April 3rd is the first night of Passover, a time when Jewish families remember the Israelites escape from Egypt. At a Passover meal there’s always a traditional Seder Plate at the table but you’ve never seen one presented quite like this.
Students at Technion in Israel created this an elaborate machine that tells the tale of Passover using a highly engineered chain reaction system, the kind that is attributed to the complicated works of Rube Goldberg.
To tell the story, the students used kinetic energy to power a number of tricks, like a plague of origami frogs that fall from the ceiling or a domino effect of Matzo that collapses to provide momentum for the next reaction.
These are students of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Town Planning so it’s no wonder that they were able to create such a fun and informative way to portray the story of Passover.
While they left out a few of the 10 plagues, they still managed to include Baby Moses in the Basket, the Burning Bush, Plague of Blood, Plague of Frogs, Plague of Hail, Plague of Darkness and the Splitting of the Sea. We don’t need to see painful boils, anyway.
The best part of this contraption has to be the text message to Pharaoh: “Let my people go.” How very modern. Finally at the end of the two-minute long routine the Seder Plate is revealed in celebration. Mazel Tov to the engineering students!
Check out a behind the scenes video explaining how the whole thing was done.