Using the basic precepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) the students build machines that tell a story, while also employing simple machine theory, creativity, teamwork and humor. “Next year, RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE CONTESTS will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and the contest resonates now more than ever,” said Jennifer George, RGI’s Legacy Director and Rube’s granddaughter.
“We are excited to partner with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, which embody my grandfather’s legacy of resilience to achieve the task or goal at hand. We can’t wait to see the innovative machines our student participants create to apply a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage.”
“The contest is rooted in getting kids to disconnect from their laptops and tablets to engage in a fun team-centric, social activity that uses all aspects of our education system,” continued George. “Throughout the contest, students use every STEM discipline to build these quirky chain reaction machines; but the contraptions that rank highest in our events utilize the arts, as well. Machines with narrative, artistry and humor truly represent the work of my grandfather. I like to think he was also the grandfather of STEAM before it was an acronym!”
Students from elementary school through college may form teams of ten or fewer, and compete first locally, then later nationally. The RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE CONTEST has both Live and Online divisions so students all over the world can compete.
To enter or host a RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE CONTEST, please visit https:// www.rubegoldberg.com/contests/. The deadline for entering online is March 31, 2017.