High School Design Competition

What is it?

The High School Design Competition (HSDC) at EOH is great way to get exposure to engineering principles such as design, testing, and redesigning, as well as teamwork, and communication skills. The contest is for teams of up to 12 high school students to build a Rube Goldberg Machine which will then be judged against other high school teams from across the state. The team of students that wins the contest gets the chance to compete against teams from across the nation in the finals in Wisconsin.

What is a Rube Goldberg machine?

A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine that completes a simple task in the most complicated way possible. It is very similar to the board game mousetrap, and they are very enjoyable to construct and watch. The teams compete by performing runs of their machine in front of the judges. The winning machine consistently completes the task with the most hilarious, intricate, and outrageous steps. This year’s task is to “Zip a Zipper.”

When/Where is it?

Friday, March 14th, 2014 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Located in the first floor Illini Union Ballrooms. Free admission: Everyone is welcome to watch!

Who can compete?

Any team of up to 12 high school students can compete. We will accept the first 30 teams to register.

How can I register?

Go to http://www.rubegoldberg.com/Contest and click the red “register now” button in the top left corner. The registration fee is $100 per team. The deadline to register is February 15, 2014.

What are the rules?

Click here for the full set of contest rules. More information can be found at Rube Goldberg Official Website.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to Alexander Trick at (eoh-hsdc@ec.illinois.edu).