Inside YouTuber Mark Rober’s workshop, rocket-powered golf clubs and a giant Nerf gun

Some people might call Mark Rober the world’s biggest kid.



Mark Rober wearing a hat: Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, talks to "Nightline" about launching his YouTube career and the work he does to inspire kids now.


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Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, talks to “Nightline” about launching his YouTube career and the work he does to inspire kids now.

The former NASA engineer turned YouTube sensation has amassed 15 million subscribers through videos of larger than life science experiments, like building the world’s largest Nerf gun or a bowling ball that only makes strikes.

Rober says he makes these videos because he’s “passionate” about getting people “just stoked” about science and engineering.

“That’s kind of my M.O. Like, all of my videos essentially drive back to that point,” Rober said. “So I’ll suck people in with something big, like, world’s largest Nerf gun, world’s largest Super Soaker, but at the end of the day, it’s about telling them about the science of what’s going on there.”



a man sitting on a motorcycle: YouTuber Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, shows "Nightline's" Ashan Singh a giant Nerf gun that he'd built.


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YouTuber Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, shows “Nightline’s” Ashan Singh a giant Nerf gun that he’d built.

“Nightline” caught up with Rober last year, before the coronavirus pandemic began. But while much of the world stopped, Rober, who has been making videos for nine years, continued experimenting. The scientist even documented his isolation following a positive COVID-19 test in a Shark Week video.

Rober says he discovered his gift for physics, chemistry and math at a young age.

“High school physics was a big deal for me,” he said. “That’s when it finally clicked for me that you could just explain the world around you… And so, a lot of my videos come down to physics principles. I’m trying to explain to people, like, ‘This world is magical but magical in a way that if you understand how it works, you can predict the future and you can make cooler things.”



Mark Rober wearing a hat: Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, talks to "Nightline" about launching his YouTube career and the work he does to inspire kids now.


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Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, talks to “Nightline” about launching his YouTube career and the work he does to inspire kids now.

Rober spent nine years at NASA, working in its jet propulsion lab. For seven of those years, he worked on the Curiosity rover, which was sent to Mars in 2011. He said that every so often, he’ll sit in his backyard and look up at the sky at a “little dot” that is Mars.

“To know that something I’ve touched and designed and tested is roving on that little dot in the sky, 90 million miles away, it’s a cool feeling,” he said.



Mark Rober et al. taking a selfie: YouTuber Mark Rober and "Nightline's" Ashan Singh inside Rober's San Franscisco Bay Area workshop, where Rober shows Singh a version of a glitter bomb he used to prank a package thief.


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YouTuber Mark Rober and “Nightline’s” Ashan Singh inside Rober’s San Franscisco Bay Area workshop, where Rober shows Singh a version of a glitter bomb he used to prank a package thief.


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It was while Rober was working for NASA that he produced his first video, in which he demonstrated a Halloween costume that used two iPads to make it seem as if he’d had a hole blown through his torso. The video racked up nearly 10 million views.

“That was a

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Sports on TV, November 30-December 6: NFL, MLS playoffs, college football and basketball, golf, soccer and more

The following is a glance at sports on TV, including channels, radio listings and game times for local games and national sporting events for November 30-December 6, 2020. Frequent TV channel numbers are listed at the bottom of the page. Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts. All times Pacific.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30

NFL

5:15 p.m.

ESPN — Seattle at Philadelphia, KXTG (750), KFXX (1080), KGON (92.3)

SOCCER

9:30 a.m.

NBCSN — Premier League: Fulham at Leicester

Noon

NBCSN — Premier League: Aston Villa at West Ham

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

9 a.m.

ESPN2 — Texas vs. Davidson

11:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — Indiana vs. Providence

3 p.m.

ESPNU — St. John’s vs. Boston College

4 p.m.

ESPN2 — North Carolina vs. UNLV

FS1 — Eastern Kentucky at Xavier

ACCN — William & Mary at NC State

4:30 p.m.

Pac-12 — Nicholls State at California

5 p.m.

ESPNU — Kansas City at Kansas State

BTN — Loyola Marymount at Minnesota

SECN — Texas State at Mississippi State

6 p.m.

FS1 — Iona at Seton Hall

6:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — Stanford vs. Alabama

Pac-12 — Long Beach State at UCLA

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

6 p.m.

Carroll at Oregon State

Simpson at Portland State

8 p.m.

NBCSNW — Oregon at Portland, KMTT (910)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1

NFL

5 p.m.

NBC — Baltimore at Pittsburgh, KXTG (750)

SOCCER

Noon

NBCSN — Premier League: teams TBD

6:30 p.m.

