King of Contraptions

Hollywood’s “King of Creative Contraptions” lent his building skills to the DuPage Children’s Museum.

Brett Doar, along with the help of school children, spent two hours making a Rube Goldberg machine at the museum.

This type of mechanism is named after an inventor known for building complex chain reactions often used to complete a simple task.

Doar has designed a number of contraptions, including one for a Red Bull commercial and another for a music video for the pop band, “OK Go.”

At the children’s museum, his visit culminated with an open house, where several organizations showcased their own smaller contraptions to the public.

Doar says the demonstrations offer children a chance to see physics in action.

“What makes this great for kids is you learn on a really intuitive level these concepts and it’s not something that is heavily theorized,” said Doar. “You’re not learning it out of a textbook.”

For the grand finale Doar demonstrated the contraption he and the student’s had built.

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