Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Ages:Elementary, Middle School, High School

Types:Submission, Performance

Categories:Design, engineering, STEM

Scope:International

Registration Opens
Aug 9, 2019 12:00am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 7, 2020 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

Since 1988, thousands of students have celebrated Rube’s legacy by creating Rube Goldberg Machines™ in our annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest® and they’ve learned – and laughed – a lot. This STEM / STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math) learning experience came naturally to Rube - who was trained as an engineer but was an inventor and artist at heart.

A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a crazy contraption which accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated – and funniest – way possible! Based on the “Invention” cartoons of the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist, Rube Goldberg, actual machines are at the heart of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. They tell a story and, most important of all – they make you LAUGH.

The task, which changes on a yearly basis, is announced in Spring at our Live Finals.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contests help students learn while having fun and creating unique Rube Goldberg Machines out of recycled items and everyday objects. Students learn to problem solve as a group, discover critical thinking skills, support each other and experience the results of real teamwork.

Students enter one of 2 types of contests:

  • LIVE: (require a host site):Teams build a RGM, transport it to the Host site for which they have registered, and compete with other teams. The first place winner of each Host site is eligible to compete in Live Finals.
  • ONLINE: Teams build a RGM, video it, fill in a team page and compete with other individual teams for first place.
There are 3 Divisions in each type of contest: Elementary, Middle School and High School. To start a team, register on the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest site, build a RGM and compete for winner in your Division.

RGMs must be built to our Specs and Rules. Teams and machines are evaluated by two distinct sets of contest officials: Referees and Judges. Referees use specific criteria – including number of steps, machine volume and run time – to quantitatively evaluate machine and team requirements. Judges use their personal judgment and point of view to evaluate the team and machine in the three judging categories: teamwork, humor and creativity.
RGM Live Contest Elementary Division 1st Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Elementary Division 2nd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Elementary Division 3rd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Middle Division 1st Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Middle Division 2nd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Middle Division 3rd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest High Division 1st Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest High Division 2nd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest High Division 3rd Place

Team Award.

Website: https://www.rubegoldberg.com/

Managing Organization: Rube Goldberg Inc.

Contact:

rube@rubegoldberg.com

Entry Fee: 395

Eligibility:
Team members must be students. Team members must be the correct age for their Division: Apprentice - age 8-11 Division I - age 11-14 Division II - age 14-18

Registration Opens
Aug 9, 2019 12:00am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 7, 2020 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

Overview

Since 1988, thousands of students have celebrated Rube’s legacy by creating Rube Goldberg Machines™ in our annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest® and they’ve learned – and laughed – a lot. This STEM / STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math) learning experience came naturally to Rube - who was trained as an engineer but was an inventor and artist at heart.

A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a crazy contraption which accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated – and funniest – way possible! Based on the “Invention” cartoons of the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist, Rube Goldberg, actual machines are at the heart of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. They tell a story and, most important of all – they make you LAUGH.

The task, which changes on a yearly basis, is announced in Spring at our Live Finals.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contests help students learn while having fun and creating unique Rube Goldberg Machines out of recycled items and everyday objects. Students learn to problem solve as a group, discover critical thinking skills, support each other and experience the results of real teamwork.

Process

Students enter one of 2 types of contests:
  • LIVE: (require a host site):Teams build a RGM, transport it to the Host site for which they have registered, and compete with other teams. The first place winner of each Host site is eligible to compete in Live Finals.
  • ONLINE: Teams build a RGM, video it, fill in a team page and compete with other individual teams for first place.
There are 3 Divisions in each type of contest: Elementary, Middle School and High School. To start a team, register on the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest site, build a RGM and compete for winner in your Division.

Criteria

RGMs must be built to our Specs and Rules. Teams and machines are evaluated by two distinct sets of contest officials: Referees and Judges. Referees use specific criteria – including number of steps, machine volume and run time – to quantitatively evaluate machine and team requirements. Judges use their personal judgment and point of view to evaluate the team and machine in the three judging categories: teamwork, humor and creativity.

Awards

RGM Live Contest Elementary Division 1st Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Elementary Division 2nd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Elementary Division 3rd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Middle Division 1st Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Middle Division 2nd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest Middle Division 3rd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest High Division 1st Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest High Division 2nd Place

Team Award.

RGM Live Contest High Division 3rd Place

Team Award.

Participate

Website: https://www.rubegoldberg.com/

Managing Organization: Rube Goldberg Inc.

Contact:

rube@rubegoldberg.com

Entry Fee: 395

Eligibility:
Team members must be students. Team members must be the correct age for their Division: Apprentice - age 8-11 Division I - age 11-14 Division II - age 14-18

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Aug 9, 2019 12:00am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 7, 2020 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles