Mark Rober chat

I'm a fan of simple, creative design.

Answers to some common questions:

1) I studied Mechanical Engineering in School. I did my undergrad at BYU and Masters at USC.
2) I worked for NASA JPL for 9 years, 7 of which were working on the Curiosity Rover (I made a video about it you should def totes watch cause it's probably my favorite of all my videos). I founded a company called Digital Dudz on my nights and weekends while working at NASA (also made some videos about that) and sold it to the guys who make Morphsuits in the UK. As part of the sale I quit my job at NASA and worked for them coming up with all their new costume ideas for 2 years. Recently, I was presented with an opportunity to return to my Engineering roots to come do some ideation type of work for a tech company near San Francisco.
3) Link to free and therefore substandard build plans for my custom workbench can be found below.



Social links:

Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap (Dec 17th, 2018)

This might be my Magnum Opus. Go to and use code MARKROBER to get 75% off a 3 year plan and an extra month for free.

My buddy Sean posted a video with more details of the build:

Note about 2 missing the reactions in the video- I was presented with information that caused me to doubt the veracity of 2 of the 5 reactions in the video. These were reactions that were captured during a two week period while the device was at house 2 hours a...


World's Largest Horn Shatters Glass (Nov 28th, 2018)

I might upgrade my car horn to this. Shoutout to Portal from Facebook for their support on this video. Learn more and get yours at:

Watch the What's Inside video here:

Here is a behind the scenes video from the day:

High Speed camera courtesy of They rent high speed cameras at killer prices. Hit them up.

ELI20 version: I answered why you want a large outlet a...


PLAYING CARD MACHINE GUN- Card Throwing Trick Shots (Nov 1st, 2018)

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Rick's video (learn to throw cards):

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FLYING PHONE SCAM EXPOSED (so I built a REAL one) (Sep 27th, 2018)

Don't mess with my people. Go to to get started on your Wix website!
ALSO, see how I make all my builds:

Captain Disillusions's video:
Peter's build video:

Camera man credit: Luke Hale

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BEAT ANY ESCAPE ROOM- 10 proven tricks and tips (Aug 29th, 2018)

10 tips to dominate any Escape room- Prepare your brain for the Escape room using First 200 people get 20% off!!

-Check out Dr. Nicholson's website here for more juicy stuff-
-8 roles for players-
-This is the escape room I filmed in. They were awesome to work with. If you live in Silicon Valley this is the perfect spot (not all Escap...


Rock Skip Robot- The SCIENCE of PERFECT ROCK SKIPPING (Jul 31st, 2018)

Shout out to Skippa the robot for her help on this one. Protect yourself from your Russian comrades with NordVPN. Go to and use code MARKROBER for 77% off.

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Lemon powered Supercar- WORLD'S LARGEST Lemon Battery (Jun 23rd, 2018)

I was challenged by VW to make electricity to support their electric Supercar at Pike's Peak. The CRUSHED the course record by 15 seconds in the race. I got a little help from William Osman and some kids and without hurting any feelings one was better than the other.

Check out William's video here:

The battery used to store and deliver the lemon, zipline, and solar power is a Mobi Gen built by FreeWire Technologies

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200 dropped wallets- the 20 MOST and LEAST HONEST cities (May 9th, 2018)

I lost my wallet and someone didn't return it. Revenge is a dish best served... with data. Get your FREE audiobook here: or text markrober to 500-500

CGPGrey's fascinating video about how thoughts are like viruses and why so much of what we read today makes us upset:

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1st place Mousetrap Car Ideas- using SCIENCE (Mar 29th, 2018)

Science your way to the blue ribbon. Go learn something from someone who cares at The first 1000 people get 2 months for $0.99-

Sign up for an account on Skillshare. Skillshare is a community marketplace for users to teach and learn from project-based, online and local classes on a wide variety of subjects.

