Rube Goldberg Machine Contest


Welcome to the registration page for the 1st Annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest hosted by Theta Tau!

WHEN: March 1st, 2014

WHERE: Zachry Building Lobby (ZACH)

Each team may consist of 4-6 team members. The registration fee for each participant is $10. This fee includes a free tshirt and lunch and dinner on the day of the event for each team member. All materials will be provided to all teams and all construction will occur on the day of the event. Prizes will be given to the winning teams!


Participant Release Form


What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?

Check out this awesome video of a Rube Goldberg Machine to find out!


History of Rube Goldberg

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest originated at Purdue University in 1949 as a competition between Theta Tau and Triangle fraternities, and it was held annually until 1956. Phi Chapter revived the contest in 1983 as a competition open to all Purdue students. In 1989, the Theta Tau Rube Machine Contest became a national competition held at Purdue University in March each year with participation by winning entries from local competitions sponsored by Theta Tau Chapters across the nation. The national contest has gained much coverage by the press and television media. Past winners of the contest have made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Sponsor Rube Goldberg

CLICK HERE to sponsor or donate to Rube Goldberg hosted by Theta Tau! 

Sponsorship Package benefits for this event can be found HERE.


For more information regarding Theta Tau's Rube Goldberg Competition, please contact Lauren Phillips at

For more information regarding sponsoring Theta Tau Rube Goldberg, please contact Nick Morand at


Sponsored By:

Kinder Morgan





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