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:
YKK, the world’s leading manufacturer of zippers and other fastening products, is proud to offer registered U.S. Rube Goldberg teams a free kit featuring three of our top quality zippers.
To get your free zipper kit:
1. Register your team.
2. Visit http://ykkamerica.com/feedbackform.htm. In the comment section, please state that you are requesting your free zipper kit, the location where you are competing, and your mailing address. Kits are available only to registered U.S. Rube Goldberg teams.
To learn more about YKK, please visit www.ykk-usa.com.
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1. Register your team.
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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
First Place: Southeastern Career Center
First Place: St. Catherines
Second Place: Pius XI
First Place: Columbia Central
Second Place: Centennial
Third Place: Homestead HS
First Place: Reavis High
First Place: Great Mills, Hornet Team 3
Second Place: McDonogh Eagles
Third Place: Great Mills, Hornet Team 2
First Place: St Agnes, Toy Story
First Place: Engineering Leadership Society
First Place: Trinity Catholic, Stamford, CT
First Place: PSPE Purdue
First Place: Putnam North Westchester BOCES
Second Place: Ulster BOCES
First Place: Southland HS, Winter Wake Up
Second Place: Southland HS, Happy Campers
Third Place: Mankato West HS, The Leftovers