Miracle® Recreation Sets The Rube Goldberg® Institute Partnership in Motion With Miracle Machines™
- Three distinct oversized, double-sided, highly interactive play panels will debut at the ASLA 2021 Conference, which begins today
- New product introduction is first of several planned collaborations between Miracle Recreation and The Rube Goldberg Institute For Innovation & Creativity
Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 19, 2021) — Miracle Recreation, a pioneer in manufacturing thrilling playgrounds for nearly a century, today announced a strategic partnership with The Rube Goldberg Institute For Innovation & Creativity, the family-run nonprofit that encourages creativity and access to STEM and STEAM education through the creation of comical and overly complicated chain-reaction machines that achieve a simple task. The partnership was brokered by Rube Goldberg’s consumer products agency, Brand Central.
In the first of many collaborations that celebrate the spirit of noted cartoonist and engineer Rube Goldberg, Miracle will introduce its Miracle Machines™ product line at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) annual conference and EXPO, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Miracle Machines are on display at the Miracle booth (#501) tomorrow, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21.
Three oversized, double-sided panels — “Curiosity Thrilled the Cat”, “My Cup of Tea” and “Goooaaalll” — allow children to create constant motion using mechanisms such as levers, gears, pegs, balls, and spinners. Designed for ages 2 and up, Miracle Machines encourage collaborative play, while also creating a dynamic and interactive experience that keeps kids engaged for hours. Each panel design embodies Goldberg’s zeitgeist and serve as a gateway into STEM and STEAM learning for children.
“Miracle is thrilled to kick off this collaboration with The Rube Goldberg Institute that celebrates creativity and inclusiveness, especially in children,” said Mike Sutton, vice president of global sales for Miracle. “We are excited for the Miracle Machines to foster an entirely new level of playground interactivity, becoming in and of themselves destinations for kids. These simple machines help serve as a reminder that STEM and STEAM learning can happen anywhere.”
As a cultural icon of the 20th century, Rube Goldberg (1883–1970), Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist and innovator, continues to inspire audiences with his inventive genius. Of the estimated 50,000 cartoons he drew in his lifetime, Goldberg is best known for those that depict “Rube Goldberg Machines” — the chain-reaction contraptions, typically made from everyday objects, that solve a simple task in the most overly complicated, humorous, and inefficient way possible. In their funny functionality, Goldberg’s inventions invite all of us to think more deeply about machines and mechanized processes, gadgets and technologies, and the very human ways in which we use them.
Jennifer George, Goldberg’s granddaughter and the chief creative officer of The Rube Goldberg Institute, was instrumental in building the relationship with Miracle and shaping the vision behind the Miracle Machines.
“This partnership with Miracle is an exciting next extension for the Rube Goldberg brand,” said George. “These first three Miracle Machines bring the whimsy and kinetic energy of my grandfather’s work to life in a fun and tangible way. As this partnership expands, we hope to bring STEM and STEAM education into playgrounds where kids and machines will interact together, making outdoor learning as compelling and educational as being in the classroom.“
Miracle Machines are a perfect complement to the brand’s currently available Miracle Museum™ collection of products that create a children’s-museum-like experience on the playground. Generally not requiring safety surfacing, Miracle Machines and Miracle Museum commercial products are a perfect way to turn underutilized spaces such as lobbies, waiting areas and shopping centers, into sensory-rich play areas. The Miracle Museum product line is also on display at the ASLA Conference and EXPO.
“The Miracle Machines project was fun for our industrial designers, and also very challenging, given what’s required of commercial playgrounds from a ruggedness, durability and weather-proofing standpoint,” said Sutton. “Not unlike Rube Goldberg machines, our design team overcame many complicated obstacles to achieve an elegantly simple result: putting smiles on the faces of kids.”
The Miracle Machines will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2022.
About Miracle® Recreation
Founded nearly a century ago, Miracle Recreation inspires communities to develop kids with the character to lead tomorrow through its high-quality playgrounds. A division of PlayPower®, Inc., Miracle Recreation pioneers the world of thrilling, commercial outdoor play equipment with the belief that a lifetime of self-discovery, independence, and leadership begins on a playground. That’s where children take perceived risks, which challenge and transform them, opening their minds to new perspectives. To learn more, visit Miracle-Recreation.com.
About The Rube Goldberg® Institute For Innovation & Creativity
The Rube Goldberg Institute stands as a “museum without walls,” offering experiences designed for the 21st Century that span the virtual and physical and introduce people to the rewards of engaging in the arts and sciences. Rube Goldberg’s legacy reminds us of the crucial importance of informed observation, creative thinking, artistic response, problem-solving, curiosity, and inventiveness. The family-run Institute, founded in 1988, proudly works with educators, organizations, and commercial brands to present the world and work of Rube Goldberg through education, entertainment, and cultural endeavors inviting young people from around the world to discover the power of creativity and innovation. For more information, go to RubeGoldberg.org
Miracle Machines shown left to right: “My Cup of Tea”, “Curiosity Thrilled the Cat”, and “Goooaaalll”.
RoseComm for Miracle Recreation