Interested in Participating in the 2019 Rube Goldberg Machine Contests?

To sign up for the high school Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, click here.

To sign up for the middle school contests, contact Heather Dummer Combs at hcombs@stemforward.org or (414) 810-7836.


2019 Rube Goldberg Machine Contests

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We're pleased to announce the dates and locations of STEM Forward's Rube Goldberg Machine Contests for the 2018-2019 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 1, 2019 at Waukesha County Technical College
*This year’s high school challenge is to put money in a piggy bank in 20 or more steps.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (Middle School level, mostly Waukesha County schools) -
Friday, April 12, 2019 at WCTC
*This year’s middle school challenge is to create a machine that flips a switch in eight or more steps.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (Middle School level, mostly Milwaukee County schools) -
Friday, May 10 at MSOE's Kern Center
*This year’s middle school challenge is to create a machine that flips a switch in eight or more steps.


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 Chantel Kuczmarski, Communications Manager, at 715.891.7922 or ckuczmarski@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

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