chapter travels to Killington, Vermont and spends the week skiing, hot tubing, relaxing, and socializing. The event is open to everyone, with friends and significant others able to attend, as well as pledges and alumni. Ski trip provides an excellent way to interact with alumni you might not know, as well as brothers who you don't often talk to. Many people look forward to ski trip, as it's their
favorite event all year. Alumni often book vacation time months in advance so they can attend and interact with the current chapter. Ski trip has offered up many memories for Brothers in the past, the present, and hopefully in the future, seeking to fortify the lifelong friendships and brotherhood that we all gain and cherish so much from this fraternity.