Rube Goldberg Machine Contest™

What is it?

Taking something simple and making it complicated is a teenager’s dream come true … and that’s just what this competition does. It challenges students to build a contraption that does something simple (peel an apple, sharpening a pencil, putting toothpaste on a toothbrush) in as many steps as possible.

Physics, chemistry, engineering and ingenuity are all put to the test.

This years Challenge: Erase a chalkboard

Competition Site:
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main St.
Pewaukee, WI 53072

How to get involved

Students – talk to a teacher about being the advisor for a group. Visit the Rube Goldberg website for more information on the next contest date, rules and entry information.


The contest is hosted by the Milwaukee Area Technology and Engineering Partnership: Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and STEM Forward.

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