Youngest builder of Incredible Science Machine is from Michigan
TAYLOR – At 13 years old, Brady Dolan of Ann Arbor is the youngest domino artist on Zeal Credit Union’s Incredible Science Machine team; however, he’s not the least experienced.
Dolan, a student at Forsythe Middle School in Ann Arbor, will participate for his third year on the ISM team, which includes domino and chain reaction machine builders from the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Dolan and lead builder Steve Price, a native of Canton Township, are the only members of the team from Michigan.
On July 30, the ISM team will attempt to break the record for the most dominoes toppled in the United State, more than 250,000. In 2016, the ISM broke the Guinness World Record for the largest domino circle field.
This year — its third — Zeal Credit Union’s Incredible Science Machine: Game On! event will include dominoes arranged as video games, board games and game shows. It will be held at 2 p.m. July 30, in the gymnasium of Trillium Academy, 15740 Racho Blvd.
Brady’s mom, Annemarie Dolan, described how her son’s participation and enthusiasm for domino building has opened the door for new opportunities and allowed him to share the art of domino toppling with others.
A recent talent show at Forsythe Middle School featured a video of one of Brady’s domino projects. His videos are also viewed on YouTube under the user name of bpdoles. Dolan’s personal collection of 20,000 dominoes will be among the more than 250,000 in the July 30 chain reaction.
“Brady has a true zeal for domino art,” said Lisa Fawcett, vice president of marketing for Zeal Credit Union. “He exhibits a passionate devotion to his craft and to his team. Watching Brady in action makes it clear why we have supported the ISM team for the last three years.”
“Thanks to Zeal Credit Union’s support, these builders are able to totally focus on their art,” Annemarie Dolan said. “Zeal is very responsive to every need.”
Event tickets are currently available at all 12 Zeal Credit Union branch locations throughout metropolitan Detroit. The $5 cost benefits students in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program.
People interested in talking with Dolan and other builders are also welcome to attend a free meet-and-greet with demonstrations from 5 to 7 p.m. July 27 at the Southland Center, 23000 Eureka Road.
Videos of the ISM events in 2015 and 2016 have received a combined total of 13 million views on YouTube, said Tiffany Sweet, the credit union’s youth and community development coordinator. Individual builders have received more than 50 million views on YouTube videos they have posted.
“It takes more than 15 minutes for the Incredible Science Machine to topple, so until you witness the event, it’s hard to imagine the thousands of dominoes and hundreds of other everyday items that go into this,” Sweet said.
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