Technion School Challenge

“The Earth is in our Hands”

Technion Earth Day 2017 – Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, one of the leading institutes of science and engineering in the world, invites you to build your own Rube Goldberg Machine and show the world what our planet earth means to you.

About the Contest

The Technion invites teams of high school students (9-12) from schools around the world to create Earth Day themed Rube Goldberg machines.  This challenge will encourage students to use out-of-the-box problem solving and teamwork to build a multi-step, chain reaction machine, and creatively incorporate Earth themed elements and texts into their entry.  The deadline for entries is March 15th, 2017.


A panel of judges representing the Technion will select the winners based on their creative rendition of “The Earth is in our Hands” slogan and Earth Day theme as a Rube Goldberg Machine. Winners will be selected using the judging criteria included below.

Recognition and Prizes

Winning schools will be awarded the following prizes:

First place prize – One-year full scholarship for the winning team towards studying at the Technion.

* Students must be accepted

Second place prize – A 3D printer for the winning school

Third place prize – An Arduino set

Winning videos will be shared on Technion’s social media.

Most Popular Clip

Most popular videos will also win a prize. Videos will be posted on our social media.

Prize for most popular video *One-year full scholarship for the winning team towards studying at the Technion.

*Students must be accepted.

Winning videos will be shared on Technion’s social media.

Click here to watch an example clip of an Earth Day machine created by Technion students, as well as message from the President!

Click here to watch tips on building a Rube Goldberg Machine by Prof. Alon Wolf from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

Rules and Guidelines:


A team consists of at least three students enrolled in the same day school.  Students can be in different grades, however the team must be all high school students (grades 9-12).  A teacher can serve as an advisor to the project, but all decision making and building should be done by the students.  Students can either work on the machine at school or at home.

Machine goal

The final step of the machine must reveal a theme of Earth Day.  Here is an explanation of the key terms:

Mechanical: The machine is a Rube Goldberg Machine and should be composed of every-day, recyclable materials.

 Environmental: The concept of this machine is Earth related. Anything to do with nature, recycling, and other themes of Earth Day.

 Minimum/Maximum Steps and Earth Day Elements

Steps: 10-50
Earth Day Items: 3-20


STEP: A transfer of energy from one action to the next action.  Identical transfers of energy in succession (e.g. 20 dominoes) are considered one step.

Examples of Steps:

  • Falling dominoes hit a marble
  • Marble rolls down track triggering a mousetrap at the bottom.
  • Mousetrap snaps and pulls a string tied to it

INTERVENTION:  Any action/touch done by a person to help the machine continue to operate after the machine has begun its run.

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Registration Deadline: February 1, 2017

Registration for Technion School Challenge