rube goldberg, simple machines, maker, steam festWhat is a Rube Goldberg Machine!?

Rube Goldberg (1884-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist.  He was most famous for his wild and wacky chain reaction machines. If you’re not familiar with Rube Goldberg’s cartoons, go to the “Gallery” section of You can also find a complete biography for Rube at that site.

A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a “machine” which, through a series of complicated (and hopefully really funny) steps, accomplishes a simple task.  A Rube Goldberg machine uses everyday items (mostly junk!), typically tells a story and, most important of all, they make you LAUGH.  Here’s an awesome video that shows you an example of a fantastical Rube Goldberg Machine!

Millions of makers, nerds and geeks make Rube Goldberg Machines. They can’t help themselves! The great news is that while they’re having fun creating wildly complex solutions to simple, everyday tasks they also happen to be incorporating elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (with Art and design thrown into the mix!). A community RGM has the added benefit of getting wonderful DIYers to work together as a team to build a great Machine. Then when they complete their machine, they get to link up to other team’s machines – creating a massive, and massively connected string of incredible events!Rube goldberg, challenge, steam fest

The Rube Goldberg Community Challenge

The first annual Rube Goldberg Community Challenge will be taking place December 2017. Stay tuned for more information.

Maker Bolder has created a five-week curriculum that is free to any school, teacher, camp provider, family or team that wants to create a machine.  You can find the Community Rube Goldberg Guidelines. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at:

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RubeGoldberg Curriculum

RubeGoldberg Workbook

You must sign up for the Community Challenge by completing the form below in order to ensure your space at the Community Rube Goldberg Challenge.  Be sure to hit the “Submit” button at the bottom of the form.