Machine Madness

We are transforming Machine Madness from a one-day event into a week-long engineering celebration. Machine Madness is a fantastic family engineering and tinkering activity open to people of all mechanical abilities. Work against the clock and with provided materials and tools to build an oversized, collaborative Chain Reaction Machine inspired by Rube Goldberg designs. Families have one hour to construct their own link in the chain reaction using materials provided by the museum. Their machine will be set off by the preceding machine, go through its sequence, and then trigger the start of the next machine to make a continuous chain reaction from the first machine to the last.

Building times will be 11a.m – noon, 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m., and 2p.m. – 3p.m., with the chain reactions happening at the end of each build time. Families may sign up first-come, first-serve at the front desk. 

Still interested in making a machine at home? Our final chain reaction on Friday, January 1, at 3:00p.m. will incorporate homemade contraptions and the successful elements created at the museum during the week.

Please contact Mike Fenzel with any questions at

Sunday, December 27, 2015–Friday, January 1, 2016, 11a.m.–4p.m.