Students unveil clever machines in Rube Goldberg competition

TMJ4 / March 9, 2018

The 30th Annual Rube Goldberg Contest has a winner! Friday afternoon 10 schools from across Wisconsin and Illinois came to Waukesha County Technical College to compete for top honors.

Benton, Berlin, Glenbard South, Kimberly, Milwaukee Lutheran, Pius XI, St. Catherine's, Waukaukee, Waupaca, and Wauwatosa High School District all competed in several rounds of judging. Click here to read more and watch the video. 

High schoolers compete in regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

CBS58 WDJT-Milwaukee / March 9, 2018

High schoolers from Illinois and Wisconsin competed against each other on Friday in the annual regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.

This year’s goal of the contest was to create a machine that successfully pours a bowl of cereal in at least 20 steps. The event promotes the STEM field and gives students an opportunity to show off their engineering skills. Click here to read the story and watch the video. 

A Local School's Award-Winning "Future City"

TMJ4 Morning Blend / Jan. 25, 2018

St. Alphonsus School has been participating in the Future City Competition for at least 20 years. They have won the regional competition several times, including this year! The focus this year was to create an "age-friendly" Future City. Joining us to show off their city, Sedai, and to discuss their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. to compete nationally are Maggie Krajnak, Quentin Walsh, Grace Organ, Abby Krajnak, Isaac Porter, Isabelle Porter, teacher Mary Duckert, and engineering mentor Kevin Walsh! Click here to watch the video. 

Come on China and Egypt, Greendale's St. Alphonsus School 'engineers' are ready for you

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Jan. 24, 2018

Imagine a city of the future, where senior citizens can lead healthy, active lives. 

A team of students from St. Alphonsus School worked all summer and into December to develop one. And best of all, one of the judges, in a statewide science and technology competition where their age-friendly city won first place, was heard to say, "Hey, this could work." Read more. 

Free trip to D.C. won by St. Al's of Greendale for winning local STEM future city competition

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Jan. 17, 2018

Students from St. Alphonsus School are going to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Future Competition Feb. 17-21, after winning first place in STEM Forward’s Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition. Read more. 

Video: Urban Living Engineered for the Elderly by Wisconsin's Youth

Milwaukee Independent / Jan. 17, 2018

More than 250 students on 66 teams from 32 Wisconsin middle schools participated in the event to win an all-expense-paid trip to the February 18 national competition in Washington DC. Read more and watch the video.

 Students Design Cities of Tomorrow for Senior Citizens at STEM Forward Competition

Milwaukee Independent / Jan. 17, 2018

Of the 66 teams to participate in the 2018 tournament, the top team from the five finalists would receive an all-expense-paid trip to the February 18 national competition in Washington DC.

STEM Forward asked middle school students to develop an “Age Friendly” city design that provided innovative solutions to serve an urban area’s older population. It would have to be sustainable and enable seniors to remain active, independent, and engaged in the community. Read more. 

Students design futuristic cities where senior citizens thrive, age with grace

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Jan. 13, 2017

Imagine the city of Amanecer, which in Spanish translates to “dawn.”

It’s far into the future, and while this city is fictitious, it has solved problems that real urban areas face now, in 2018, regarding an aging population. Read more. 

New Berlin schools earn STEMMY awards for student education in math, science, robotics

Journal Sentinel / November 7, 2017

The School District of New Berlin was recognized for its progress in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education with a "STEMMY" award from the STEM Forward organization. Read more.

Meeting Wisconsin's Workforce Needs

Shepherd Express / July 12, 2017

Wisconsin STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs will increase at double the rate of other occupations over the course of the next decade, offering higher incomes and lower unemployment than other occupations, according to Change the Equation’s 2017 Vital Signs report. But there remains apprehension among some Wisconsin employers as to whether the Wisconsin workforce can meet the need. Read more. 

Our National Champion Rube Goldberg team was on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!

Kimberly Area School District / May 10, 2017

The National Champion Rube Goldberg Machine team from Kimberly High School was invited to share their “Kimberly Kitchen” machine with a national audience on the Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! show. View their segment online.

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Kimberly team appears on 'Jimmy Kimmel' show

The Appleton Post-Crescent / May 10, 2017

Kimberly High School's national champion Rube Goldberg Machine team got some national exposure Tuesday night.

