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Contest FAQ's

We do a lot of things at the Institute and get a lot of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked. Not seeing your question here? Contact us.

How does this contest differ from the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest?

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest LIVE!® is hosted by the licensor. The materials provided will give you all the tools to prepare, promote, run, judge and distribute awards for your event.

What if I only have two teams?

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest LIVE!® is best suited for larger size competitions. We suggest inviting 3-10 teams to participate.

How big is a team?

Teams can range in size from 3-20 members. You can set your parameters.

Can a college or university license this contest?


How big a space do you need to host a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest LIVE!®?

This depends on how many teams attend. Large open spaces are best, like a gymnasium, auditorium, large lobby, exhibit hall, convention center or event space.

Do you discount Rube Goldberg Machine Contest LIVE!® for large group licenses?

Yes. Contact us to inquire.

What age group is this for?

Anyone over eight years old.

I homeschool my kids, is this the RGM contest for me?

If you are part of a homeschool network and want to run a large regional event specific to your community this is a great option for you. If not, we recommend that you participate and enter our free Rube Goldberg Machine Contests.

What is the task?

That's up to you! You can use our annual task for free. Inquire about permission to hold an official contest using your own personalized task.

How does the institute support licensors of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest LIVE!®?

We have a designated email to answer any questions you may have. We also provide Zoom visits with our team. All of this information is in the materials you will receive once you've registered.

How does Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and art education factor into this competition?

Over the past three decades of competition, the institute has developed rules, judging metrics and forms that promote STEM learning. You will receive it all. Your Rube Goldberg Machine Contest LIVE!® will require machines to adhere to size constraints, include simple machines, run reliably with limited contact, and complete the assigned task. Arts education, in the form of storytelling, machine design, and construction also factor into the scoring. Social and emotional learning through teamwork and improvisation add to the experience as well. This is an inclusive, all-ages and sustainable live event. All you need is a pile of junk and a great imagination to create a winning Rube Goldberg Machine!