Mini-Rube Machine Specifications

Our DeSTEMber Challenge is a variation of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest that is held each year. Our goal is to get our kids excited about making and to gain the benefits from problem solving and working in teams.

Teams are encouraged to utilize simple resources with minimal investment. Projects can be constructed at home or they may be constructed at school during designated times and approved locations.

Do your research. Rube Goldberg based his work on humor and typically told a story of some kind. This is part of the challenge, get creative and remember we are in the holiday season!

Simple task, Simple Resources!

Your machine must complete the official task (Raise a Flag) without influence or interference from any team member - Required

Number of Steps - Your machine must complete a minimum of 10 steps (transitions) there is no maximum step limitation. Can you create at least 10 seconds...20 seconds of continuous action? Challenge yourselves!

Machine Introduction and Walkthrough - video explaining your machine, steps and the theme or story you are telling as you successfully complete the task of raising your flag. - Required

This is the project you will turn in for judging. It should be no longer than 3 minutes long. This is an opportunity for you to add any extra information or challenges your team overcame, and is an opportunity to add creativity. It is not required to add in bloopers, but they are fun to see!

Submissions must be submitted by the deadline, Wednesday, December 14th, 11 pm into our Google Classroom: Code: mceskbu

All machine displays and themes must be school appropriate.

Keep everybody safe!

Top projects will be shown at our DeSTEMber assembly, the morning of December 16th.

Be sure to review the links below for all the details.

Good Luck!


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