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Girl competing in Rube-a-thon contest, testing her machine.

The Rube-a-Thon Contest®

A reboot of the traditional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, the Rube-A-Thon is a one-day, turn-key competition! Design, build and run your Rube Goldberg Machine at this fun, fast paced STEAM event.

Watch the action from our 2023 Build a Lunchables Rube-a-Thon!

How does a Rube-A-Thon Contest® work?

Students arrive at the competition site with nothing more than the will to compete and a great imagination! The Contest Host provides all the building materials, costumes, and task elements to create a working Rube Goldberg Machine that completes the national RGMC task for that year.

Teams will compete in three Divisions, each with a different set time and buildable footprint.

During this day-long event, the Rube-A-Thon will also have non-competitive activities for families and other spectators. This will include a makerspace with different arts and crafts activities in addition to mini-challenges.

Learn more by downloading the Rule Book:

What's the Rube Money?

During the event, students will have the opportunity to use Rube Money to buy additional materials! More details to come.

Watch the action from previous Rube-a-thons!