2024 OM Creativity Award Winner

OM is proud to announce this year’s Creativity Award winner goes to The Rube Goldberge Institute for Innovation and Creativity for showing students around the world that learning is rewarding and fun by providing free creative problem solving opportunities through its innovative resources and contraption competitions.
“The connection between the Rube Goldberg Foundation and OM are very strong as we both see a future where creative problem solving is paramount and can and should be taught to future
generations,” said Sammy Micklus OM Program Director.
The Rube Goldberg Institute calls itself a “museum without walls,” offering 21st Century experiences that span the virtual and the
physical, introducing visitors of all ages to the rewards of engaging in the arts and sciences. The Institutes’s resources and programs are free and open to all, with specific efforts to reach and empower historically underserved young people and communities through STEM and arts education.
Today, the Rube Goldberg Institute is a not-for-profit organization that reaches audiences around the world.
Throughout the year the Institute hosts a variety of building challenges that celebrate Rube Goldberg (1883–1970), a Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist, inventor, innovator, and the only person whose name is an adjective in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.
You can build devices, draw a Rube Goldberg-style contraption and so much more through their competitions. There are even fun and educational resources for thinking creatively through children’s books published by the Institute. Their innovative way of inspiring creativity and problem-solving goes hand-in-hand with OM’s philosophy that creativity can be taught, and we should have fun while doing it!
Director Jennifer George, Chief Creative Officer (and Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter) and Zach Umperovitch, National Contest Director received the award at World Finals not only to accept the award but to get to know OMers from around the globe.