December 11, 2023

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Boulder-Based Big Wheel Beverages Is a Snow Cone Vendor Like No Other

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By 2020, 42-year-old Katrin Iken had spent two decades working a desk job, most recently in operations at a container manufacturing company. When the pandemic shut schools down, her family decided to temporarily relocate from Boulder to North Carolina and focus on home-schooling their two middle-school children.

During physics lessons, Iken was looking for fun Youtube videos to explain simple machines to her kids when she ran across Be the Hamster, a Rube Goldberg machine constructed by hobbyist tinkerer Joe Donoughe. The human-powered apparatus produced snow cones and frozen beverages, and it was mesmerizing, Iken recalls.

Participants spun handles, worked conveyor belts, and used levers and pulley systems to move and fill a cup of ice before¬†climbing into a seven-foot tall wheel and…

Helen Xu

2023-05-08 12:46:00

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