The team showed its “Kimberly Kitchen” machine on the "Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!" show that aired Tuesday night. A video of the show can be viewed at

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Unique machines: STEM Forward’s Rube Goldberg Machine Contests inspire future engineers

Fox6Now / April 28, 2017

Kramp spent the morning at Waukesha Area Technical College for STEM Forward's Rube Goldberg Machine contests. STEM Forward will be hosting the Rube Goldberg Machine Contests for middle school students and on April 28th at Waukesha Area Technical College on May 12th at MSOE's Kern Center. This year's challenge for middle school students is to create a machine that pops a balloon in eight or more steps. Read more and watch the live segments.

Jared Wendt of CH2M Named 2016 Young Engineer of the Year by STEM Forward

Urban Milwaukee / March 16, 2017

Jared Wendt of CH2M received the 2016 Young Engineer of the Year award from STEM Forward after being selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, committed to advancing the engineering profession and inspiring others. Evaluation and selection of the award winner was completed by an independent judging panel. Read the full press release here.

STEM Forward Honors Milwaukee’s Finest Engineers and STEM Leaders

Urban Milwaukee / March 16, 2017

STEM Forward is pleased to name Dr. Kristina Ropella of Marquette University as 2016 Engineer of the Year, Jared Wendt of CH2M as 2016 Young Engineer of the Year, and Caterpillar, Inc. as the 2017 Spirit of STEM recipient. Read the full press release here.

High School Students Create Band-Aid Applying Machine

WDJT - Milwaukee 58 / March 3, 2017

After months of planning and work students are showing off their creations at Waukesha Technical College.
Twelve teams of high school students from around the state are taking part in the Rube Goldberg machine contest. Read more. 

Rube Goldberg competition: Putting on a band-aid has never been this complicated

Fox 6 NOW Milwaukee / March 3, 2017

Putting on a band-aid is a pretty straightforward task. But for dozens of Wisconsin high school students, it was a particularly challenging task -- and they were okay with that.

The students were taking part in the regional Rube Goldberg machine contest at Waukesha County Technical College on Friday, March 3rd. The contest involved 12 teams from schools across the state including Milwaukee Lutheran and Pius XI. The goal is to build a machine that would put a band-aid on in 20 or more steps. Read more.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / March 3, 2017

The Kimberly High School Barbershop team and Pius XI High School demonstrate for judges their Rube Goldberg machines at the Regional Rube Goldberg Machine competition held at WCTC in Pewaukee. The objective is to apply a Band-Aid in 20 movements. Watch the video. View the photo gallery.

Wauwatosa competes in Rube Goldberg regional

Wauwatosa NOW / March 3, 2017

It took the Wauwatosa West team 55 steps to apply a bandage - with a shovel - with the machines they created for the STEM Forward Wisconsin Regional High School Rube Goldberg competition on March 3, 2017 at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee. View the photo gallery.

Wauwatosa Schools embrace STEM program

Wauwatosa NOW / February 14, 2017

Employers and educators believe studying science, technology, engineering and math can propel kids to productive, lifelong careers.

With that ideal in mind a program known as STEM has emerged nationwide and is now taking hold in Wauwatosa. Read more. 

Forest Park students bring home award, expanded knowledge of STEM from national Future City competition

South NOW / February 28, 2017

Forest Park Middle School students returned from the national Future City competition in Washington D.C. with an award, more knowledge about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and a renewed interest for studying engineering. Read more. 

Marquette’s engineering dean receives honors from Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network and STEM Forward

Press Release by Marquette University / Urban Milwaukee / February 27, 2017

Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus dean of Engineering, has received a pair of honors. Ropella has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Dean Award from The Kern Family Foundation, and has been named 2016 Engineer of the Year by STEM Forward. Read more.

President Walz to speak at STEM Forward Engineers Week Banquet

Press Release by MSOE / February 13, 2017

Dr. John Y. Walz, MSOE president, will deliver the keynote address at STEM Forward’s 64th Annual Engineers Week Banquet at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee on Feb. 16, 2017. He will share his thoughts and vision for MSOE, STEM and community partnerships. Read more.

Bright urban ideas: Forest Park students win first at Future City competition

South NOW / January 24, 2017

If these students are the future, the future seems bright.

A team of Forest Park Middle School seventh-graders took home the top prize at the Future City competition held Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where middle school students were tasked with creating a city that could exist 100 years in the future. Read more.