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.

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BAE Systems Offers ARCHER Wheeled Howitzer for U.S. Army’s 155 mm Gun System

BAE Systems has proposed its ARCHER howitzer in response to the U.S. Army’s request for proposals for a 155 mm wheeled gun system. ARCHER is a fully automated weapon system that provides highly responsive and versatile fire support to troops in combat.

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BAE Systems’ ARCHER is a fully automated weapon system that provides highly responsive and versatile fire support to troops in combat. (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems is offering ARCHER for participation in the Army’s plans to conduct a “shoot off” evaluation early next year at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The Army’s RFP, released on July 30, looks to evaluate mobile howitzers in support of future Army requirements. ARCHER is already in service with the Swedish Army with the highest technical and manufacturing readiness levels.

“ARCHER is a mature, proven system that can quickly get into the fight and strike enemy targets at long ranges, with a high rate of fire and very fast displacement times, and is made for combat against large power adversaries,” said Chris King, director of business development at BAE Systems. “With a fully automated system, soldiers can execute their mission with minimal physical exertion and time, while remaining under cover in the armored cabin. The cab protection, fast shoot and scoot times and its extended range all enhance survivability and sustain fire support in harsh combat conditions.”

ARCHER brings a single, fielded package of capabilities that would provide U.S. soldiers with responsiveness and flexibility that far exceed current capabilities. ARCHER is typically operated by a crew of three to four soldiers but can be operated by only one.

ARCHER can fire within 30 seconds of receiving an order. It can then depart its firing position within 30 seconds, minimizing the enemy’s ability to effectively return fire. Its magazine carries 21 rounds and can unload all of them in less than three minutes. ARCHER can fire the BONUS anti-armor munition up to 35 km, conventional munitions up to 40 km, and currently fielded precision-guided munitions like Excalibur in excess of 50 km. BONUS and Excalibur are currently in the U.S. Army’s inventory.

ARCHER is manufactured by BAE Systems Bofors, which is based in Karlskoga, Sweden.

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Katarina Tolgfors, BAE Systems Bofors
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Rebecca Surtees, BAE Systems, Inc.
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