Are you looking for 'the Purdue Rube Goldberg Team'? You're probably thinking of us! Purdue University has several Rube Goldberg Machine teams; our team specifically has won the national title many times in our history, most recently in 2019. We were also featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2014 and set the World Record for longest Rube Goldberg Machine in 2012.

Watch the 2021 Purdue National Chain Reaction Competition Livestream at 2pm ET, Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EbAqDBKy7Y

Shoutout to the Purdue Engineering Student Council for making it possible for us to showcase our machine this year!

Task

This year's task is to wrap a present.

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History

In the spring of 1998, freshman engineer Shawn Jordan approached the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers with a proposal: starting a new Rube Goldberg team on Purdue's campus. With the help of then-president Karen Davis, a new group began designing and building a machine under the original name, PSPE Rube Goldberg Machine Team. The first machines were built with nearly no budget, meaning that cardboard, duct tape, and job fair give-a-ways were the primary components. The temporary nature of these materials made reliability a challenge for the dedicated group of individuals, whose creativity shined through in the machines they took to competition. Since then the competition has taken different forms, but when it moved back to its original home at Purdue in 2019, now called the Purdue National Chain Reaction Competition, the team revised their name to match.

Team

Our 2018-2019 team (pictured above) was made up of a wide variety of dedicated individuals who put in countless hours to build an amazing machine.

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Our Machine

Our 2021 machine is currently under construction! Last year's machine (2020), followed an inventor as he travels on the Oregon Trail on his way to a fair to show off his newest invention - the doorbell. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, we were not able to complete this machine, but you can still see our video of the partial machine.

See the Video

Meet the Team

Are you involved with an elementary school class, club, scout troop, or similar organization who want to learn about what we do? We love talking to kids about Rube Goldberg, our team, and STEM! Check out our outreach page for details.

Support the Team

Want to help us build our next machine? Check out our Donate page to see how you or your business can help!

We can't do what we do without you!

PSPE

Want to learn more about our parent organization, the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers?

PSPE Website

General Inquiries

Have a question or request? Find us on social media or feel free to reach us at any of the contacts below.

We always love to hear from our fans!