The functioning installation can be seen at The Works Museum in Bloomington.

St. Paul native and U of M grad Austin Granger has been playing with toys most of his life. Nevermind that he's a grown adult, he's also a computer science major, engineer and Youtube sensation. One of his favorite toys to play with, given his talents and abilities, is the hands-on construction system K'nex.

Granger's latest installation is also a record-holder for the largest K'nex ball machine currently standing and can be seen at The Works Museum in Bloomington, MN. Austin posted a video of the installation, which was completed earlier this year, to Youtube.

"It stands 23 feet tall with over 115,000 pieces," Granger shares in the video's caption. "It has a computer-controlled dual elevator lift which sends balls down 12 different paths adding up to over 850 feet of track. It took one year to build."

The Works Museum is a hands-on children's museum that teaches kids to think like an engineer. Granger's K'nex machine is a permanent installation at the museum and can be seen in the lobby.

According to Granger's Youtube bio, he typically builds between 4 and 6 large projects per year. Only 80% of them make it to Youtube. Watch the video above or -- better yet -- take the kids to The Works Museum to see it in person and play for themselves!

Newsletter Sign Up Form

Enter your email to receive our latest news directly to your inbox!

Download The Mix 94.9 Mobile App