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Santiago Canyon College Competes in Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on March 12


​*Complex and Zany Machine to Open an Umbrella*


Santiago Canyon College (SCC) will defend its first place college title for the third year in the Rube Goldberg Machine Live Division III contest in Santa Monica. This year competitors will produce a complex machine using everyday items to open an umbrella in 20 steps or more.

The machine must be reliable during the demonstration. A good machine has many transitions that the SCC STEM team will need to link effectively throughout. There also needs to be a theme or story behind the machine that can evoke humor from the spectators and judges. Teams and their machines are judged on a range of criteria including complexity, design, creativity, humor, story-telling and team chemistry as well as the successful achievement of the task at hand.

Engineer turned cartoonist, Rueben "Rube" Goldberg is where the name of the contest comes from. Goldberg created cartoons for 55 years that depicted machines using everyday objects meant to satire new machines that were built at the time. His cartoons, though considered wacky, depicted a logical progression to the machine’s process.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

9:30 a.m. - Competitors begin setting up their machines.

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Competition takes place.

5:00 p.m. - Event concludes.


Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401


The Rube Goldberg Contest is free and open to the public. Parking is $3 per hour with a $12 daily maximum or $8 upon entry depending on which parking lot entered. Visit for directions and parking information.


The contest promotes S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education to students of all ages. All SCC STEM team members are majoring in one of these disciplines. The competition promotes teamwork and problem solving.


Visit for more about the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. For more information on the SCC Rube Goldberg Machine team, contact Cindy Swift, SCC physics instructor, at (714) 628-4707 or


Heal The Bay and Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds are presenting the competition.

About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves about 14,000 students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.

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