Call for Teams for 2014 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Engine will host a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest featuring both high school and college teams from the region. The challenge for the 2014 contest is to “Zip a Zipper.” The college contest will take place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and the high school competition will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author known for illustrating crazy machines that involved an elaborate set of arms, wheels, gears, handles, cups and rods, put in motion by balls, canary cages, pails, boots, bathtubs, paddles and live animals – in other words, a machine that takes a simple task and makes it extraordinarily complicated.

Some examples of Rube Goldberg machines can be seen here.

“Engine’s interest is to bring engaging design-thinking activities to the community that foster collaboration and creative problem-solving,” says Tammy Ackerman, Executive Director of Engine. “We’re hoping for lots of teams, both high school and college, to participate and to make this an annual event.”

Registration is a two-part process (sorry!). The fee is a total of $200. $150 goes to the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest and $50 to Engine.

To register your team with the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest organization
• Visit and look for the REGISTER NOW link on the left-hand side of the main page.
• Arrange for payment of the $150 fee online

Register with Engine:
• Visit
• Pay online or send a check to: Engine, PO Box 1681, Biddeford, Maine 04005

For more information, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either or 207-370-9130.