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Santiago Canyon College Competes in Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on March 5


* Complex and Zany Machine to Put on a Band-Aid™ *


Santiago Canyon College (SCC) will participate for the fourth time at the Rube Goldberg Machine competition. Last year, SCC won this competition and went on to compete at the national competition in Ohio where they won Best Rookie Award for their hard work. This year, the competition will produce a complex machine to put on a Band-Aid™.

The machine must be reliable during the demonstration. A good machine has many transitions that the SCC STEM team will need to communicate effectively throughout. There also needs to be a theme or story behind the machine that can evoke humor from the spectators and judges.

Engineer turned cartoonist, Rueben Goldberg is the namesake of the contest. 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.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier,
​Santa Monica, CA 90401


Rube Goldberg Contest is free to the public to watch. 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


Sponsors of the event include, JPL, The Tomorrow Show, Rube Goldberg, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Daily Press, Two Bit Circus, and iHeart Radio. At the competition there will be exhibitors from reDiscover, Columbia Memorial Space Center, Steampunk Goggles, and T4T.

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. Visit to learn more.

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Judy Iannaccone
Phone: (714) 480-7503​