Not So Simple Machines Girl Scouts Challenge
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Not So Simple Machines Girl Scouts Challenge

Mon May 11, 12:00 AM - Mon Jun 15, 11:59 PM CST
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Not So Simple Machines Challenge – GSKSMO Contest

The socially distanced and safe family: How can you creatively squirt soap or hand sanitizer into someone’s hand without touching it? Come up with a creative way to squirt soap/hand sanitizer onto someone’s hand “quarantine style” by creating your very own Not So Simple Machine.

To learn more about these machines and get your creative juices flowing, you can google “Rube Goldberg Machines” and read a story about the inventor himself "Reading of Just Like Rube Goldberg."

Get helpful tips on how to create your own machine and use simple household items.

Cost: Free


The objective of this contest is to create a not-so-simple machine to squirt soap or hand sanitizer into someone’s hand.    

  • The not-so-simple machine should include 10 or more steps.
  • Once the machine is in motion, no human hands should touch it until the soap/sanitizer is squirted.
  • You can do this activity with your family, but the project should be led by the Girl Scout(s).

Key Success Criteria

We will evaluate machines against the following criteria:  

  • Creativity
  • Effectiveness of achieving the objective

Next Steps

Build your not-so-simple machine! Once it’s ready, film a non-edited continuous shot of your machine completing the goal. Upload the video to YouTube, fill out the form on the registration site, and provide the link to the video on the form. (Make sure your YouTube video is set to not private)

What should be included in your video:

  • Introduce yourself and the rest of your team
  • Outline the steps your machine will take
  • Non-edited continuous shot of your machine completing the goal
  • We should be able to see every step in your video

This contest runs May 11-June 15. All submissions can be viewed by the public until we close the site for judging. Winners will be announced via Facebook in June!

Grand Prize

1 winner will receive a family membership to Museum at Prairiefire! ($95 value)

Additional Information: Learn more and hear from Black & Veatch Women’s Network to get started!. This contest is for registered Girl Scouts of NEKS & NWMO and their families only.


Questions: Contact Hannah Gustafson at

About this Partner: Black & Veatch Women's Network (B&VWN) empowers professional women within Black & Veatch to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion through intentional growth initiatives, value-driven leadership, support and mentoring.