Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

All you need is a good imagination and a pile of junk!

Ages:Elementary, Middle School, High School

Types:Submission, Performance

Categories:Design, engineering, STEM

Scope:International

Registration Opens
Sep 9, 2020 12:00am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 3, 2021 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 on our website in early Fall. 

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.

Start a Team, register on rubegoldberg.com, build a RGM and compete for winner 1 of 4 Divisions: Elementary, Middle School, High School and Family.  Build a RGM to complete the task: Shake and Pour a box of NERDS. Video it, fill in a team page and compete with other individual teams for first place. 

RGMs must be built to our Specs and Rules. Teams and machines are evaluated by specific criteria – including number of steps, machine volume and run time – to quantitatively evaluate machine and team requirements. And by 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:

kathleen@rubegoldberg.com

Entry Fee: $195

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 Family - all ages. Same household, or sequestered group.

Registration Opens
Sep 9, 2020 12:00am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 3, 2021 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 on our website in early Fall. 

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

Start a Team, register on rubegoldberg.com, build a RGM and compete for winner 1 of 4 Divisions: Elementary, Middle School, High School and Family.  Build a RGM to complete the task: Shake and Pour a box of NERDS. Video it, fill in a team page and compete with other individual teams for first place. 

Criteria

RGMs must be built to our Specs and Rules. Teams and machines are evaluated by specific criteria – including number of steps, machine volume and run time – to quantitatively evaluate machine and team requirements. And by 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:

kathleen@rubegoldberg.com

Entry Fee: 195

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 Family - all ages. Same household, or sequestered group.

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Sep 9, 2020 12:00am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 3, 2021 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles