Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Unusual — The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest brings the ideas of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Rube Goldberg’s “Invention” cartoons to life:

Rube Goldberg drew his “Inventions” as contraptions that satirized the new technology and gadgets of the day. His drawings, using simple machines and household items already in use, were incredibly complex and wacky, but somehow (perhaps it was because Rube was a graduate engineer) the “Inventions” always had an ingenious, logical progression as they worked to finish their task.