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The Rube Goldberg/Unreal Engine Challenge

Create, record, and submit a video of your Unreal Engine Rube Goldberg Machine accomplishing the annual task. Stay tuned for more information about the 2024 contest.

About the Competition

The Rube Goldberg Institute, in partnership with Unreal Engine, announces the Rube Goldberg/Unreal Engine challenge. This new interactive 3D competition challenges student’s creative abilities and teaches them valuable team-building skills.

A Rube Goldberg machine is a chain reaction machine designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly each year is simple: accomplish the task in an overly complicated way. Each submission must include: 12 transfers of motion; use each of the 6 (six) simple machines at least once; and finally accomplish the task. Teams should have at least 4 team members and a mentor.

To help students begin their journey we’ve created The build a virtual Rube Goldberg Machine in Unreal Engine Learning Kit complete with lesson plans, project files, and a student guide. As well as the learning kit we will be hosting a series of live sessions to guide competition participants and mentors through each learning activity in support of their quest to create a simple Rube Goldberg machine.

2023 Contest Winners

Junior Division

  1. City Scapers- Osgoode Township High School
  2. Kadin S- Uwharrie Charter Academy High School
  3. Golden Terrapins- Tampa Prep

Senior Division

  1. Leo O- Uwharrie Charter Academy High School
  2. Ignite- AD Medical Animations & Arts Pvt Ltd
  3. Danny P- Uwharrie Charter Academy High School

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