Globetrotters Create Trick Shot Machine with Georgia Tech Students

(ATLANTA, Feb.  20, 2018) – The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters teamed up with students from Georgia Tech’s colleges of Industrial Design and Music to create an amazing “Rube Goldberg” machine that sends a basketball into a hoop. The video can be seen below.

The shot was completed in just a few hours of filming at the school’s Digital Fabrication Lab. Harlem Globetrotters star Buckets Blakes, known for amazing trick shots, visited Georgia Tech’s campus to make it happen.

“It was amazing to see what these students designed and built. The way the machine sent the ball through the different parts was mesmerizing. It made my job easy!” said Blakes.

The semester-long project involved 34 students building the Rube Goldberg machine, which consisted of 12 different machine complications and culminated in the ball going through the hoop. The accompanying soundtrack was created by students from the College of Music and was set up to play as the ball was going through the various parts of the machine.

The Globetrotters are gearing up for four games in the Atlanta area, with two games at Infinite Energy Arena on March 3, and two more games at Philips Arena on March 10. Tickets can be purchased at

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