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- Rube Goldberg Kit It’s called chaos, but kids don’t need a kit to create that, do they? And it actually is used to create really fun controlled “perpetual motion” Rube Goldberg-type devices.
- The tower has a max height of 78″ and a whopping 602 pieces! It also includes an educational CD ROM. Everything you need (except batteries) is included. Ages 7 & up.
- You (your kids will never displace you once they see this kit) assemble a frame of your choice and adorn it with sets of chutes, slides, funnels, catch baskets, trampolines… You name it.
- The new Chaos motor driven chain lifts a ball to the top of your construction and off it goes through whatever course(s) you have set up. It is really educational physics, and we guarantee hours of creative fun with this top quality, attractively packaged kit.
Chaos Tower Description
The new Chaos motor driven chain lifts a ball to the top of your construction and off it goes through whatever course(s) you have set up. It is really educational physics, and we guarantee hours of creative fun with this top quality, attractively packaged kit…
Reviews By Geoff Fortytwo : Date November 21, 2007
Over the years I’ve purchased 4 of these sets and combined them together in one big set. Right now I have it set up in the lobby at work. It’s three sections wide and about 7 feet tall.
I was actually thinking of getting a few more sets and setting it up so that multiple tracks are supplied by balls from both ends. Making it even taller would also be cool, but I’d probably need a step ladder to work on it then.
My only major complaint is that the makers of this toy have not added any new widgets in years. I’d buy another set this instant if I could get some cool new widgets.
The ball return could also be designed a bit better so that it didn’t clog up as much. And, the motor might need to be made a bit more powerful if I make the set 8 or 9 feet tall.
Reviews By Gabriel’s Buddy : Date January 22, 2009
I bought this for my 11 year old and we built it together. We are very happy with the results and we look forward to modifying the design but it seems a little flimsy and was difficult at time to assemble.
Assembly: One starts out making the blue frame out of tubes and connectors, then assembles pieces of track and gadgets, and then mounts those to the blue frame.
The blue tubes were loose fitting onto the connectors. This has resulted in a recurring problem where the frame separates. There are many static and dynamic forces happening during use and while assembling new components and it is frustrating to finally have made some adjustment only to find out a connector is out of place and something is longer than it needs to be.
The track fits together by sliding two pieces together perpendicular to the ball path. There are three slots that need to align and this is sometimes difficult to achieve, although assembly on a flat surface helps. The parts should go together with either part coming from the top but sometimes it is easier one way than the other. Sometimes they don’t end up with the bottom of the track aligned perfectly and some adjustment needs to be made. Some dexterity is required.
The plans were good but lacked some information here and there. When there was a red component (ball changer), the track beneath it isn’t specified (use the short straight track!). How each part is supported on the frame also isn’t specified.
The loop seems fragile and could use some bracing to make both parts stiffer.
Reviews By B. Lamore : Date December 27, 2008
I see this product is listed also as “Chaos Tower” on Amazon. I don’t know which is the correct page, but the reviews are different. I’ll put a copy of this on the other page too.
I teach high school physics and decided to get one of these for a project-based endeavor we are trying at our school in a couple months. I had one shipped to my family’s house for Xmas to try it out. I was going to bring it to a family gathering, because I thought the kids would like it, but it didn’t arrive in time. As it turned out, I think that was fortunate; here’s why.
The age group specified is 8+, but 8-year olds can’t build this on their own.