The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is a creative and competitive event that requires teams to build a machine that performs a simple task in a complex way, using a series of chain reactions. The contest is named after Rube Goldberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist known for his illustrations of complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks.

2024 National Contest 

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge will partner with Wonderland Education, the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, and the Purdue Engineering Student Council to co-host national events in West Lafayette, marking a legacy of innovation and creativity in an exciting new chapter.

Where: Purdue Armory, 812 3rd Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907

When: April 6th, 10 am to 5 pm


Silver Sponsors

1. City of West Lafayette

2. School of Mechanical Engineering | Purdue University 

Bronze Sponsors

1. Wabash National 

2. Caterpillar 

3. Kokosing 

4. Barash Law 

5. Evonik 

6. PESC | Purdue Engineering Student Council 

7. College of Liberal Arts | Purdue University 

9. School of Nursing | Purdue University 

10. Zach's Contraptions 

11. Pediatric Dentistry West

12. Allure Dental

13. Duke Energy

Wabash national

Zach's Contraptions



IU health


Duke Energy


Purdue Nursing


Barash Law

Pediatric Dentistry West

Collegiate 2024 Official Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Rulebook.pdf