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1. What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?
2. Registration Information
3. Team Requirements
4. Prizes

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.
But millions of tinkerers, makers, inventors, “mad” scientists, and DIY’ers make Rube Goldberg Machines all the time. They can’t help it! While they’re having fun creating kooky solutions to simple, everyday tasks they also happen to be incorporating elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), with Art and design thrown into the mix (STEAM) to invent incredible Rube Goldberg Machines! People who make Rube Goldberg Machines – whether for fun or to solve an actual task – are innately curious problem-solvers who often say, “I can fix that!”
The word “rube” has been now redefined as someone who loves to make Rube Goldberg Machines. Are you a “Rube”?

Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2017Jimmy Kimmel welcomes First Place, Division II RGMC Team, Kimberly High School, Kimberly, WI.
Task: Apply a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage
Watch it at www.rubegoldberg.com/contests/

“an intentionally delightful waste of time and energy”
– Jimmy Kimmel

 

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!

 

CONTEST OPPORTUNITIES

 

There are 2 types of contests:

  • Live
    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.

Any team, no matter what their location, may compete in either the Live or the Online contest. Teams may not compete in both.

  • A team may compete in only one Contest.
  • A school/organization may register multiple teams, in multiple contests, each with a unique machine.

COST AND REGISTRATION

There are costs involved with forming a Rube Goldberg team.

  • Regonial/local contest registration fee is $395.00 per team, payable directly to RGI. If the fee for the Live contest you choose to enter is less than that, it is because the host has underwritten a portion of the fee.
  • Finals registration fee is $400.00 for all Live teams attending Live Finals, payable directly to RGI.
  • Teams are encouraged to seek out sponsors and to undertake community fundraising efforts. In addition to registration fees, costs may include transportation of the machine and the team, food and overnight accommodations.
  • No refunds or credits will be given.

1. TEAM REQUIREMENTS

All Teams…

  • must have a Team Leader 18 years of age or older.
  • Divisions Apprentice, I and II must have a non-student Team Leader.
  • must have at least 3 eligible members.
    • team members must be students
    • team members must be correct age for their Divison
  • max team size is 10 students.
    Only 10 students may work on the machine or attend the contest and interact with the machine.

 

Division Age Requirement Team Leader
APPRENTICE 8-11 Each team must have a TeamLeader who will be present at the contest.
I 11-14
II 14-18
III 18+ (All team members must be students 18 years of age orolder and enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students atan accredited university.)
NOTE: A team member must fall within the age range for their division by June 15th, 2018

 

 

Once the Team Leader has registered their team, paid the fee and approved all qualified team members**, Team Gifts will be mailed to the Team Leader at the address provided during the registration process.

** Qualified Team Member is one who has electronically filed their Consent and Release agreement online at www.rubegoldberg.com.

 

THIS IS A STUDENT COMPETITION
• Only students may build the machine.
• Only students may set up the machine.
• Only students may touch the machine (e.g., do interventions, fix the machine, etc.) during the competition.
• People who are not on the team may help transport the machine.
Safety is always the first priority. For scenarios that require building and lifting large pieces of a machine into place, or using tools that require adult assistance, adult help is acceptable.

 

RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE CONTEST SCHEDULE

 

Team Leader Registration opens September 2018.

 

LIVE CONTESTS

 

APPRENTICE**
DIVISION I DIVISION II DIVISION III
Team Pages close for editing the day before your Live contest at 11:59 PM EST.
Team Pages will be unchangeable after that time.
All Division Finals will be held end of March / beginning or April.
Dates and location will be announced begining of 2018.
Check our website often for new and updated Finals information.
*Apprentice Division teams will NOT participate in Finals.

ONLINE CONTESTS

 

APPRENTICE
DIVISION I DIVISION II DIVISION III
April 14, 2018 11:59 PM EST
Registration closes.
April 22, 2018 11:59 PM EST
Team Pages close for editing.
Team Pages will be unchangeable after that time.
April 25, 2018 11:59 PM EST
People’s Choice voting starts.
May 2, 2018
Round 1 results announced.
May 9, 2018
Round 2 results announced.
May 15, 2018 11:59 PM EST
People’s Choice voting closes.
May 16 ,2018
Online FINALS results announced.
People’s Choice results announced.

CONTEST PRIZES

 

LIVE CONTESTS

REGIONALS:
Apprentice Division

  • Plaques for each of the 3 judged categories – see page 16.
  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.

Divisions I, II and III

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plaques
  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.

FINALS:
Division I, II and III – 1st place teams

  • A team trophy
  • $1000 award
  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.

Division I, II and III – 2nd place teams

  • A team trophy
  • $750 award
  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.

Division I, II and III – 3rd place teams

  • A team trophy
  • $500 award
  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.

ONLINE CONTESTS

FINALS:
Apprentice Division

  • A team trophy for each of the 3 judged categories – see page 16.
  • One copy of “Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day” book for each of the 3 teams that win one of the 3 categories.
  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.
  • Free registration in our 2019 Contest

Division I, II and III – 1st place teams

  • A team trophy
  • $500 award
  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.
  • Free registration in our 2019 Contest

Division I, II and III – 2nd place teams

  • A team trophy
  • $250 award
  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.
  • Half price registration in our 2019 Contest

Division I, II and III – 3rd place teams

  • A team trophy
  • “The Art of Rube Goldberg” — the most comprehensive coffee table book on the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist’s 70 year career.
    Signed by Jennifer George, Rube’s granddaughter
  • Half price registration in our 2019

Contest

  • Each team member of a placing team will receive a commemorative ribbon.
  • Division I, II and III – People’s Choice winners
  • A team trophy