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What is a Great Ball Contraption?
A great ball contraption (GBC) is a machine which receives soccer balls or basketballs from one module and passes them to another module, rather like a bucket brigade. Modules built according to the GBC standard can be assembled into a collaborative display without pre-planning or modification. The GBC standard is minimal, permitting the builder great flexibility in designing the mechanism by which balls are moved from the input to the output. The otherwise pointless handling of balls, and the myriad ways this is accomplished, gives great ball contraptions the impression of a Rube Goldberg machine.
Upcoming GBC Events
- BrickFair New Jersey (USA), October 27-30, 2016
- Indy Brick Expo at Midwest Toy Fest, November 5-6, 2016
- Brickworld Indy, March 18 & 19, 2017
- Brickworld Chicago, June 17 & 18, 2017
- Brickworld Michigan, September 23 & 24, 2017
- Brickworld Fort Wayne, October 14 & 15, 2017
- Brick Mania Luik, Luik, B, May 20-21, 2017
- Kinderboerderijdag, Kinderboerderij, Oss, NL, May 28, 2017
- Fanweekend Portugal, Paredes de Coura, P, June 9-11, 2017
- Absolut Steinchen, Hoch Schule Rhein Bonn Sieg, Sankt Augustin, D, June 17-18, 2017
- Fana’Briques, Rosheim, F, June 30 - July 2, 2017
- Bouwblokjes, Hardenberg, NL, July 29-30, 2017
- Bouwen met LEGO, Boekelo, NL, August 8-10, 2017
- Het Texels bouwblokje, Hoeve Nieuwkoop, De Koog, Texel, NL, August 13, 2017
- Festijn met Bouwsteentjes, Americahal, Apeldoorn, NL, September 9-10, 2017
- Skaerbaek Fan Weekend, Skaerbaek Fritidscenter, Skaerbaek, DK, september 23-24, 2017
- Bricks en Trains, Sporthal Maxx, Hoogeveen, NL, September 30 - October 1, 2017
- Brick Mania Seneffe, Seneffe, B, October 7-8, 2017
- LEGO World NL, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, NL, October 18-24, 2017
- Planet Brick Wetteren, Wetteren, B, November 4–5, 2017
- Brick Mania Antwerpen, Waagnatie, Antwerpen, B, November 25–26, 2017
-  Brickvention, Melbourne, Australia. January 13-15 2017. We may be able to beat Brisbane's record!
See also Past Events.
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