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.
A Rube Goldberg Machine is an overly complex contraption, designed with humor and a narrative, to accomplish a simple task.
This year’s competition task is: ZIP A ZIPPER!
The RGMC is STEM and STEAM friendly, and 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?
Dating back over 60 years, the contest’s namesake is the late American Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, humorist and inventor, Reuben Lucius Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical machines with every-day objects that performed a seemingly simple task.
Goldberg’s legacy lives on through the contests -- as students nationwide build crazy machines that complete the annual task, all in the spirit of Rube’s illustrations.
View the International Online Contest page for middle school students.
View the High School and College Contest schedule for dates and to find a contest near you.
No contest near you? Sign up to become a Host. Hosting is a great way to:
High School Nationals Host:
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI 53702
The date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
College Nationals Host
Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio. (COSI)
333 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
The date: Saturday, April 12, 2014