We have no idea if anyone will actually give this a go (we hope you do!), but here are the official rules:
Rules of the Contest
- Individuals or teams may enter. Teams are encouraged!
- To enter the contest, you or your team must bring your own Rube Goldberg Machine, set it up, and operate it.
- Your machine must perform an actual task of some kind.
- The Party Host’s machine may not win the contest. 🙂
- Party guests may be drafted as judges by the Party Host.
- Contestants will have 30 minutes to set up their machines and test them.
- Machines must have at least 4 steps or stages to the process.
- Contestants may make up to 3 attempts for their machine to succeed.
ALL MACHINES MUST FUNCTION SUCCESSFULLY AT LEAST ONCE BEFORE AN AUDIENCE IN ORDER TO QUALIFY.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
- Most Impressive Large Machine
- Most Impressive Small (Tabletop) Machine
- People’s Choice
Finally, check out these sources for inspiration, ideas, and examples: