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Miracle Recreation and Rube Goldberg Playground Design Contest

Date: 3/26/2024 - 10/17/2024

Type: Competitions / Awards

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): US


The Rube Goldberg Institute, a family-run nonprofit that uses the artist's invention cartoons as a springboard for its work in STEM and STEAM Education, and Miracle® Recreation, a pioneer in manufacturing thrilling playgrounds for nearly a century, have launched the Rube Goldberg Playground Contest. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity invites kids, college students, professional designers and anyone who dreams big to design a Rube-inspired playground, or even just one component of a playground, and submit their ideas to enter the competition.

The Playground Contest invites designers, dreamers and tinkerers to flex their creativity and imagine new structures for outdoor play based on Rube Goldberg's iconic invention cartoons. The contest is free to enter and builds on 35+ years of The Institute's experience running Rube Goldberg Machine Contests® around the world.

The selection of winning designs will complete the first of a three-phase initiative tied to the Playground Contest. First, the winners from each division will be invited to an in-person creative planning session at the Miracle Design Studio, where they will work with professional playground designers to brainstorm the buildable outdoor play space inspired by their contest entries. For phase two, a worthy community will win the Rube Goldberg Playground, selected by a juried committee of industry professionals, and phase three will see the construction of this one-of-a-kind playground.





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