Mark Rober

Former NASA engineer. Current YouTuber and friend of science. Answers to some common questions: 1) I studied Mechanical Engineering in School. I did my undergrad at BYU and Masters at USC. 2) I worked for NASA JPL for 9 years, 7 of which were working on the Curiosity Rover (I made a video about it you should def totes watch cause it's probably my favorite of all my videos). I founded a company called Digital Dudz on my nights and weekends while working at NASA (also made some videos about that) and sold it to the guys who make Morphsuits in the UK. As part of the sale I quit my job at NASA and worked for them coming up with all their new costume ideas for 2 years. Recently, I was presented with an opportunity to return to my Engineering roots to come do some ideation type of work for a tech company near San Francisco. 3) Link to free and therefore substandard build plans for my custom workbench can be found below.


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Look who I spotted on the fence today looking noticeably less phat. Commencing #babywatch2020.

1 month ago | [YT] | 157,426

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Looks like my restaurant patrons grew tired of patiently waiting for the daily ration. I’m terrified to see what kind of yelp review they left. #weregonnaneedabiggerboat

1 month ago | [YT] | 167,432

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Come join me today at 1pm PT for my FINAL LIVE science class! We'll be doing dangerous things like smashing a bunch of glass with rockets and talking about the farthest man made object and I'll explain why this is my last one. See you there and don't be tardy or it's a detention. Link- https://youtu.be/3yjcqsNNa24

2 months ago | [YT] | 1,072

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! My dream job has always been to be a High School Physics teacher so here we go! Come to learn and have fun. I’ll be explaining science topics in simple terms with demos. First live stream lesson topic is “Sound” this Monday at 1pm PT on YouTube.

3 months ago | [YT] | 94,434

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We need your ideas! Next week Jimmy and I will be locking ourselves in a room for 8 hours to finalize all our vigilante justice plans. We genuinely want to make sure we don't miss any, so let us know your pet peeves below.

5 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 3,834

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Hey friends! So I had quite the week and a lot of lines in the water happened to catch fish at the same time. Within the span of 7 days: -I won a Streamy for Science and Education -My new GlitterBomb video hit 20M views in a few days -I announced a TV show I'm creating with Jimmy Kimmel airing on Discovery this summer -TeamTrees hit 20M trees!!!! -My channel hit 10M subscribers!!! Feeling super grateful. You guys are the freaking best. None of those happen without you. I am passionate about Science and Engineering and I love that I get to share that and people seem to care. So thank you!! P.S. I'm doing a Reddit AMA right now to end the decade so come ask any burning questions you've got- https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comment...

6 months ago | [YT] | 75,200

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Officially dope #TeamTrees merch now available for everyone!! 100% of proceeds plant trees!! https://www.shopteamtrees.org/

8 months ago | [YT] | 38,036

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[I POSTED THIS ON MY INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER BUT WANTED TO POST HERE AS WELL] For the last 5 months, every single video of mine has been #1 on YouTube trending and they’re averaging 20M views/video. I have some thoughts on this: Given the recent growth of my channel it’s no secret that I seem to be in the good graces of the YouTube algorithm. A big part of me is obviously stoked about this but I sometimes find myself feeling a sense a guilt. There’s a long list of creators that work just as hard as me that deserve this chance just as much. Even if you try and convince me my content is “better” or “more broadly appealing”, the ratios are still WAY off for that to be more than anything more than a minor casual effect. The thing is, I’ve been consistently grinding and making videos at one per month for 8 years. It took me 4 years to get to 100k subs. I’m now at 8.5M subs and more than half of those are from 2019. My style of videos hasn’t changed that much in 2019 vs 2011-2018. As humans we are really good at using our hindsight bias to convince ourselves we are more in control of things than we really are. For example, if you give 1024 people a coin and give them 10 tries to get as many tails as possible, on average one of them will flip 10 tails in a row (and some unlucky chap will get 10 heads in a row). And yet at that point the media will swoop in and analyze his wrist motion and dissect his training regime and he’ll write books about his life story and how it all prepared him for that moment of greatness. Pretty much all situations in life are a roll of the dice. You can/should do as much as possible to weight the dice but there is always a dice roll. HERE’S THE PUNCHLINE- at some point in the future there will be a regression to the mean and my view numbers will be way down. But as long as I’m still making stuff I’m passionate about, I don’t have to be sad or internalize it as a failure on my part (in the same way I might always tell my friends about that one time I got a royal flush. It doesn’t make sense to be upset that I didn’t keep getting royal flushes after that, I’m just stoked I have the story to tell). I think this outlook helps keep you grounded in life. 10 tails in a row isn’t because you are totally awesome just as 10 heads in a row doesn’t mean you totally suck. It’s just statistics and the truth is somewhere in between. I always do everything I can to stack the dice in my favor but truly internalizing that some big part of what happens is out of my control gives me permission to just feel grateful for the experiences I’ve had and not beat myself up when things don’t go as I hoped. I can still feel happy about life even if the views aren’t what they used to be and at the same time I get to feel stoked for the person that will inevitably take my place... just hopefully later than sooner ;)

10 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 80,526

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I promised my favorite people in my life I wouldn't put up a vid in Jan so we could catch our breath from 2018. That doesn't mean I haven't been working though! Currently building or designing or testing ideas for 6 of my 12 videos for 2019! I've got a lot of exciting things in the works I am beyond stoked to share with you guys. In the meantime here are two videos to hold you over you may not have seen. What it felt like to see Curiosity land after working on her for 7 years (one of my least viewed vids but probably my favorite): https://youtu.be/PCKogFDM3Zg A TEDx talk I gave about how treating life like a video game allows you to learn and succeed more: https://youtu.be/9vJRopau0g0 Thanks for your understanding and for joining me on this crazy ride. -Mark

1 year ago | [YT] | 4,515

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NEW VID! FLYING PHONE SCAM EXPOSED (then I built a REAL one)- It's fun to deep dive on a topic to see how deep you can go sometimes. I was sort of on the fence of whether exposing this guy was right thing to do but seeing the amazon affiliate links pushed me over the edge. I think cynicism is bad but skepticism is good especially in today's world where telling the truth seems to be optional at times. If nothing else hopefully things like this cause people to think critically and do more research before leaping to any conclusions. Thoughts? P.S. Big shout out to Captain D and Peter on this one. Collabs (as the kids say) are really fun and can work well when done like this.

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,130