The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an annual national competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine.
This year’s competition task is: ZIP A ZIPPER!
Teams and their machines are judged on a range of criteria from complexity, machine flow, creativity, humor and story-telling -- along with the successful achievement of the task at hand.
Are you up for the challenge?
High School and College: View the competition schedule for dates and to find a contest near you.
Middle School: Form a team and register for our International competition.
Find out how to Register.
McColl Center for Visual Art hosted the first Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in Charlotte. Lincoln Charter School claimed the first prize and won the chance to compete at Nationals. Providence Day placed second and Charlotte Country Day finished with a close third. The Middle School exposition was a real treat with students showcasing their machines, creativity and whimsy. McColl Center literally rocked and rolled with excitement filled with engaged students, friends, and family. Among the expert panel of judges was kinetic artist, Joseph Herscher (pictured above), who specializes in making comical chain reaction machines and was a Knight Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art.
Heal the Bay hosted LA’s inaugural Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on November 9 as part of their first-ever S.T.E.A.M. Machines event on the Santa Monica Pier. Teams from Santiago Canyon College, Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School, Malibu High School, King Drew Magnet High School and Washington Preparatory High School competed. Malibu High won first place and is now eligible to compete in the RGMC Nationals.
A smashing success with ~750 participants, the S.T.E.A.M. Machines event included a host of innovative activities for all ages. Beneath the Pier, visitors to our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium spent hours driving an underwater R.O.V. (remotely operated vehicle) thanks to Aquarium advisory board member Kurt Holland. Kurt financed, built and staffed the Aquarium’s ROV station vehicle during S.T.E.A.M. Machines. And finally, Dale Voelker of Digital Lava Graphic Designs created a Rube Goldberg-esque graphic of Heal the Bay’s successful efforts to ban plastic bags in the city of Los Angeles. The poster remains as a teaching tool in the Aquarium’s Green Room.
igus® is proud to offer complimentary products for registered teams of the 2014 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.
1. Register your team.
2. Click below to get a free parts kit.
Kits are available only to Registered US Rube Goldberg teams.
The first officially licensed Rube Goldberg game, ‘Rube Works’ features Rube’s cartoons, contraptions, and irreverent humor and animates his iconic invention cartoons in a way never seen before.
CLICK ON RUBE WORKS GAME for all the info and to download the app.
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