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.
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!
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Dr. Shawn Jordan, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University and RGI Education Outreach Director, works with Navajo Nation students to bring STEAM education to their school with chain-reaction machines.
Schedule a Skype Chat with Jennifer George (Rube’s Granddaughter) and/or David Fox (Rube Works Game Designer).
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 HERE for all the info and to download the app.
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