Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

James Meagher


The purpose of this project is to design the simple mechanical movement systems of the 2012 Cal Poly Tournament of Roses Float Parade to prevent failure. Three mechanisms were designed. One of the mechanisms is a tall building that has a superhero and helicopter rotating around the top; it also has the ability to rotate the top 2/3rds of the mechanism to a 90 degree angle to fit under a 16.5 foot bridge. Another mechanism is the cars that look like they are driving on the pod’s road surface via train tracks underneath the surface. The cars will travel at different speeds on the track via varying voltages and have a control system to stop in certain places on the track to simulate reality. The falling building has a superhero attached making it look like he is catching the falling building and pushing it back up. The falling building breaks in two places, one at the base so that it drops into the pod and also towards the top of the building.