Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge

What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?

A Rube Goldberg Machine is a crazy contraption that accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated, and comical, way possible! The contest started in 1988 and is based on the “invention” cartoons of the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. Each year, a new challenge is determined and students’ scrounge for everyday items to put together their machines to tell a story, make you laugh, and complete the task!

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Thank you for attending (either one or all three!) the 2019 Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge!

More than 400 students from a variety of Middle and High Schools’ throughout Southeastern Wisconsin competed with their machines in one of the three challenges held in 2019!




We’re pleased to announce the dates for the 2020 Rube Goldberg Season

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (High School level) -
Friday, March 6, 2020 at Waukesha County Technical College

Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge (Middle School level) -
Friday, April 24, 2020 at WCTC

Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge (Middle School level) -
Friday, May 8, 2020 at MSOE's Kern Center


High School

2019 First Place Regional Winner: Pius High School

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Congratulations to Pius XI High School for taking 1st Place at the Wisconsin High School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) held at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) on Friday, March 1st!

This year's high school challenge is to "put money in a piggy bank" in 20 or more steps. The completed machine must fit in an overall space of 300 cubic feet and run for no more than 2 minutes.

The event is coordinated by the Milwaukee Area Engineering and Technology Partnership, which includes Waukesha County Technical College, STEM Forward, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Click here to see the Special Award winners
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Congratulations to the winners:

1st Place: Pius XI High School
2nd Place: New Berlin Eisenhower
3rd Place: St. Catherine’s High School


Middle School

Rube Goldberg Middle School Challenge — WCTC

Congratulations to all of the teams that showed up and brought their engineering game to the Rube Goldberg Middle School challenge at WCTC. Here are the top placing teams:

A Night in Paradise, Kiel Middle School

A Night in Paradise, Kiel Middle School

1st Place: A Night in Paradise, Kiel Middle School
2nd Place: Banerners, Waukesha STEM Academy
3rd Place: Sweviet Onion, Kiel Middle School
4th Place: Snack Attack, North Middle School
5th Place: Candy Land, Waukesha STEM Academy

Special Awards:

Most Innovative Step — Sponsored by The Society of Women Engineers: Zombie Apocalypse, Kiel Middle School

Best Construction — Sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College: Snack Attack, North Middle School

Risk Award — Sponsored by Collins Engineers: Pucker Up, Karcher Middle School

Rube Goldberg Middle School Challenge — MSOE

Up 2 Snow Good, Forest Park Middle School

Up 2 Snow Good, Forest Park Middle School

1st Place: Up 2 Snow Good, Forest Park Middle School
2nd Place: Team Rube-X, St. Charles Borromeo
3rd Place: X-Mas, Whitman Middle School
4th Place: Surprise, St. Charles Borromeo
5th Place: Oceans, Forest Park Middle School

Special Awards:

Most Innovative Step — Sponsored by The Society of Women Engineers: Four Elements, Whitman Middle School

Best Construction — Sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College: Fellas, Forest Park Middle School

Risk Award — Sponsored by Collins Engineers: On the Farm, Wheatland School 

Thank you to all of our sponsors

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