The Lilypod: Joseph’s Machines

Tia’s third grade daughter Lily met kinetic machine artist and YouTube star Joseph Herscher of Joseph’s Machines at the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Finals last week in Chicago. Joseph was there to referee and judge the elementary, middle, high school and college finalists from across the U.S., as well as share his approach to designing his world-renowned Rube Goldberg machines with the contest audience at the Museum of Science and Industry. Listen to Lily and Joseph’s conversation and you’ll learn what inspires his designs and how he handles challenges that arise when materials – even live ones – don’t work quite right, including on his latest machine: The Cake Server.