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BAND-AID® Brand + STEM: Rube Goldberg Machine Contest® 2017

2017 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages

When it comes to curiosity, skill and zany creativity, the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest® has it all, and BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages was thrilled to sponsor their 29th annual event in 2017.

Together, our brands not only brought an active STEM experience to hundreds of students, but we also gave them a crash course in celebrating setbacks and finding the willpower to STICK WITH IT™ no matter how many tries it takes to get it right – and when it comes to building a Rube Goldberg machine it can take a lot of tries to get it right. 

If the Rube Goldberg name sounds only a little familiar, let us explain: Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist known for engineering silly, overly complex machines to complete a simple task. In the spirit of complexity for simplicity’s sake, the 2017 contest challenged students ages 11 and older to create their own Rube Goldberg machines that could apply a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage.

Students across the U.S. answered the challenge with outstanding entries, and on March 25th, 23 teams gathered in Columbus, Ohio for the two-day championship. Each team demoed their contraptions, showing how Ferris wheels, fly swatters and miniature space shuttles - among dozens of other moving pieces - could all help in applying a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage.

Winners were selected, celebrations were had, and, most importantly, more than a hundred young people walked away with an invaluable, hands-on STEM experience that showed them the joy of resiliency. As Rube Goldberg Legacy Director Jennifer George shared, “The Rube Goldberg machine builders of today are the problem solvers of tomorrow.”

BAND-AID® Brand is a proud supporter of STEM education and encourages you to try your hand at building your own Rube Goldberg project. Just remember, it’s no simple task, so don’t give up if it takes ten, twenty or even thirty tries to get it right. We believe you can STICK WITH IT™!

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2017 Contest Winners:

1st Place, Division I Middle School

Saint Augustine of Canterbury School


1st Place, Division II High School

Kimberly High School


1st Place, Division III College

Purdue University


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