Inventors Create "Domino Effect" Machines

By Rachel Martin
By Emily Dwire

April 20, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The history of domino's dates back centuries, and Saturday people had the chance to put a new twist on the old game.

Individuals and teams were challenged to build a machine for the Sixth Annual “Chain Reaction Challenge”, hosted by Tekventure. The goal was for the machines to be activated by the pull of a string, then that string it would pull another to start up a different machine, and so on creating a domino effect.

At the end of the machines was a Rube Goldberg machine, a contraption that performs simple tasks in the most complicated way possible. Organizers say events like this provide an opportunity to show creativity and learn how to solve problems scientifically.

"In order to transfer the energy from pulling the string to start your machine, all the way through all the wonderful things you make it do, to the end where it has to transfer that same energy to the next machine there's lots of problems to solve,” said Gregory Jacobs, Tekventure President.

Tekventure is hosting a kick-off “Makers Fair” on Wednesday where people can create whatever they want and demonstrate it to viewers.

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