The Super Mario Effect - Tricking From PVC Pipe to RimbaTubes | Snubby 2 days ago   15:09

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When 50,000 of Mark Rober's 3 million YouTube subscribers participated in a basic coding challenge, the data all pointed to what Rober has dubbed the Super Mario Effect. The YouTube star and former NASA engineer describes how this data-backed mindset for life gamification has stuck with him along his journey, and how it impacts the ways he helps (or tricks) his viewers into learning science, engineering, and design. Mark Rober has made a career out of engineering, entertainment, and education. After completing degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and the University of Southern California, Rober joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2004. In his nine years as a NASA engineer, seven of which were on the Mars rover Curiosity team, Rober worked on both the Descent Stage (the jet pack that lowered the Rover to the surface) and some hardware on the Rover top deck for collecting samples. In 2011, Rober’s iPad-based Halloween costume helped launch both his creative costume company, Digital Dudz, and his YouTube channel, which now boasts 3 million subscribers and 400 million views. His videos focus on creative ideas and science- and engineering-based pranks and activities. Rober is a regular guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". Today, he does research and development work for a large technology company in Northern California, where he lives with his wife and son. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Pedro Martins
This video is just amazing
Amazing Supergirl
What if ur life obstacles look like that drawing on the bottom but you’ve ended up behind where you started
Ian Stull
This could also explain why people get addicted to videogames, cause it provides that environment of ignoring failures and trying again where they might not have that in other aspects of their life.

EDIT: Tieing into the idea of "instant gratification" perhaps?
Constantine V
all this is is a utube channel ad
Bob Warner
What song was that in the beginning? I was feeling it
Ninjacena GT
Mario taught me gravity, forces, biology, problem solving skills.
I got an A for Science.
This entire talk was just an excuse for him to brag about his accomplishments and get a pat on the back.
You could tell how much he practiced that speech
payden Fishy
OH MY GOSH I LOVE MARK!!!!!!! @markrober
Chaitanya Bhatraju
Life doesn't offer second chance like a game
i wish theyd use the super mario effect in schools, maybe then i wouldnt cry over my math homework every other day 😂😂
wasabi chan
honestly, this is one of the best ted talks i've seen after the procrastination one....
T De pie
Oh hi mark
Great Talk.
Confirmation bias much? Isn’t the simple answer that having more attempts bring higher success rates? Looking at the data you could just as well say that the ones who were penalized were much more efficient - reaching a success rate comparable to the other group in only 5 tries rather than 12 tries for a measly 10% increase in success rates.
Aj Pauly
I automatically like because mark is giving the speech
Aryaman Kejriwal
13:29 that valley at the end is one heck of a blue shell...
Cian Govern
Just one flaw in your idea I think because we can't see the princess or know exactly what the princess at the end is your driving motivation is to save that princess without her you would get bored and wonder why are you playing the game? And some of us are mid game enjoying it but struggling to get through it as we don't know exactly what the princess might be a big house big salary what not but for most people that doesn't become clear till your ethier almost there. Nonetheless I love your Mario analogy and the idea 👍❤️^_^
Brenden Dielman
Hammer head bros.? Dont you mean hammer TED bros.? Hohooo these are the jokes people
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From PVC Pipe to RimbaTubes | Snubby The Super Mario Effect - Tricking 2 days ago   14:21

Snubby J liked The Blue Man Group so much that he built his own RimbaTubes with his dad to produce his own music. His biggest goal was to become a Blue Man but he learned much more about himself and his ability in the process.

KENT JENKINS (SNUBBY J) is a multi-talented performer known on YouTube for his music videos featuring his homemade RimbaTubes, a PVC pipe instrument inspired by the Blue Man Group. His videos are followed by over 250,000 subscribers and have been viewed over 40 million times worldwide. Kent has appeared in commercials and on television including “America’s Got Talent” (2010), “The Cover” (France, 2014) and "Das Supertalent" (Germany, 2015). Apart from YouTube, Kent works as a physical theatre actor, musician and street performer in Los Angeles.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at