On March 1st, 2017 Techsters members had the opportunity to video chat with Rube Goldberg’s actual granddaughter: Ms. Jennifer George. Ms. Jennifer also wrote the best-selling book The Art of Rube Goldberg.
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a famous cartoonist, specifically remembered for his designs of machines that would complete specific tasks in crazy ways!
To start off the video chat session we introduced ourselves and I told Ms. Jennifer about what we have been doing at Techsters. She was impressed with the hands-on experience that the members get at Techsters.
From this she segued into explaining the Rube Goldberg Competition. The Rube Goldberg Competition includes teams from all over the nation comparing their extravagant machines (replicating Rube Goldberg’s designs) to complete a certain task. Here’s a cool video of the National High School Rube Goldberg Champions: https://youtu.be/rZyEunPgwwk.
Ms. Jennifer also let us know about the kits that they sell to tinker with. Check them out here: http://toys.rubegoldberg.com/
Overall, it was an amazing opportunity to be able to speak to Ms. Jennifer and we thank her so much for her time and the great conversations that we had.