FS1 — MLS playoffs: Dallas at Seattle

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

7:30 a.m.

CBSSN — Western Kentucky at Charlotte

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

10:30 a.m.

ESPN — Maui Invitational semifinal

11:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — BYU vs. USC

1 p.m.

ESPN — Maui Invitational semifinal

2 p.m.

ESPN2 — Vanderbilt vs. Connecticut

FS1 — Nebraska-Omaha at Creighton

4 p.m.

ESPN2 — Maui Invitational consolation semifinal

FS1 — Oklahoma State at Marquette

4:30 p.m.

ESPN — Michigan State at Duke

6:30 p.m.

ESPN — Kentucky vs. Kansas

ESPN2 — Maui Invitational consolation semifinal

GOLF

Midnight

Golf — European: Dubai Championship

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2

SOCCER

Noon

NBCSN — Premier League: teams TBD

6 p.m.

FS1 — MLS playoffs: Minnesota at Kansas City

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

1 p.m.

FS1 — Spring League final

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

9:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

10:30 a.m.

ESPN — Maui Invitational third-place

Noon

ESPN2 — teams TBD

1 p.m.

ESPN — Maui Invitational final

2 p.m.

ESPN2 — Florida at Oklahoma

4 p.m.

Root — Western Michigan at Notre Dame

ESPN — Gonzaga vs. West Virginia

ESPN2 — Maui Invitational fifth-place

FS1 — Tennessee Tech at Xavier

6:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — Maui Invitational seventh-place

7 p.m.

ESPN — Illinois vs. Baylor

Pac-12 — Oregon State at Washington State, KPOJ (620)/KEX (1190)

GOLF

1 p.m.

Golf — LPGA: Volunteers of America Classic Charity Challenge

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3

NFL

5:20 p.m.

Fox, NFLN — Dallas at Baltimore, KXTG (750)

SOCCER

Noon

NBCSN — Premier League: teams TBD

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

6:30

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Sports on TV, November 2-8: NFL, Breeders’ Cup, college football, soccer, golf, tennis and more

The following is a glance at sports on TV, including channels, radio listings and game times for local games and national sporting events for November 2-8, 2020. Frequent TV channel numbers are listed at the bottom of the page. Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts. All times Pacific.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

NFL

5:15 p.m.

ESPN — Tampa Bay at NY Giants, KXTG (750)

SOCCER

9:30 a.m.

NBCSN — Premier League: West Brom at Fulham

Noon

NBCSN — Premier League: Leicester at Leeds

KBO BASEBALL

1:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — Kiwoom at LG

1:30 a.m. Tuesday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

TENNIS

2 a.m.

Tennis — Paris-ATP

2 a.m. Tuesday

Tennis — Paris-ATP

SWIMMING

7 a.m.

CBSSN — ISL: N 6

COLLEGE SOCCER

10 a.m.

ACCN — Virginia Tech at Notre Dame

HORSE RACING

6:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Melbourne Cup Carnival

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

KBO BASEBALL

1:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

1:30 a.m. Wednesday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

TENNIS

2 a.m.

Tennis — Paris-ATP

2 a.m. Wednesday

Tennis — Paris-ATP

RUGBY

1 a.m. Wednesday

FS1 — RL: New South Wales at Queensland

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

SOCCER

7 p.m.

Fox 12 Plus (KPDX) — MLS: Colorado at Portland, KXTG (750)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4 p.m.

ESPN — Ohio at Central Michigan

ESPN2 — Buffalo at Northern Illinois

CBSSN — Ball State at Miami (Ohio)

5 p.m.

ESPNU — Bowling Green at Toledo

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

2 p.m.

FS1 — Spring League: Blues vs. Aviators

7 p.m.

FS1 — Spring League: Alphas vs. Conquerors

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

3 p.m.

ESPNU — Arkansas at Missouri

GOLF

7 a.m.

Golf — Ladies European: Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic

1:30 a.m. Thursday

Golf — European: Cyprus Showdown

KBO BASEBALL

1:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

1:30 a.m. Thursday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

RUGBY

1 a.m.

FS1 — RL: New South Wales at Queensland

TENNIS

2 a.m.

Tennis — Paris-ATP

2 a.m. Thursday

Tennis — Paris-ATP

BOXING

5 p.m.

FS1 — PBC Fight Night: Stanionis vs. DeLoach

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

NFL

5:20 p.m.

Fox, NFLN — Green Bay at San Francisco, KXTG (750)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4 p.m.

FS1 — Utah State at Nevada

6 p.m.

CBSSN — Wyoming at Colorado State

GOLF

1:30 a.m.

