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TAYLOR – Breaths were baited as more than 200 people crowded the bleachers of the Trillium Academy gym in Taylor in July to watch the uninterrupted toppling of nearly 250,000 dominoes.
The display that took a team of 19 domino artists and chain reaction builders a full week to make, came down in just over 15 minutes. This year’s “Game On!” theme of Zeal Credit Union’s Incredible Science Machine featured dominoes arranged as video games, board games and a variety of sports.
Lead builder Steve Price, Canton native and Michigan State University graduate, surprised the audience before the dominoes toppled to announce that the team was attempting to break three national records, not just one.
The team was seeking to break the record for the most dominoes toppled; the largest domino field, a Pokemon display; and largest structure, a Game Over build.
After making last-minute checks to make sure everything was ready, Price invited the team, who ranged in age from 13 to 31, to introduce themselves. They included builders from California to the East Coast, Canada, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
The audience also included domino and chain reaction enthusiasts who traveled hundreds of miles to watch the record breaking event.
Making the drive to Michigan from Toronto with her husband and three sons was Jas Bimrah. This was the third year for the family to attend the Incredible Science Machine event.
“It’s a great opportunity for my son Aaron, 11, to meet builders he communicates with online,” Bimrah said. “As a parent, it’s a great way to expose kids to science, and the hard work and patience that goes into building a domino rally or chain reaction machines.”
The honor of starting the chain reaction was given to 7-year-old Sebastian Krage, a Detroit-area resident and member of Incredible Domino Workshops, sponsored by Zeal Credit Union. The workshops are held monthly at local libraries.
Everyone was on their feet when the chain reaction began, shouting and screaming as their favorite structures and displays came down. With 10 seconds to go on the scoreboard, a buzzer sounded, and the final Game Over structure came toppling down. Cheers erupted throughout the crowd.
Final results revealed three new U.S. records set with the most dominoes toppled at 245,732, the largest domino field of 12,450, and the largest domino structure of 12,780.
None were more delighted with the success of the Incredible Science team than its sponsor, Zeal Credit Union.
“Passion, dedication, and hard work is what led the team to success,” Zeal Youth and Community Development Coordinator Tiffany Sweet said. “And, that’s exactly what we’re all about at Zeal.”
Sweet also expressed appreciation to all the builders and their families, the attendees who traveled from near and far, Trillium Academy for use of its gym, and for all the media that helped promote and cover the record breaking event.
For more information and to view a video of Zeal Credit Union’s Incredible Science Machine: Game On! , go to www.IncredibleScienceMachine.com.
“When you watch the video, you’ll understand why it took a team of 19 chain reaction builders and domino artists a full week to set up, and less than 15 minutes to topple down,” Sweet said. “Their ingenuity, hard work and passion … can’t help but impress you.”