2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest

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

The 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest was a STEAM competition where students from grades 3-12 competed with machines that they have imagined, designed in Minecraft Education Edition, and created in a fun and competitive forum.

The competitions encouraged teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. We provided instruction for teams on how to create machines using Minecraft (see the videos below). 

Best of all, this year’s Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with Minecraft Education Edition was FREE for all teams!



Congratulations to our 2021 RGMC Big Build Challenge Winners! 

This year, we joined the Rube Goldberg Foundation and InsideParticipate in hosting the 2021 NASEF Rube Goldberg Machine Contest + Minecraft Big Build Challenge Awards! Tune into our video-on demand on our YouTube channel to see some of the best and most wacky physical and digital Rube Goldberg machines in the world

Watch our winning 2021 RGMC Big Builds on our Flipgrid page

Junior Division

  • 1st Place: Capital C from Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
  • 2nd Place: Team 3.3 from Miami, Florida, United States
  • 3rd Place (tie): Team Spark in Coral Springs, Florida, United States
  • 3rd Place (tie): Team Minecraft's Peoples in Weston, Florida, United States

Senior Division

  • 1st Place: Natural Selection from Flemington, New Jersey, United States
  • 2nd Place: The Legendary Potatoessss from Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
  • 3rd Place (tie): GM Hornets Team 10 from Great Mills, Maryland, United States
  • 3rd Place (tie): Tricky Life from Pöcking, Germany

@Home Division

  • 1st Place: Redstone Revolutionary from Prairie Grove, Arkansas, United States

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

In preparation for the 2021 Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Minecraft Contest finals, NASEF hosted the RGMC Preseason mini-challenges, teaching teams how to create the six simple machines in Minecraft. These mini challenges were opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability to collaboratively build the simple machines in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Minecraft worlds.

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 

 

Thank you to all who participated in Challenge 3: Screw!

Submissions were accepted from 10/14-10/23 and is now closed.

Congratulations to our raffle winners:

Team: Archi Owls | Florida | Junior Division | 8 Member | See their video

Team: BAB | Arkansas | Junior Division | 3 Members | See their video

Team: Cookie Trash | Florida | Junior Division | 3 Members | See their video

Team: Redstone Engineers | Arkansas | @Home | 1 Members | See their video

Team: Red Stone Raiders | Florida | Senior Division | 4 Members | See their video 

 

Thank you to all who participated in Challenge 4: Wedge!

Submissions were accepted from 10/28-11/6 and is now closed.

Congratulations to our raffle winners:

Team: Butter Toe Nerds | Washington | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Archi Alpha Blockmasters | Florida | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Some People | Arkansas | Junior Division | 2 Members | See their video

Team: The Shoeless Ones | Florida | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Block Bashers | Georgia | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video 

Thank you to all who participated in Challenge 5: Wheel & Axle!

Submissions were accepted from 11/11-11/27 and is now closed.

Congratulations to our raffle winners:

Team: Stardust Miners | Florida | Senior Division | 3 Members | See their video

Team: Block Bashers | Georgia | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Cool Gamers with a Z | Arkansas | Junior Division | 3 Members | See their video

Team: Imposter E. D. | Florida | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Team: Archi Alpha Blockmasters | Florida | Junior Division | 4 Members | See their video

Thank you to all who participated in Challenge 6: Lever!

Submissions were accepted from 12/2-12/11 and is now closed.

Congratulations to our raffle winners:

Team: The Incredible 2 | Florida | Junior Division | 2 Members | See their video

Team: WPE Redstone Geckos | Florida | Junior Division | 3 Members | See their video

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

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

Team: PioneersIII | Texas | Junior Division | 3 Members | See their video



How to Videos

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HOW TO CREATE INCLINE PLANE IN MINECRAFT

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HOW TO CREATE PULLEYS IN MINECRAFT

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HOW TO CREATE SCREWS IN MINECRAFT

HOW TO CREATE WEDGES IN MINECRAFT

HOW TO CREATE WEDGES IN MINECRAFT

HOW TO CREATE WHEEL & AXLES IN MINECRAFT

HOW TO CREATE WHEEL & AXLES IN MINECRAFT

HOW TO CREATE LEVERS IN MINECRAFT

HOW TO CREATE LEVERS IN MINECRAFT