2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest

Build a digital Rube Goldberg Machine in Minecraft Education that completes a simple task in the most fun and overly complicated way possible. In the creative environment of Minecraft, first learn how to create working simple machines in bi-weekly tutorials, then string those simple machines together to create a wacky chain-reaction contraption to compete in the first ever digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.  Rube Goldberg Machine Contests inspire communication, problem-solving and teamwork while honing skills like math, physics and chemistry. What separates a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest from other chain reaction competitions is artistry, storytelling, and a sense of humor.

What is the NASEF 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest?

The 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest is a STEAM competition where students from grades 3-12 compete with machines that they have imagined, designed in Minecraft Education Edition, and created in a fun and competitive forum. The competitions encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. Best of all, this year’s Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with Minecraft Education Edition is FREE for all teams!

What’s new with the NASEF 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest?

In preparation for the 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest finals, NASEF will host a Preseason that will provide teams opportunities to create six mini-building challenges this fall, one for each simple machine. These mini challenges will be opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability to collaboratively build the simple machines in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Minecraft worlds. Winners will be chosen by raffle. NASEF will also host its Beyond the Game Challenges for students to compete in a variety of areas, such as cartooning, graphic design, social media, storytelling, engineering and more. If you or your team is new to Minecraft, NASEF will also offer free coaching from its partners at Connected Camps!



Timeline

  • Registration opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • Preseason: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Wednesday, December 11, 2020
  • Finals challenge announcement: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
  • Rosters/Registration closes: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 @ 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm GMT (UTC)
  • Final submission: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm GMT (UTC)
  • Finals Announcement Stream: Saturday, April 10, 2021 @ To Be Announced

Contest Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest, all team members must meet the basic requirements:

  • Complete registration at the NASEF website. The registration form must be completed by an Adult Sponsor (educator, parent or guardian). The Adult Sponsor will be responsible for the registration of the entire Team.
  • Each team member must be between 8-18 years old at the time of registration for the Junior and Senior Divisions. For the @Home Division, all ages are permitted, including adults with children.
  • Teams must have a minimum of two members. Teams with less than two members are not eligible to compete based on the requirements of the Contest.
  • Each team member must reside in the same country to register and compete together.
  • Each team member must read and agree to the Team Guide.
  • Throughout the competition:
    • Must be your own original work.
    • Must not contain any content that is obscene or offensive.
  • Each team member must have parent approval in order to be eligible to compete for their team.

Team Requirements

Teams will be required to have at least two and no more than four eligible Players on its roster.


Divisions

  • Junior Division: 8-13 years
  • Senior Division: 13-18 years
  • @Home Division: All ages (adults can register as part of the team)

Registration Process

An Adult Sponsor can be an educator, parent or guardian, coach, etc. They must be older than 18 years of age at the time of registration. All Team members must have a completed parent consent form in order to compete.

Refer to our Team Guide for more information.

Register Your Team


Awards

For each of the six preseason challenges, five teams will win 10 HyperX headsets for their classroom/program/family and their video will be showcased on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media. Winners will be selected through a random drawing.

Each Team will receive:

  • (1) $500 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent at relevant online retailer)
  • (1) 30 minute mentoring session with a Minecraft Expert
  • (1) Team admission for 2022 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest 
  • Individual official 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest certificates
  • Showcased on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media

Each Team will receive:

  • (1) $250 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent at relevant online retailer)
  • (1) 30 minute mentoring session with a Minecraft Expert
  • Individual official 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest certificates
  • Showcased on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media

Each Team will receive:

  • (1) $100 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent at relevant online retailer)
  • (1) Mentoring session with a Minecraft Expert
  • Individual official 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest certificates
  • Showcased on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media

Each Team will receive:

  • Individual official 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest certificates
  • Showcased on the North America Scholastic Esports Federation website and social media

Preseason

Create six mini-building challenges with your Team! These mini challenges will be provide opportunities for teams to demonstrate their ability to collaboratively build the simple machines in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Minecraft worlds. Winners will be selected by raffle.

How to Participate in Preseason

All teams are encouraged to participate in our Preseason! Here are our key steps:

  • Register your Team
  • Join us for live stream or view our playback.
  • Review the design challenge requirements.
  • Design your simple machine.
  • Create your video and submit via our Flipgrid (you will be sent our link when you register).

Thank you to all who participated in Challenge 1: Incline Plane!

Submissions were accepted from 9/16-9/25 and is now closed.

Congratulations to our raffle winners:

Team: Lemon Men | Ohio | Senior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: The Pistons | New Jersey | Junior Division | 5 Members | See their video

Team: Sushi Bread | Arkansas | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Team Spark | Florida | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: ABWCS | Florida | Senior Division | 4 Members | See their video 

To view all video submissions.

Thank you to all who participated in Challenge 2: Pulley!

Submissions were accepted from 9/30-10/9 and is now closed.

Congratulations to our raffle winners:

Team: The Avas | New Jersey | Junior Division | 1 Member | See their video

Team: EGES JEL | Florida | Senior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Bad Dawgs | Missouri | Senior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Panther Engineering 2 | Florida | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Sis | Missouri | Junior Division | 2 Members | See their video 

 

Friday, October 23, 2020: Design Challenge: Screw

  • Due @ 5:00pm PT | 6:00pm MT | 7:00pm CT | 8:00pm ET | 3:00am GMT (UTC) on our Flipgrid.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020: Learn how to create machine wedge in Minecraft Stream 

Friday, November 6, 2020: Design Challenge: Machine Wedge 

  • Due @ 5:00pm PT | 6:00pm MT | 7:00pm CT | 8:00pm ET | 3:00am GMT (UTC) on our Flipgrid.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Learn how to create machine wheel & axle in Minecraft Stream

Friday, November 27, 2020: Design Challenge: Machine Wheel & Axle 

  • Due @ 5:00pm PT | 6:00pm MT | 7:00pm CT | 8:00pm ET | 3:00am GMT (UTC) on our Flipgrid.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020: Learn how to create machine lever in Minecraft Stream

Friday, December 11, 2020 Design Challenge: Machine Lever 

  • Due on @ 5:00pm PT | 6:00pm MT | 7:00pm CT | 8:00pm ET | 3:00am GMT (UTC)  on our Flipgrid.

How to Videos

HOW TO CREATE SCREWS IN MINECRAFT

HOW TO CREATE SCREWS IN MINECRAFT

How to Create Incline Planes in Minecraft

How to Create Incline Planes in Minecraft

How to Create Pulleys in Minecraft

How to Create Pulleys in Minecraft