While open to anyone, the challenge was designed as a company team-building event.
If you know that your employees are the most creative and innovative problem-solvers in Colorado, this is your chance to prove it!
Your team’s mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to design a Rube-Goldberg-style mousetrap. The entire experience is modeled after Raft’s awesome narrative-driven curriculum units (where kids have so much fun, they don’t even realize they’re learning!). All team entries will be displayed at Upcycle, Raft’s primary fundraising event on Thursday, September 26, giving your company exposure to all attendees and, if you win, your company will also get bragging rights, a special prize, and free tickets and judging credentials for next year’s event!
A “Rube Goldberg” machine is designed to execute a simple task in a elaborate and overcomplicated way. Usually these machines use a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a “domino effect,” each one triggering the next until the ultimate task is completed!
We love this video from National Geographic that shows a team of engineers competing against a group of friends in constructing a Rube Goldberg machine. Their objective: use all 25 of the provided items to trap a mouse.
Pssst…Don’t worry! The size of your trap for Raft’s Design Challenge will be smaller than the one in the video (and we will give you parameters and guidance).
Your team will be given everything you need to dive into a hilarious (especially for Princess Bride fans), narrative-driven design challenge. The story will guide you in the design and construction of your Rube-Goldberg-style trap. Here is an excerpt from the story:
“You see,” you say, “there is nothing to fear. We can overcome any obstacle that comes our way!” “But my love,” he replies, somewhat sniffily, “what of the R-O-U-Ses?” An uneasy feeling creeps into your bones, but you simply smile and reply, “Rodents Of Unusual Savagery? I don’t think they exist.”
Then, you will build the mousetrap using a RAFT-provided box of upcycled materials (the “raftBox”), plus any branded schwag (bonus points!) you can cobble together. And, if your team has questions, a RAFT Re-Imagineer is just a phone call or email away, so your contraption is guaranteed to succeed.
While teams are officially limited to five individuals, there are plenty of ways to involve more people. Here are a couple of ideas:
Three Awards will be given out: