Young fellow makes, tests and celebrates outstanding Rube Goldberg machine

Seven-year-old Audri designed this astounding Rube Goldberg machine, and then systematically studied its failure modes and improved it, producing a fine video account of his work. He is made of pure distillate of awesomesauce.

Audri's Rube Goldberg Monster Trap (via Make)


  1. This one is most definitely my annual “I want to be a dad” inspirational video. What a brilliant young man.

  2. There is so much that I love about this video — not least the take-away message at the end and Audri’s establishment and testing of hypotheses.  Bravo!

  3. Nice touch holding up part of the Better Mousetrap with a copy of Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”.

  4. I like the mom, too, who was prepared to film 22 rounds of testing. When people talk about parents needing to be involved, THAT is what they are talking about.

  5. Is my Chrome installation the only one that is getting crashed by this flash/video and others from the same place?

  6. “Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany because it may contain music for which GEMA has not granted the respective music rights.”

      1. I’m running ProxTube but for some reason, for several days already I cannot see *any* YouTube videos in Chrome, in Germany. Firefox works fine. Don’t know if I’m the only one with this issue…

  7. Very nice.  Excellent use of things one might actually have laying around the house.  My parents would never have let me mount a pulley from the ceiling.  Bravo!

  8. I love that he is prepared for lots of failure in the quest for success.  So many kids… no, so many adults don’t have that kind of patience and persistence.

  9. Yay for Happy-Making things. Fourth try!

    This almost makes up for the loss of Peter Bergman yesterday. How am I to be, Not Insane?

  10. “He is made of pure distillate of awesomesauce. – Cory Doctorow,”  Now where to put that on his college application…

  11. And for Caturday:

  12. Too bad there will probably be no space program left by the time this young man graduates college.

  13. That is everything good. A bright, enthusiastic, curious, creative boy, and a mom who supports and indulges those traits. Rare gems both.

  14. With enough kids like this, the world has a future, even a bright one. Thanks, young man, for your natural, infectious and delightful personality!

  15. I actually cheered out loud when he got his success. What a great kid. His enthusiasm is so utterly infectious. Wonderful find.

  16. Crappy diagnostic man; even overlooking your lack of a full medical history of the subject.  If we must consider the mere meat within which his Titan Intellect resides then note his shortness of breath and the discolouration of at least one of his fingertips.  These data suggest many other possible physical conditions which are keeping him indoors building Rube Goldberg machines instead of the average hyperkinetic activities of the 7-year-old.  Statistically speaking the most significant precursors of being a Happy Mutant are being a first or only child and some congenital problem forbidding athletics.  From such stock do we harvest Technology and Civilisation.

  17.  looks like, in my brevity, i just edged you out getting the first comment taking on that goon.  I defer to your better analysis.  good show, sir or madam.

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