The Super Mario Effect - Tricking Your Brain into Learning More | Mark Rober | TEDxPenn

When 50,000 of Mark Rober's 3 million MNmore subscribers participated in a basic coding challenge, the data all pointed to what Rober has dubbed the Super Mario Effect. The MNmore star and former NASA engineer describes how this data-backed mindset for life gamification has stuck with him along his journey, and how it impacts the ways he helps (or tricks) his viewers into learning science, engineering, and design. Mark Rober has made a career out of engineering, entertainment, and education. After completing degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and the University of Southern California, Rober joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2004. In his nine years as a NASA engineer, seven of which were on the Mars rover Curiosity team, Rober worked on both the Descent Stage (the jet pack that lowered the Rover to the surface) and some hardware on the Rover top deck for collecting samples. In 2011, Rober’s iPad-based Halloween costume helped launch both his creative costume company, Digital Dudz, and his MNmore channel, which now boasts 3 million subscribers and 400 million views. His videos focus on creative ideas and science- and engineering-based pranks and activities. Rober is a regular guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". Today, he does research and development work for a large technology company in Northern California, where he lives with his wife and son. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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    I literally just made an RPG style game based progress book for my studies and this was recommended a few hours later. I swear these algorithms are listening through my head.

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    Does anybody know the music at the beginning?

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    This is one of my favourite talks ever😍

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    Mark rober you helped me get through a very hard sick day (Today) and you are my favorite MNmorer I don’t know if I can donate but if anyone comments how I can I will donate Love Colbster1121

  9. David Wayne Ryan

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    so wait , you're saying negative reinforcement gets the job done in less than half the time? sure it may not be a good job but it saved time and money. i'll take it. I"ll take the Bowser effect thank you. He's got eight castles.

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    Back in 7th grade, our science teacher had us launch paper roll rockets from a compressed air pump and I have never had as much fun in that class than I have ever seen. My rocket literally looked like i pulled it from the dumpster, and I managed to get mine very far. Some of my classmate's rockets looked like they were made by a professional, but they would totally flop. They would either break apart due to the pressure or were too heavy to fly far. That was my favorite class. Edit: Added words.

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  24. Mark Robinson

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    Sadly, life is not Super Mario Brothers. Life requires success within a time limit. As an Engineer I can tell you: I am not *allowed* to fail dozens of times in order to succeed. I have to succeed the first time out. Life is like that, and it's best that you learn that sooner than later.

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  28. libertynindependence


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    I don't really like this guy but he's right on here. Sal Khan has a Ted Talk bout this same concept. Just because someone is quick to pick something up doesn't mean they are good at it, and just because someone is slow doesn't mean they are bad.

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  31. Nick Johnson

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    His talk is appealing, but I'm not sure his examples are consistent with his theory. In Super Mario, his character gets killed when he does something wrong, which is definitely disappointing and negative feedback, just like losing 5 meaningless points in his first example. The same thing applies to his last example, where his bicyclist falls down over rocks, etc, whereas the steady climb up is more like the people in the first example who don't lose any points. That being said, it's true that most education could be designed to be presented in a much more interesting way.

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  34. Colin Reynolds

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    Damn. I had this idea decades ago for applying gamification (though that word hadn't been invented yet) to data input. I was an accounts clerk at the time; one of my tasks was matching receipts against invoices. I thought: have the invoices move across the screen, and you have to shoot the ones that the receipt paid (like Space Invaders). I really wish I'd run with that idea....

    • Mobbs 8

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      sounds like a great idea. I always applied gamification where I worked (mostly office-based jobs). I believe it's going to take over the world when AR technology matures. The whole world would be like Pokemon Go.

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    Now I wanna play super Mario...

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    His presentation was insane; NO DOUBT, but am asking about the name of introductory music track, I LLLOVE IT🤩, any help??

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    Mark is totally roght this happemd to me during one of his videos. I learned about kinetic energy while having fun with an egg drop challenge!! (great video by the way!)

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    Great video that I use for teaching students about mindset.

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    This video held the students' interest. : ) Thank you for the positive messages about changing perceptions of learning.

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