Last year, kids from around the Philadelphia region competed to see who could build the best Rube Goldberg machine that erased a chalkboard. This time, we’re going to see who can build a Rube Goldberg machine that waters a plant.
Registration is now open for the Philly Contraption Contest, which will be held at Friends Central on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Philly Contraption Contest is open to all elementary school, middle school, and high school children from the Philadelphia area.
The Philly Contraption Contest was formerly known as the Philadelphia Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. New name. Same awesome premise: Kids use principles of math, physics, engineering, and, of course, teamwork to build an absurdly inefficient machine to accomplish the task. (If you’re unfamiliar with Rube Goldberg machines, check out this handy guide.)
Space is limited, so you must register in advance. Before registering, be sure to read the Philly Contraption Contest rules and FAQ (which also explains why this is no longer called the Philadelphia Rube Goldberg Machine Contest) thoroughly so that you know what you’re getting yourself into. Last year, we had several teams sign up before they realized that building a Rube Goldberg machine is no weekend task.
Meanwhile, you can entertain yourself with these videos of kids and their plant-watering Rube Goldberg machines: