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July Reuse & Rethink: Marker Caps Winner!

Congratulations to this month’s Reuse and Rethink contest winner, Lucas, C! The challenge this month was to make something out of marker caps and eight year old Lucas created an amazing, infinite marble maze. Here’s how it works:
The two boards overlap and you start in the red section and at the end of the first board, the marble falls onto the second board in the green section. Here, you follow the path to the little hole in the corner in the blue section. The hole is aligned with the starting point in the red section.”
His mom says this project is a real winner with all kids and he has been eager to challenge all kids he meets to do the maze. We’re very impressed with your creative use of marker caps and appreciate that your creation is able to bring joy to others. Enjoy your ACR gift card!
Thanks to everyone else who participated! Your entries inspire us!


June Reuse and Rethink Contest: Rube Goldberg Machines


This month, we challenge you to use reused items in your home to create a Rube Goldberg machine! Named after a famous American cartoonist, a Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Create a series of simple objects that perform an action, triggering the next action, ultimately resulting in a singular goal. Please see the video below for an example!

June 30th, 2020

– Materials must be reused
– You MUST incorporate a ladle and toilet or paper towel roll in your machine (so we know you made the video!)
– The submissions will be judged on three qualities: creativity, use of reused materials, and functionality of the machine
– Videos can be no longer than 3 minutes
– Submissions must be made on or before the deadline

A free bucket voucher from ACR and a $5 gift card

Please send a video of your machine, your contact info, and a short description of materials used to rethink@austincreativereuse.org. Winner will be notified and announced on social media!

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