[Bloominglabs-announce] Fwd: Rube Goldberg day at WonderLab

Jenett Tillotson jtillots at cogbots.com
Mon Jun 4 11:51:22 EDT 2012

Wonderlab is having a Rube Goldberg event. See more information below. I'm
happy to organize this if there is enough interest to build a link. Is
anyone interested in being involved?


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From: Staci Radford-Vincent <staci at wonderlab.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Subject: Rube Goldberg day at WonderLab
To: Jenett Tillotson <jtillots at gmail.com>

Hi Jenett,
   This coming September 15th, we will be hosting our first Rube Goldberg
event at WL.  We are planning an event where individuals and groups
construct their own Rube Goldberg device that will link in with others,
creating a collaborative Rube Goldberg machine.  I'm currently working on
recruiting a handful of community groups who would be interested in building
their own component of the machine, and the first group that came to mind
was BloomingLabs!
   Can you help me out with recruiting some people that are part of
BloomingLabs who would be interested in committing to building something to
be part of our event?
   Below are the guidelines we currently plan to use, but there may be more
details added in the next week or so.

Current guidelines for building the individual components
   * Your "link in the chain" should be no more than 3 feet wide and should
fit on a table.
   * Your machine must begin and end by a string pull. Be sure that it
takes no more force than the hanging weight of a golf ball to start your
link, and that it ends by pulling a string with enough force to lift a golf
ball several inches.
   * Your link must be repeatable (you may need to reset it).
   * Your machine needs to be safe. And, no spilling liquids, exploding
volcanoes, foaming, bubbling, oozing chaos, live animals, etc.

Let me know if you can help, and also if you have any other suggestions of
groups who I can contact that might be interested.


Staci Radford-Vincent
Program and Outreach Manager
WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
308 W 4th St, Bloomington, IN, 47404
(812)337-1337 ext. 18

"I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in
his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before
natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale."
                                           -Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
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