Machine Contests
2015 Online Contest

To see the Top 10 for the Division I ONLINE , CLICK HERE.

Monday, March 30th:
- We will announce the winners of Division I and II ONLINE contests
- People's Choice voting will open

Online Contests - Division I and II

Division I
March 20........Top 10 teams announced

Division I and II
March 30.
.......Online World Contest winners announced for
March 30........Team Pages made public and 
People’s Choice Award voting starts
April 19, 11:59 PM EST.....People’s Choice Award voting closes
April 20...........People’s Choice winners announced 

2015 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an annual international 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.

The 2015 Task is: ERASE A CHALKBOARD. Team Registration is open now!

The RGMC is STEM and STEAM friendly, and Teams and their machines are judged on a range of criteria from absurd complexity, reliability, team chemistry, creativity, humor and story-telling -- along with the successful achievement of the task at hand.

Download the ALL NEW CONTEST 2015 Rule Book.

Click here to find out How To Register


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:

 - Create an exciting, annual, on-campus event that sparks the imagination of media and spectators;

 - Connect students from all disciplines -- Engineering to Theater, Physics to Art, and Chemistry to Computer Science -- in a creative, competitive, and fun atmosphere fueled by learning and humor;

 - Engage your students and teachers with an audience and community of creative and abstract thinkers, including prospective students;

 - Help your students become the problem-solvers of tomorrow by participating in a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest today!


2015 Contest Photos
Cradle of Aviation Museum Regionals

First Place: Wantagh, Thrill Seekers

Second Place: Wantagh, Goldberg Brothers

Third Place: North Rockland, Goldbergers

COSI HS Regionals

First Place: Centennial

Second Place: Briggs 

Third Place: New Albany

Argonne Labs HS Regional

First Place: Maine South

Great Mill HS Regional

First Place: Great Mills, Now Playing

Second Place: Forrest Tech


Purdue College of Technology Regionals

First Place: Kouts

Second Place: Anderson

Second Place: Delta

Penn State College Regional

First Place: Penn State SES

Second Place: Penn State ASME Harrisburg

Third Place: Penn State ASME University Park

Purdue College Regionals

First Place: PSPE Purdue

Second Place: AMET Purdue

Third Place: Universsity of Illinois

University Wisconsin/STOUT Regionals

First Place: Elk Mound

Second Place: Plum City

Third Place: Bayfield

Jac Cen Del Regionals

First Place: Enngineering Academy

Second Place: Milan High School

Third Place: Madison High School