Why is it that watching tiny balls rolling around on miniature roller coasters never gets old? I’m guessing it might have something to do with being in the privileged “God’s Eye View” position. These balls have no idea what’s around the corner — but we certainly do because we can see the course in its entirety in one glance. Tapping into this timeless fun is the team at Tinkineer.com whose new Marbleocity laser-cut wood marble machine just skyrocketed past its $14,000 Kickstarter goal ($40,000 has been pledged as of this morning).
The team writes: “Marbleocity STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) kits introduce children and adults to engineering principles and physics concepts through dynamic model kits that are made of wood in America. Each marble machine kit is an engaging lesson that is told through the eyes of a cast of characters (the Tinkineers) in graphic novella format. The principles introduced in the comic are then reinforced through the construction of the kit and, finally, brought full circle with real-world examples and applications. The Marbleocity kits present and reinforce STEM learning concepts and encourage problem solving.”
You can grab your own Marbleocity machine by visiting their Kickstarter page at Kickstarter.com. And as John Biggs of Tech Crunch points out, it harkens back to that unforgettable powder ball machine from Sesame Street oh so many years ago (see videos below).
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