NASEF & Rube Goldberg/Unreal Engine 10-Pin Challenge

NASEF is excited to present a Beyond the Game™ Development Challenge! Create, record and submit a video of your Unreal Engine Rube Goldberg Machine accomplishing this year's task to KNOCK OVER 10 BOWLING PINS. 

The Rube Goldberg Institute, in partnership with Unreal Engine, announces the Rube Goldberg/Unreal Engine 10-pin challenge - a new interactive 3D competition that challenges student’s creative abilities and teaches them valuable team-building skills.

A Rube Goldberg machine is a chain reaction-type of contraption designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. The competition is simple: Knock over 10 bowling pins. Each submission must include: 12 transfers of motion; use each of the 6 (six) simple machines at least once; and finally knock over the bowling pins. Teams should have at least 4 team members and a mentor.

To help students begin their journey we’ve created The build a virtual Rube Goldberg Machine in Unreal Engine Learning Kit complete with lesson plans, project files and a student guide. In addition to the learning kit, we will be hosting a series of live sessions to guide competition participants and mentors through each of the learning activities in support of their quest to create a simple Rube Goldberg machine

Previous Livestreams

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Timeline of Events


September 7, 2023


September 13, 20, 27
October 11, 18, 25
November 1

Challenge Due

December 4, 2023

Awards Stream

December 6, 2023

*All livestreams will be live at 3:00pm PT | 4:00pm MT | 5:00pm CT | 6:00pm ET