Golf — European: Cyprus Showdown

7 a.m.

Golf — Ladies European: Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic

10 a.m.

Golf — PGA: Houston Open

1:30 a.m. Friday

Golf — European: Cyprus Showdown

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

5 p.m.

ESPNU — teams TBD

KBO BASEBALL

1:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

1:30 a.m. Friday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

SWIMMING

7 a.m.

CBSSN — ISL: N 7

TENNIS

2 a.m.

Tennis — Paris-ATP

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4:30 p.m.

ESPN — Miami at NC State

6 p.m.

CBSSN — San Jose State at San Diego State

6:45 p.m.

FS1 — BYU at Boise State

GOLF

1:30 a.m.

Golf — European: Cyprus Showdown

7 a.m.

Golf — Ladies

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Sports on TV, October 26-November 1: World Series, NFL, college football, soccer, golf and more

The following is a glance at sports on TV, including channels, radio listings and game times for local games and national sporting events for October 26-November 1, 2020. Frequent TV channel numbers are listed at the bottom of the page. Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts. All times Pacific.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26

NFL

5:15 p.m.

ESPN — Chicago at LA Rams, KXTG (750)

SOCCER

10:30 a.m.

NBCSN — Premier League: West Brom at Brighton

SWIMMING

7 a.m.

CBSSN — ISL: N 4

COLLEGE GOLF

Noon

Golf — East Lake Cup

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m. Tuesday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

WORLD SERIES

5 p.m.

Fox — Game 6 (if necessary): Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, KMTT (910)/KFXX (1080)

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

5 p.m.

FS1 — Spring League: Conquerors vs. Generals

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

2:30 a.m. Wednesday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

SWIMMING

7 a.m.

CBSSN — ISL: N 4

COLLEGE GOLF

Noon

Golf — East Lake Cup

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

WORLD SERIES

5 p.m.

Fox — Game 7 (if necessary): Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, KMTT (910)/KFXX (1080)

SOCCER

11:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — Serie A: teams TBD

4:30 p.m.

FS1 — MLS: Atlanta at Orlando

7 p.m.

ESPN — MLS: LA Galaxy at Portland, KXTG (750)

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

2:30 a.m. Thursday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

COLLEGE GOLF

Noon

Golf — East Lake Cup

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

4 p.m.

ESPNU — Georgia at Tennessee

6 p.m.

ESPNU — Kentucky at Missouri

CYCLING

10 p.m.

NBCSN — UCI: Vuelta A España

GOLF

2:30 a.m. Thursday

Golf — European: Cyprus Open

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

NFL

5:20 p.m.

Fox, NFLN — Atlanta at Carolina, KXTG (750)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4:30 p.m.

ESPN — South Alabama at Georgia Southern

7 p.m.

CBSSN — Colorado State at Fresno State

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

2:30 a.m. Friday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

GOLF

2:30 a.m.

Golf — European: Cyprus Open

9 a.m.

Golf —PGA: Bermuda Championship

2:30 a.m. Friday

Golf — European: Cyprus Open

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

4 p.m.

ESPNU — West Virginia at Baylor

6 p.m.

ESPNU — Kentucky at Missouri

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

SOCCER

1 p.m.

NBCSN — Premier League: Crystal Palace at Wolverhampton

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4 p.m.

CBSSN — Marshall at Florida International

4:30 p.m.

ESPN — Minnesota at Maryland

6 p.m.

ESPN2 — East Carolina at Tulsa

6:45 p.m.

FS1 — Hawaii at Wyoming

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

1 a.m. Saturday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

GOLF

2:30 a.m.

Golf — European: Cyprus Open

9 a.m.

Golf —PGA: Bermuda Championship

Noon

Golf — Champions: TimberTech Championship

3 a.m. Saturday

Golf — European: Cyprus Open

AUTO RACING

5 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Truck Series: Hall of Fame 200

3 a.m. Saturday

ESPN — Formula One: Practice 3

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

3 p.m.

ESPN2 — Parkview

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Humble ISD Education Foundation to host flexible golf tournament in November

The Humble ISD Education Foundation will be hosting the 2020 Humble ISD Education Foundation Golf Tournament at Kingwood Country Club on Nov. 13

This year, the foundation will allow competitors to compete at different times so they can social distance while supporting the event. Participants are able to register and schedule a tee time at Kingwood Country Club between Oct. 13 and Nov. 12. Golfers will use an app to enter their score.

“School is in session, which means our teachers need our support. Playing in this tournament is a great way to support Humble ISD educators.” said Daniel Contreras, who is the Chair of the Humble ISD Education Foundation’s Golf Committee.

