NEW! Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Video Challenge
April 17 update – Join the Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Video Challenge at home! While the original challenge has been canceled, we encourage students of all ages and their families to showcase their invention skills by joining the free, national Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Video Challenge.
Build a Rube Goldberg Machine in 10-20 steps to drop a bar of soap into someone’s hands. Three winning teams will be selected for a Rube prize packet. Watch Jennifer George, granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, describe the challenge.
Learn more at RubeGoldberg.com.
We want to thank the students, teachers and volunteers for all of your hard work and support of this program. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming the event next spring!
CANCELED – 2020 CHALLENGE: Mark and Cast an Election Ballot
HCLS and HCPSS
Rube Goldberg: Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author
4th and 5th grade Howard County students and Scout troops
Transform everyday items into a wacky innovative machine
Make it complicated, complex and convoluted
Incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts to create the design
and build the machine using only simple materials
Important Dates – CANCELED
- Advisor Information Meeting: October 30, 4 – 5:30 pm, Howard County Public School System
- Registration opens: October 31, 2019
- Registration deadline: December 20, 2020
- Projects due: between April 20 – 24, 2020
- Community Favorite Award voting begins May 4 – 8, 2020
- Celebration and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6 pm at Hammond High School (8800 Guilford Rd., Columbia, MD 21046). Teams should arrive at 5:30 pm.
Rube Goldberg Awards (Only one award per team will be granted)
First, second, and third place awards in each category — (total of 18 awards)
- Most Green – The winning entry will utilize the most variety and/or number of everyday recycled materials and items, based on a master list included in the documentation of recyclable materials based on Howard County’s Recycling Guide for County Collections.
- Most Scientific – The winning entry will most effectively communicate in writing how their simple machines function and connect to STEM. (increased to 600 word limit to allow for more detail in essay)
- Most Surprising – The winning entry will demonstrate the witty use of non-traditional items sequenced to incorporate the element of surprise and/or include an entertaining action (not performance). Surprise could be for the team themselves, and/or for the viewers
- Most Complex – The winning entry will incorporate a minimum of eight steps and be judged on the complexity of the design (e.g., number of steps, variety of machines).
- Most Complicated System – The winning entry will incorporate a complicated, interconnected use of simple machines within their machine system (e.g. travel upwards, travel backwards, not only using gravity as the force necessary for movement).
Community Favorite Award :
To recognize the hard work of all students who created machines and submitted videos, a Community Favorite Award is given based on popular vote. Watch last year’s students’ videos at hclibrary.org/rubegoldbergvideo. The entry that receives the most votes receives the award. Only one award per team will be granted.
Winning teams will be awarded trophies and certificates.
Celebration and Awards Ceremony
All participants and their families are invited to attend the celebration and awards ceremony event.
Each team will receive a tri-fold display board to display information about their Rube Goldberg Machine. Teams will have the opportunity to display their boards, discuss how they made their machines, and discuss what they learned prior to the awards ceremony.
Hammond High School
TUESDAY, MAY 12
5:30 pm: Display boards in the cafeteria
6 pm: Awards ceremony in the auditorium
Rube Goldberg Challenge – Student Information – Student Information (.ppt)
Pulley – Word Find
Inclined Plane and Simple Machine – Forces Review
Introducing Rube Goldberg Lesson
Forces and Simple Machines
Simple Machines Song
Simple Machines Exploration Lesson Plan