Former NASA Engineer, Mark Rober, Builds 'Ninja Warrior' Obstacle Course to Get Rid of Thieving Squirrels

by admin May 25, 2020 at 1:04 am

After parting ways with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Mark Rober has spent most of his time creating videos on YouTube that focus on engineering and scientific concepts through a bunch of fun and elaborate experiments. For example, a couple of years ago, Rober spent time at a local carnival to determine which games players have a chance of winning using physics.


(Photo : Screenshot from: Mark Rober Instagram Account)

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Reports from Gizmodo shared that for his latest video, Rober was inspired by an attempt to go on bird watching as another way to pass the time during the global coronavirus pandemic. But his experience which was disturbed by a group of local squirrels that managed to overcome squirrel-proof bird feeders he found on Amazon. 

Rober is well known on social media as someone who overengineers strange yet fun inventions. He twice produced a glitter bomb to punish parcel thieves. He has now been focusing on thieving squirrels.

“Instead of just engineering a bird feeder that could effectively stop squirrels, Rober built an entire American Ninja Warrior-inspired obstacle course in his backyard for them, including everything from trap doors and mazes to even a catapult-and starting with the impossible ladder bridge challenge featured in his expose of carnival games. But Rober completely underestimated his opponents,” Gizmodo said. 

Former NASA Engineer, Mark Rober, builds ‘Ninja Warrior’ obstacle course to get rid of thieving squirrels