Wave Machine From Tape, Toothpicks, and Gummy Bears

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Wave Machine From Tape, Toothpicks, and Gummy Bears

What I look for in a project, more than any other single quality, is doing a lot with a little. This “wave machine” demo from the UK’s National STEM Centre, targeted to science teachers for classroom use, is a great example. It’s just duct tape, wooden skewers, and gummy bears, but it creates some really striking, beautiful effects when set in motion. I want to make one in my living room just to play with. Their licensing terms forbid embedding of the video, but it’ll be worth your click to hop on over to STEM and watch it move.

6 thoughts on “Wave Machine From Tape, Toothpicks, and Gummy Bears

  1. Stephen Brown says:

    Look like jelly babies to me!

  2. Jonathan Sanderson says:

    Thanks for the link! We showed one of these wave machines at Maker Faire UK last month on the SciCast stand: http://scicast.org.uk/blog/archives/2011/03/maker-faire-2011.html (the design comes from a children’s TV series I made back in 2004; I’m delighted it’s finally getting some traction in the education world).

    Sorry about the video embedding rules. We’re seeing if we can get that changed, but the films are owned by the National STEM Centre so it really is their call.

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      Thanks for the comment! And hopefully I didn’t sound grumpy about the
      embedding. It’s a completely understandable decision.

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