Rube Goldberg Machine Design Challenge

Combine your creativity, mad genius, and maniacal machine dreams into a Blonkers worthy contraption. Blonkers is perfect for groups that want to flex their intellect and show off their building skills. No experience or technical knowledge necessary! The video above is the perfect mad genius example of a Rube Goldberg machine. We’ll be aiming… ahem.. a little lower.


Invent and build an entirely too complicated machine or contraption to perform the simple task of turning on a light bulb. The light bulb is activated by contacting the big red button. You can think of your creation as a chain reaction where the last step is hitting the button and hopefully turning on our Blonkers light.  Also known as a Rube Goldberg machine.


Teams will have a basic starting set of building supplies and tools. There will be a Supply Store and a Cutting Station available to all teams. The Supply Store is filled with bits and bobs, knicks and knacks, cardboard, string, marbles,  and all manner of tchotchkes perfect for building something amazing. The challenge is broken into 3 sessions:

Earn Phase – Your first task will be to compete in a quick-fire round of brain challenges to earn Blonkers cash. Cash can be redeemed for good stuff in our supply store.

Build Phase – This is where the magic happens. Your team will cut, clip, hammer, bend, twist, fabricate, mix, mash and rig their creations during this time. You’ll need to pay attention to the project requirements if you want to maximize your points.

Test/Final Phase – Will your machine fit the criteria and complete the final task of turning on our Blonkers Bulb?

Team Benefits

This activity perfectly illustrates how anyone can be creative and innovative. Innovation is the future of business, increase yours today.


Professional Emcee, Onsite Coordinator, Event Staff, Team Bandanas, Medals For The Winning Team, PA System (if necessary), Set-Up/Teardown, Photos Of The Day, Group Photo, Build Tools, Blonkers Light And Fun.

Suggested Time Frame: 2.5-3 hours

Location(s): Anywhere we can set-up tables

Investment: Starts at $2750, dependent on group size.  Inquire below for a custom quote!

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