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: SHINE A SHOE
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.
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RGMC College Nationals were held on April 12 at COSI, Columbus, Ohio. The crowd pleasing machines thrilled the judges - as tough decisions were made:
1st place: Purdue, West Lafayette, IN - "A Simple Way to get Ready for Work"
2nd place: Washington University, St Louis, MO - "Going Green"
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!
3rd place: University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ - "Wacky Woodland Wanderings"
4th place: Penn State, University Park, PA - Engineering Leadersip Society - "A Day in the Life of a Child"
Legacy Award - Purdue
Peoples Choice - Washington University
Best Single Step - Washington University
New Auburn HS from New Auburn, Wisconsin, won 1st place at the High School Nationals, as they showed the judges how to "Zip A Zipper" - Rube Goldberg style!
Seventeen teams from around the US competed on April 5th at Waukesha County Technical College, Wisconsin, in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest hosted by STEM Forward.
Minooka Community High School from Minooka, Ill., placed second in the competition and McDonogh High School in Owings Mills, Md., placed third.
Additional Awards presented at High School Nationals:
Safety Award – St. Catherine’s High School, Racine, WI
Most Rube-Like Machine – Columbia Christian HS, Magnolia, AR
Best Design – Minooka Community High School, Minooka, Ill.
Risk Award – St. Agnes High School, Houston, TX
Best Presentation – Pius XI High School, Milwaukee, WI
Best Construction – New Auburn High School, New Auburn, WI
Peer Award - McDonogh High School, Owings Mills, Md
RGI congratulates all the teams that participate in our RGMC!
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