Welcome to the Baltimore Washington SWE Rube Goldberg Contest Homepage!

Registration for 2020

Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest®

What is this year’s task?

This year’s task is to Turn off a Light! #RGMC2020 #TurnOffALight #RGMC


A Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an event where students of all ages compete with the machines they have imagined, designed and created in a fun and competitive forum. The competitions encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. Remember, to compete in an RGMC all you need is a pile of junk and a great imagination!


We can't wait to see what you come up with! 


Please check back to this page for any updates regarding our local competition.  


This will be our third year hosting a Rube Goldberg competition and we hope to have even more teams competing to go to Nationals. We will be hosting a Live Division II Middle and High School contest. Winners will move on to Finals in April.


Who can compete?

Ages 11- 14 (Middle School)

Ages 14 - 18 (High School) 


What are the team sizes?

Teams are 3-10 students. 

Only 4 team members are allowed at judging.


Cost: $395/team


Teams comprised of 50% or more females is encouraged, but any team is allowed to compete.

  Ages 11- 14 (Middle School) Registration

Ages 14 - 18 (High School) Registration

Registration deadline: January, 31st 2020


Volunteer Registration

For Day-of event volunteers


 Parent and Educator Program (PEP) 


While the students are setting up their machines, adults are invited to participate in a Parent/Educator Program. Adults will hear from and have an opportunity to network with Engineers, Engineering Students, and STEM experts. There will be  hands-on activities and guest speakers. There will be an opportunity to see the students' machines in action! Click the button below for more details and to register.



We can use you or your company's help with offsetting costs of the event. 

Donations are needed to:

  • Offset team entry costs (entry is currently $395/team),
  • Help the winning team with travel funds to get to the National Competition
  • Provide food for volunteers, teams, and Parent and Educator Program.
List in Comments what you would like your donate to go to!

Company Logos of those who are sponsoring will be featured at the event and on our event website. 

Thank you! 


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Date & Time

February 15th, 2020

Opening Ceremony at 11:50

Judging begins at 12:00

Students can begin setting up at 9:30am


Parent and Educator Program starts at 9:30am all parents and educators are invited to attend while the students get their machines ready!  



Howard High School

Ellicott City, MD


2018 Contest Info!

Congratulations to Cantonsville High School! 


2018 Teams!






If middle school teams are interested in participating please contact Claudette DuPont at the email below. If we get three interested teams, we will hold a Division I competition for middle school (Ages 11- 14).



Competition Documents:

Abbreviated Rule Book*

*full rule book is sent to registered teams


For questions regarding the Rube Goldberg Contest email Claudette DuPont

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