To register you can go online to www.humbleisdfoundation.org/golf.aspx. Registration will be open to individuals, teams and sponsors. There will be an online action, hole in one prizes, virtual awards ceremony and online vendor shopping. The foundation will provide breakfast and lunch and will hold a live zoom event to announce winners and close the online auction.

The proceeds from the event will support big ideas Humble ISD educators have to bring innovation and creativity into the classroom.


“Humble ISD educators have creative ideas on how to teach in a way that gets kids excited about learning, but these creative ideas sometimes need additional funding,” said Humble ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Jerri Monbaron. This is where the foundation comes in. This charity tournament is critical to the Foundation being able to help these teachers bring innovation to classrooms. We are grateful for the sponsors and golfers who choose to play for a great cause.”

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Sports on TV, October 19-25: World Series, NFL, college football, soccer, golf, tennis and more

The following is a glance at sports on TV, including channels, radio listings and game times for local games and national sporting events for October 19-25, 2020. Frequent TV channel numbers are listed at the bottom of the page. Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts. All times Pacific.

Note: Check back often for updates throughout the week. For a complete list of sports on the air posts, bookmark topics.oregonlive.com/tag/sports%20on%20the%20air/

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19

NFL

2 p.m.

Fox, NFLN — Kansas City at Buffalo

5:15 p.m.

ESPN — Arizona at Dallas, KXTG (750)

SOCCER

9:30 a.m.

NBCSN — Premier League: Burnley at West Brom

Noon

NBCSN — Premier League: Wolverhampton at Leeds

TENNIS

3 a.m.

Tennis — Ostrava-WTA, Antwerp-ATP & Cologne-ATP

3 a.m. Tuesday

Tennis — Ostrava-WTA, Antwerp-ATP & Cologne-ATP

SWIMMING

7 a.m.

CBSSN — ISL: N2

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m. Tuesday

ESPN2 — LG at KT

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

WORLD SERIES

5 p.m.

Fox — Game 1: Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, KMTT (910)/KFXX (1080)

SOCCER

Noon

CBSSN — UEFA Champions League: teams TBD

5 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF League: Arcahaie vs. Verdes

5:30 p.m.

FS1 — MLS: Dallas at Nashville

7 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF League: CD FAS vs. Managua

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — LG at KT

2:30 a.m. Wednesday

ESPN2 — Samsung at KT

TENNIS

3 a.m.

Tennis — Ostrava-WTA, Antwerp-ATP & Cologne-ATP

3 a.m. Wednesday

Tennis — Ostrava-WTA, Antwerp-ATP & Cologne-ATP

CYCLING

10 p.m.

NBCSN — UCI: Vuelta A España

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

WORLD SERIES

5 p.m.

Fox — Game 2: Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, KMTT (910)/KFXX (1080)

SOCCER

7 p.m.

FS1 — Liga MX: Monterrey at Tijuana

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

4 p.m.

ESPNU — Mississippi State at LSU

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — Samsung at KT

2:30 a.m. Thursday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

TENNIS

3 a.m.

Tennis — Ostrava-WTA, Antwerp-ATP & Cologne-ATP

3 a.m. Thursday

Tennis — Ostrava-WTA, Antwerp-ATP & Cologne-ATP

CYCLING

10 p.m.

NBCSN — UCI: Vuelta A España

GOLF

3:30 a.m. Thursday

Golf — European: Italian Open

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

NFL

5:20 p.m.

Fox, NFLN — NY Giants at Philadelphia, KUFO (970)

SOCCER

7:30 p.m.

FS1 — MLS: Portland at Seattle, KXTG (750)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4:30 p.m.

ESPN — Arkansas State at Appalachian State

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

5 p.m.

ESPNU — Florida at Auburn

GOLF

3:30 a.m.

Golf — European: Italian Open

10 a.m.

Golf — LPGA Drive On Championship

2 p.m.

Golf — PGA: Zozo Championship

3:30 a.m. Friday

Golf — European: Italian Open

KBO BASEBALL

2:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — teams TBD

2:30 a.m. Friday

ESPN2 — teams TBD

TENNIS

3 a.m.

Tennis — Ostrava-WTA, Antwerp-ATP & Cologne-ATP

CYCLING

10 p.m.

NBCSN — UCI: Vuelta A España

AUTO RACING

3 a.m. Friday

ESPN2 — Formula One: Practice 1

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

WORLD SERIES

5 p.m.

Fox — Game 3: Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, KMTT (910)/KFXX (1080)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4:30 p.m.

ESPN — Tulsa at South Florida

5 p.m.

BTN — Illinois at Wisconsin

CBSSN — Louisiana at

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