Check out Al's website if you want stuff to build your own:

10 quick, practical build tips:


Is NASA a waste of money? (Feb 14th, 2018)

5 reasons NASA is da best. Thanks to Bill and Melinda Gates for their support on this video. Check out the 2018 annual letter here:

My five reasons:
1) Makes Earth a better place
2) Extinction prevention
3) Offshoot technology
4) Economy
5) Exploration and Imagination

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ARCADE SCAM SCIENCE (not clickbait) (Jan 3rd, 2018)

Don't feel bad. You don't suck, the game makers do.
Go expand your mind and learn something new at The first 300 people get 2 months FREE!

Check out Destin's (Smarter Every Day) hummingbird video here:

By popular demand I have shirts now! I picked the super soft, high quality shirts and make $0 on all items which is why they are priced so handsomely :)

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Liquid Sand Hot Tub- Fluidized air bed (Nov 28th, 2017)

Sorry for the audio issue from 0:48- 0:52. I had to swap out the audio for something that was manually flagged as licensed. They took all the revenue from this video for 25M views so I used the audio swap feature to take it back. My words were "You'll find this in industrial applications such as powder coat painting or in grain silos to make sure the grain flows smoothly to the outlet."

Here is the build info:

Here is a vid...


CARNIVAL SCAM SCIENCE- and how to win (Oct 24th, 2017)

Prepare to drop some knowledge next time you visit the carnival.
Go expand your mind and learn something new at The first 300 people (they opened this up to first 2,000) get 2 months FREE!

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The future of medical technology (Oct 15th, 2017)

My thoughts on what we will see coming our way in the medical field both near and far term.
Thanks to 23andme for their support on the video. They're good people. You can learn more here:

Test of vid desc update.

Kurzgesagt video on CRISPR:

Ray Kurzweil prediction about red blood cell sized computers (this guy is a well known futurist with a pretty good track record. Former cheif of engineering at Google. Even still, no one has a per...


How to measure HOW MUCH PEE IS IN YOUR POOL (Aug 22nd, 2017)

Knowledge is power! Even if that knowledge causes you to rethink some of those lovely summer memories.
FREE Audio Book-
A review of all the books I've listened to recently:

Lindsay's Papers:

Professor Blatchley's Papers:

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World's LARGEST SUPER SOAKER!! (not clickbait) (Jul 11th, 2017)

Introducing the Guinness World Record Largest Super Soaker evaa at 7 ft long!! This could definitely shoot Ralphie's eye out.
Learn more about your actual DNA from 23andMe here:

Bob's Video-

Thanks to Nathan for the High Speed camera. If you need a High Speed camera to rent for super cheap check him out. Insanely low prices for great gear-

Grant Thompson from the King of Random made a versi...


NICEST Car Horn Ever- DIY (Jun 14th, 2017)

This horn is SO courteous my car was granted Canadian citizenship yesterday.

FREE Audio Book-
A review of all the books I've listened to recently:

Check out Bob's video:

My buddy Howard does this for a living:

Links to the stuff I used (not sponsored):

Sound board:



Hot Wheels STUNT RACE- Slow Mo (2500 FPS) (Apr 26th, 2017)

This is the Hot Wheels race of my childhood dreams. It's a little different of a vid for me but I wanted to learn how to film like the pros.
Learn more about your actual DNA from 23andMe here:

Check Robert's behind the scenes vid:

GIANT mousetrap cameo courtesy of The Backyard Scientist. See the vid here:

Thanks to Nathan for the High Speed camera. If you need a High Speed camera to rent fo...


Automatic Bullseye, MOVING DARTBOARD (Mar 21st, 2017)

I have been working on this board for over 3 years. Super pumped to finally share it with all y'all.

Here is a link to some of the software we wrote:

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How to save 51 billion lives for 68 cents with simple Engineering (Feb 15th, 2017)

Using the power of engineering and brilliant inventions to save lives!!! Great times collab-ing with Bill and Melinda Gates! You should check out the Gates Annual Letter here:

Pre-order a paper microscope here-

Read the published paper on the paper centrifuge, its cool-

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