2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contests

We're pleased to announce the dates and locations of STEM Forward's Rube Goldberg Machine Contests for the 2017-2018 school year. We will host one event at the high school level, and two events at the middle school level.

And they are...

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (High School level) -
Friday, March 9, 2018 at Waukesha County Technical College

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (Middle School level, mostly Waukesha County schools) -
Friday, April 20, 2018 at WCTC

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (Middle School level, mostly Milwaukee County schools) -
Friday, May 11, 2018 at MSOE's Kern Center


Attention High & Middle School Teachers: Sign Up for the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

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Are you looking for a fun, hands-on engineering project? Gather your students and plan to participate in the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Teams work together to build a complicated machine that can do a simple task.

For the high school level, this year's challenge is to pour a bowl of cereal in 20 or more steps. The WI Regional Rube Goldberg High School Competition is Friday, March 9 at Waukesha County Technical College. The Regional winner moves on to the Finals in Chicago. For details and to register a high school team, click here.

For the middle school level, this year’s challenge is to Ring a Bell in eight or more steps. The cost to participate is $50 per school. The competitions for middle schools will take place on Friday, April 20 at WCTC and Friday, May 11 at MSOE’s Kern Center. To register a middle school team, please contact Kelly Wesolowski at 414.221.7722 or kwesolowksi@stemforward.org.


Applying a variety of STEM skills, teams of middle school and/or high school students create complicated machines to perform a predetermined simple task. These extraordinary machines typically reflect very diverse design solutions. Problem solving, advanced manufacturing concepts, and the engineering design process (not to mention math and science) are all part of the educational experience.

Is your school interested in participating? Contact Kelly Wesolowski, Program Manager, at 414.221.7722 or kwesolowski@stemforward.org for more information.

Our first place winners at the high school appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Click the video below.

2017 First Place Regional Winner & National Winner: Kimberly High School, Team Kitchen

2017 First Place Winner: "Apocalypse" from Longfellow Middle School in Wauwatosa

2017 First Place Winner: Pilgrim Park Middle School (Elm Grove, WI) “Oz – The Great and Powerful”

2017 First Place Regional Winner & National Winner: Kimberly High School, Team Kitchen

Read about our 2017 winners!