Rube Goldberg Machines Descend on Philadelphia Next Weekend

Logistics, Philly Contraption Contest

When you want to water a houseplant, you probably get out a watering can or spray bottle. But that’s far too simple for the kids participating in the Philly Contraption Contest.

Dozens of elementary, middle and high school students from the Philadelphia region have been hard at work for the last few months building Rube Goldberg machines that water a plant.

The idea is to build a Rube Goldberg machine that utilizes household objects, recycled materials, simple machines, and whatever else they can dream up to water a plant in as many steps as possible. The more absurd and complex the better.

The Philly Contraption Contest is free and open to the public on Saturday, March 18th beginning at 11 a.m. at Regina Angelorum Academy at 105 Argyle Road in Ardmore. There will be a 2 p.m. awards ceremony, and food concessions will be available.

Prizes include cash — thanks to our generous sponsor The Kopelman Foundation — and other fun stuff like gift cards from Philly-based retailer Five Below.

If all of this sounds a little familiar to you, it’s because the Philly Contraption Contest used to be known as the Philadelphia Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, but we had to change the name for reasons described in this article. We’re excited to get a new start as the Philly Contraption Contest!

Please come out to support the kids for all their hard work and to see their machines in action. If you’ve never seen a Rube Goldberg machine face-to-face, you’re in for a treat.

The Philly Contraption Contest
Saturday, March 18th, beginning at 11 a.m.
Regina Angelorum Academy
105 Argyle Road, Ardmore, PA
* Free and open to the public *




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