Science on Tour Outreach Van made its first
trip on the road on Monday February 5th, 2007. The
van illustration was created by illustrator Jim Paillot
exclusively for the California Science Center and is
based on the machines first created by artist Rube
Goldberg. Keep on the lookout for the van! If you see
it, you'll know it's on its way to entertain and educate
a local school.
Paillot - Dad, husband and illustrator, Jim likes to
keep busy making "to-do" lists. He lives
in Arizona and loves dogs, robots, cowboy music, cartoons
and Jeeps. Jim's been an illustrator for more than
15 years and has worked with lots of fun clients including
Nickelodeon, Disney, Milton Bradley, Cranium, Coca
Cola and Port Discovery - The Children's Museum in
Baltimore. His artwork has appeared in books, magazines,
television, game boards and now a van! Learn more about
the artist by visiting his website.
to Start a Car in Fifteen Easy Steps!
Click the van to open a larger
image and follow along!
Match each letter in this legend to the corresponding
letters on the panel to learn how the different parts
of this Rube Goldberg
inspired machine work together.
A. Driver sits on spring board
B. Board catapults the rocket
C. Rocket hits a bowling ball
D. Bowling ball rolls down and falls into a scale
E. Frog is catapulted up in the air which frightens the
F. Arms, waving frantically, pull rope
G. A-12 Blackbird blasts off
H. Garibaldi leaps from kelp bed in attempt to eat Chuck
I. Water splashes into cup, causing the scale to move,
raising hatched chick
J. Chick tickles Tess’ arm with feather
K. Tess reacts to tickling and pulls up on rope
L. Cowboy boot punt-kicks Apollo capsule into space
M. Apollo capsule floats back down on parachute
N. Capsule lands on lever
O. Lever activates car, and off we go!
Van is based on machines created in the 1950’s
by artist Rube Goldberg. In his cartoons Rube
enjoyed creating machines with a very complicated series
of interactions, that all needed to work together to
accomplish something very simple. His wonderfully
wacky work is fun and scientific because it helps us
to learn about the way different things could interact
when put together.
more about these machines and the man who first created
These resources will take you outside
of the California Science Center website.