Okay guys, here's the challenge: build a robot capable of lifting stuff.  The goal is to see how heavy a load you can give your crane to lift without it breaking (broken cranes aren't very useful for later jobs).  For the most part you're free to build it however you like, but here are a few guidelines to make sure no one does anything too terribly weird:

Alright guys, go start building!  If you have any questions, always feel free to post right here in this discussion.  Once you've completed your robot (no uncompleted robots will be accepted as entries), send the following to webmatakemeoutster@natepickens.com:

If you exclude any of the above items (except for the video) your entry will not be accepted.

And lastly, here is how your robot will be judged:

You have until 11:59PM on Friday, December 16, 2005 to submit your entry.

Good luck, and Play Well!