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Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest®

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 first year hosting a Rube Goldberg competition. This year we will be hosting a Live Division II contest. Winners will move on to Finals in the spring.


Who can compete?

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.



Team Registration 

Registration deadline: Saturday, December 16



Volunteer Registration

 Parent and Educator Program (PEP)


While the students are competing, 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.




Date & Time

January 20, 2018
Judging begins at 12:00

Students can begin setting up at 9:30am


Potential Snow Date: January 27, 2018 



Howard High School

Ellicott City, MD




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

August 28, 2017: Competition Planning Meeting, details for 2018 competition coming soon!

September 19, 2017: Registration is Open!

September 22, 2017: Changed the event date to allow teams more time to form.


Competition Documents:

Abbreviated Rule Book*

*full rule book is sent to registered teams


For questions regarding the Rube Goldberg Contest email Adrianne Cooper

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