THE BASICS

WHAT IS A RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE?

A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a crazy contraption which accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated – and funniest – way possible! Based on the “Invention” cartoons of the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist, Rube Goldberg, actual machines are at the heart of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. They use everyday items (mostly junk!), they tell a story and, most important of all – they make you LAUGH.

WHAT IS A RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE CONTEST?

A Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an event where students of all ages compete with the machines they have imagined, designed and created in a fun and competitive forum. The competitions encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. Remember, to compete in a RGMC all you need is a good imagination and a pile of junk!

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HOW IT WORKS

CONTEST OPPORTUNITIES

There are 2 types of contests:
LIVE: (require a host site):Teams build a RGM, transport it to the Host site for which they have registered, and compete with other teams.
The first place winner of each Host site is eligible to compete in Live Finals.
ONLINE: Teams build a RGM, video it, fill in a team page and compete with other individual teams for first place.

WHY IT’S GREAT!

Become a Team Leader or a Host… or get involved in sponsorship.

Help students learn while having fun and creating unique Rube Goldberg Machines out of recycled items and stuff they find in their parents garage!

Engage students in STEM/STEAM.

Bring together students with a variety of gifts to learn, support each other and experience the results of real teamwork.

Guide students to problem solve as a group and discover critical thinking skills.

Host and support your community and education.

Give engaged students a venue to display the skills they have acquired and experience support from.

Bring the public to your venue. Watch friends, peers, educators, parents, siblings, grandparents and educators come to experience your RGMC and support students and education.

Guide Teams to victory! Any adult (18 years or older) can be a Team Leader…a teacher, parent, grandparent.

And any venue can serve as a Host location..the size of your RGMC is up to you.