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Contest FAQ's

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The Rube Goldberg Institute has partnered with NASEF, The North American E-sports Federation, to present the Rube Goldberg Big Build Challenge in Minecraft. This free competition invites students from around the globe to imagine, design and build whimsical chain reaction machines in the digital world of Minecraft.

How do I enter the Rube Goldberg Big Build Minecraft Competition?

Go to https://www.nasef.org/learning/rube-goldberg/ and click on "Registration".

What if I don't have Minecraft Education Edition?

In the registration process you will be asked if you require Minecraft Education game licenses. If you do not currently have Minecraft Education access, be sure to check the box indicating that you require accounts and NASEF will provide them for your team, free of charge.

When is the deadline to submit my build?

All "Big Build" submissions are due by March 9th, 2022.

What is the task?

The 2022 task is "Open & Illuminate a Book".

Can my machine begin with the task?

Every machine must end with the task. But if you want to also begin your machine with the task, or add it to the middle of the machine, you can!

What are the prizes?

There are 3 divisions and each will have a first, second and third place prize:

- Junior Division

- Senior Division

- @Home Division

Each FIRST PLACE Division Winning Team will receive:

- Individual official 2022 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest certificates

- Showcased on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media

- $450 Amazon gift card

Each SECOND PLACE Division Winning Team will receive:

- Individual official 2022 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest certificates

- Showcased on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media

- $225 Amazon gift card

Each THIRD PLACE Division Winning Team will receive:

- Individual official 2022 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest certificates

- Showcased on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media

- $100 Amazon gift card

The TOP 50 TEAMS Across All Divisions will receive:

- Individual official 2022 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest certificates

- Named on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media