The 1st Annual BYO Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

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: