Rube Goldberg Engineering Awesomeness

The boy is taking an absolutely terrific engineering class at his high school this year, so there’s been a lot of design & construction going on at our house lately.  Last week, it was mousetrap cars, and I came home one afternoon to find the boy at the kitchen table, sawing away at a piece of particle board with my bread knife.  "I couldn’t find the hack saw," he said.  (If you come for dinner any time soon, you’ll have to tear the bread apart with your hands, but we’ll be able to show you a mighty fast and accurate mousetrap car.)

Now, he’s working on a Rube Goldberg device for Science Olympiad, and we’ve been watching some examples of these online. I have to say, I think this one takes the cake. It’s too cool not to share.

Pretty amazing, no?  You can learn more about how it all came together here.