Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Video Challenge

Jennifer George – legacy director of Rube Goldberg Inc. and the legendary cartoonist’s granddaughter – is holding a bar-of-soap competition that encourages families to work collaboratively to create a hand-washing contraption during lockdown. Rube Goldberg  is renowned for designing absurdly elaborate contraptions to accomplish the simplest tasks, and now Jennifer is inviting people at home to build their own. The challenge is to drop a bar of soap into someone’s hand using a sequence of 10 to 20 steps, and have some fun!

Upload your video to YouTube and send the video link by May 31. Instructions here.

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Jennifer George promotes creative ways of using Rube Goldberg artworks in STEM and STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math).

For more information visit and read an article in the NY Times here.

Topic: Creative engineering

Age group: All ages / families

Time: 60+ mins

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Autumn Neagle,

Digital Communications Officer