Love Rube Goldberg Machines? Register for the Philly Contraption Contest


We are pleased to announce the 2019 Philly Contraption Contest. Middle school and high school students from the Philly area will compete to build the best Rube Goldberg machine that accomplishes an assigned task. And the task for the Philly Contraption Contest is: play a musical instrument.

The 2019 Philly Contraption Contest will take place on Saturday, March 30 at Overbrook Presbyterian Church at 6376 City Avenue in Philadelphia. Student teams will begin setting up their Rube Goldberg machines at 8 a.m., judging begins at 10 a.m., and then the public is welcome to come watch the Rube Goldberg machines in action from noon until 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors The Kopelman Foundation and The Abstract Company. (Want to sponsor? Email us!)

We just announced the 2019 Philly Contraption Contest on Saturday, and we already have some teams registered. Space is limited, so if you want to participate, you’ve got to register soon. You can click here to do that now.

The 2019 Philly Contraption Contest is open to all middle school and high school students in the Philadelphia area. You don’t have to sign up as a school. You can also sign up as a scouts troop, a church youth group, a homeschooling network, or a neighborhood team.

Each team must have at least three student members and no more than twelve students members active with the Rube Goldberg machine on the day of the event. Your team must also have a parent or teacher advisor, aka an adult, but on the day of the event, only one adult can help set up the machine.

Got questions? Check out our website and be sure to visit the Rules and the FAQ sections. Or shoot us an email at

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