Curtis Kinetic Science Challenge

STEM Discovery Center

Next Competition: March 28, 2020

Assemble a team of tinkerers and budding engineers to compete for cash prizes in the Curtis Kinetic Science Competition!


This competition challenges students to transform ordinary and found objects into a kinetic system inspired by Rube Goldberg’s famous machines.



Curtis Kinetic Competition is now Orlando Science Center’s middle school competition. Please note the application deadline is much earlier than previous years. 


The Curtis Kinetic Science Competition is open to students in Grades 6-8, in teams of up to five.


If you are a previous participating school looking for our 5th grade competition please refer to the Curing Rising Stars event.

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s science competitions, please contact our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email

Application Deadline:
October 4, 2019

Space is limited to completing the application does not guarantee a spot in the competition.


Curtis Kinetic Competition Resources


More Resources

Orlando Science Center will be hosting webinars for participating educators to provide deep dives into what makes competition day successful.


We are also proud to offer Materials Budget Scholarships; please see the application for more information.

2019 Curtis Kinetic Science Competition Winners

Junior Division

Best in Fair: One Fish Two Fish
Farah Boodrham, Michael Nwaogwugwum, Ramiah Nwaogwugwu, Xander Gora


Teacher award:

Mr. Sweeney StarChild Academy


Best Use of Science: Banana Split
Brock Hooper and Matais Lopez-Torres


Most Innovative/Creative: Southern Tea
Mariana Sasahara, Adelina Torres-Rava, Jules Ortiz, Irena Rupinta

Senior Division

Best in Fair: Tom and Jerry Kinetic Kat Trap
Mia Lang, Alex Alfaro, Veronica Urdaneta, Ava Kaiser, Elizabeth Todd


Teacher Award:

Jodi Cooney Good Shepherd Catholic School


Best Use of Science: Let It Snow

Alana Sanchez, Mia Jimenez, Angelina Phan, Gabriela Pastrana


Most Innovative/Creative: The Toybox
Maddox Dxiedzic, Soleah Huggett, Nina Noguera, Amanda Rotolo