Marble machines offer educational benefits that extend beyond our essential need for play, particularly in the realms of physics and engineering concepts. The tracks in these machines can feature loops, spirals, drops, gears, cranks, levers, pulleys, and other configurations. This allows observers to witness gravity, momentum, and simple machines in action in engaging and entertaining ways.
Jelle Bakker of Netherlands-based Jelle’s Marble Runs began building marble runs when he received one on his fourth birthday. Today, he creates giant marble races, runs, and attractions for his YouTube channel, as well as for in person events.
The 2017 marble run video above shares a two-month-long build at Landal Greenparks Heideheuvel at Beekbergen in the Netherlands. The cacophonous contraption has 6 paths and contains 30 6.3-centimeter (2.5 inch) Kaden wooden balls from Kaden Kugelbahn sets.
The first minute covers the build, then after sharing footage of the marble run’s opening, the video documents each path of the marble machine.
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