Rube Goldberg Challenge

Your Challenge is to Build a
Rube Goldberg Machine with a Halloween Twist

Let’s get started! Your Halloween themed Rube Goldberg Machine must do something at the end. This could be to turn off a light, put candy in a cauldron, make a scary noise. Surprise us with something spooky! 

Who Was Rube Goldberg?

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. Fun Fact! Rube Goldberg was also an engineer and inventor combining STEM + Art or STEAM. Learn more at

What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?

A Rube Goldberg Machine is an overly complicated contraption or series of contraptions designed to perform a simple task. Often Rube Goldberg Machines are described as a chain reaction and include simple machines. Rube Goldberg Machines are fun and funny…a great combination!

What is a Rube Goldberg Challenge?

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest started at Purdue University in 1949 as a competition between fraternities. Rube Goldberg Challenges and Competitions are held for all ages around the world. It’s a great family activity! More at

Rube Goldberg Challenge
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