This is a great event. The team is given a pile of equipment including bamboo poles, string and cable ties and asked to build a Rollercoaster capable of transporting a ball around the room.

The first reaction is usually disbelief but as they start to work to build their contraption the tempo increases with their confidence and the end result always gives reason for a loud cheer. We give extra points for ‘bells and whistles’, any sort of interesting design. ThisĀ video shows a Rollercoaster with a built in double trigger mechanism.

The Rollercoaster is a simple version of a Rube Goldberg machine. This is a fun and interesting idea where devices are built to perform a simple function in as complicated a way as possible.