Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Southeastern Ohio Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Warren High School, Vincent Ohio, 45784
Our First Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is Over and I want to extend a Hearty Thank You to everyone that made it a success. We have one under our belt, and next year will be even better.
Winner: Minervia Ohio: Team SWAG Theme: Circus
Runner Up: Warren HS: Team Honey Badger
Team SWAG Goes on to The National Competition
A VERY Close Competition. The Tie went to the Team with the Highest Rube Goldberg Style Points.
General Information From the 2012 Event
Any High School Team From Anywhere Can Compete--We're not picky like that. All Teams Must Have an Adult Coach With Them at the Competition. The Winner will Qualify to go to the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest to be Held at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI on Saturday, March 17, 2012
Event Particulars, as they stand now:
- Competition Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012
- Registration Deadline for our competition is Jan 15, 2012 (After this date, email me.)
- Location: Warren High School, 130 Warrior Drive, Vincent Ohio 45784
- Event to be held in Building 1: Cafeteria and Surrounds.
- Food and Snacks will be available for purchase.
Doors open at 8:30am for set up
Orientation at 10 am
Machine Judging to start at 10:30am
Lawrence King, Physical Science Teacher
Teams That Can Compete: 12
Members on a team: up to, and sometimes over 12
Time for Lunch is usually 12
48 divided by 4 = 12
Number that I appear to be fixated upon: 12
To Participate in our Rube Goldberg Machine Competition
From the 2012 Contest
Probably the same for next year
Partial List of Machine Specs--To give you a feel of what’s in store with this build.
Download Official Rule Book at http://www.rubegoldberg.com/?page=contest_rules
- The machine must complete the task as described in the challenge.
- The machine must be no larger than 6 ft. x 6 ft. x 6 ft.
- The machine must have a minimum of twenty (20) steps. There is no maximum number of steps.
- A step in the machine should be considered a transfer in energy from one action to another action. Identical transfers of energy in secession should be considered one step.
- The machine must run for no more than two (2) minutes per run.
- Teams will have three (3) minutes before the first run to explain their machine.
- The machine will have a minimum twenty (20) minute reset time.
- Only two (2) team members may interact with the machine once the contest has begun. This includes resetting the machine.
- Machines may display corporate logos or names from team sponsors. No other corporate logos may be displayed without written permission from the logo owner. All responsibility for copyright permission rests with the team.
- No animals may be used in the machine.
- The machine must not imply profane, indecent or lewd expressions.
- Any loose or flying objects must remain within the set boundaries of the machine. This includes, but is not limited to, drops of water, slivers of balloon, and other “small” objects. Steam and other gasses are exempt from this rule.
- The machine may utilize one (1) air compressor hose and one (1) power cord. No other cords may be run to or from the machine; however there is no limit to the number of hoses and cords utilized within the space of the machine.
- No flames may be used on or within the machine. Electrical arcing may be used upon approval of the Contest Site Chairman.
- Machines must be safe and not harm team members, judges, the audience, or equipment outside the bounds of the machines. No hazardous materials, explosives or flames may be used on or within the machine. Questions about the safety of specific steps (e.g., electrical arcing) should be directed to the contest site Chairman.
- The machine must be safe to the satisfaction of the RGMC officials. The contest Chairman must approve any questionable items prior to competition.
- Any destructive action against another machine is grounds for disqualification.