The Task for the Philly Contraption Contest Is: Play an Instrument

Philly Contraption Contest


After much debate, we are very pleased to announce the task for the 2018 Philly Contraption Contest: Play a musical instrument.

Naturally, this task might invite a lot of questions. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be a very good task for a Rube Goldberg machine contest.

We refer you to our FAQ for answers. But basically, your Rube Goldberg machine can play whatever instrument you want. It can play a single note, a chord or a whole song.

The Rube Goldberg machine should accomplish the task in as many steps as you can possibly muster, with a minimum of 20 steps for Division I teams (grades 9 to 12) and a minimum of 10 steps for Division II (grades 4 to 8).

The 2018 Philly Contraption Contest will be held at Regina Angelorum Academy in Ardmore on Saturday, April 14th. Teams will arrive by 8 a.m. The event will open to the public at 11 a.m.

It’s free to participate in the Philly Contraption Contest. The contest is open to school students in the greater Philadelphia region. Teams do not need to come from schools. Teams for the Philly Contraption Contest can also be formed in homeschooling groups, Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts organizations, or church youth groups, for instance. Limited slots are available and space is filling up quickly, so be sure to register soon if you haven’t already.

It’s also free to attend the Philly Contraption Contest. Come check out the machines from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Concessions will be available, and there is plenty of parking.

As usual, we’ll have great prizes, including $500 for first prize, $250 for second prize, and $100 for third prize in each division (see the rules for more specifics on how the monetary prizes are awarded), in addition to other fun prizes.

The Philly Contraption Contest was formerly known as the Philadelphia Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. For more information on why we’re no longer associated with Rube Goldberg Inc., see the FAQ.

Special thanks to our 2018 sponsors The Kopelman Foundation and The Abstract Company for making The Philly Contraption Contest possible. If you’re interested in sponsoring, please get in touch.

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