Saturday, March 15, 2014

Leprechaun Trap

Waiting to be caught...
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Three years ago, my son had to construct a Leprechaun Trap for a fourth grade class project.  It reminded me of a Rube Goldberg device, but on a much, much smaller and simpler scale.  Remember, these were nine year olds doing the building.  But it was a lot of fun.

We had a Discovery Toys toy called Super Marble Works.  Mason built a smaller scale of the model from the tubes and slides that came with the kit.  He painted a cardboard box and cut out a small hole that he then filled with a Dixie Cup.  He added a sign for the Leprechaun, which was a Lego figure, to read.  

Our not-so-lucky Leprechaun gives a tug to the shamrock rope which promises him a shot at the gold.  Once the rope is pulled, a marble makes its way down the slide and drops on the other end of the board the Leprechaun is standing on.  The goal is to send the little guy airborne and right into Mason's evil clutches.

Of course it didn't happen on the first, second, or even 10th attempt.  But remember, Edison didn't invite the light bulb on his first try either.  By the way, Mason got an A on the project.  Take a look.

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