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Mark Braxton Rober (born: March 11, 1980 (1980-03-11) [age 42]), is an American engineer, former NASA employee, Inventor, and YouTuber best known for his popular science-related videos, useful do-it-yourself gadgets, and creative ideas. One of his more popular inventions includes a package thief glitter bomb trap, and an automatic bullseye dartboard. In October of 2019, he and fellow YouTuber MrBeast started the campaign #TeamTrees to raise enough money to plant 20 million trees by 2020. A goal which was later completed within 2019. Two years later, in October of 2021, Mark and MrBeast made another campaign called #TeamSeas which helped remove over 30 million pounds of trash out of the ocean in a year.

As an engineer, Mark spent nine years working with NASA, with seven of those years spent working on the Curiosity rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is now on Mars. Rober left NASA in June 2013 when he left to pursue "Digital Dudz", a range of Halloween costumes that integrate mobile apps with clothing, which then he sold to Morphsuits, for two years. As of recently, he was presented with an opportunity to return to his Engineering roots to do some ideation type of work for a tech company near San Francisco.

Rober is also the host of a popular science TV show on the Science Channel called The Quick And The Curious.

Personal life

Rober grew up in Orange County, California. He earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree from the University of Southern California. Rober currently lives in the city of Sunnyvale, in Santa Clara County, with his wife and son. Numerous Sunnyvale locations are featured in his videos, including Las Palmas park and Trader Joe's Sunnyvale.

In order to raise awareness about autism, Rober tweeted out his support for those with Autism, referencing his son who has the condition. His subsequent fundraiser for NEXT For Autism has been widely criticised by autistic people, due to issues with the charity.[1]

Early Career

Mark Rober joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2004. There, he worked for nine years, seven of which were spent working on the Mars Curiosity rover, which is now currently on Mars and is entering its 9th year of being on the surface of Mars.[2] He designed and delivered hardware on several JPL missions, including AMT, GRAIL, SMAP, and Mars Science Laboratory. While at NASA, Mark was one of the primary architects for "JPL Wired", which was a comprehensive knowledge capture wiki. He published a case study about applying wiki technology in a high-tech organization to develop an "Intrapedia" for the capture of corporate knowledge.[3]

Mark Rober even secretly worked for Apple in their Product Design sector as a Mechanical Engineer, he worked there for four years from 2015 to 2019.[4]


  • He gave a TEDx speech entitled How To Come Up With Good Idea and another entitled "The Super Mario Effect - Tricking Your Brain into Learning More."
  • He has also made numerous appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
  • Mark Rober was nominated for the 2020 tenth annual Streamy Awards in the Learning & Education and Not Profit categories. He won in the Learning and Education category.
  • He tested positive for COVID-19, which he explained in his video filming sharks in the Bahamas. He is feeling better, and is uploading on his monthly schedule again.


Mark Rober won the Award for Best Educational YouTuber in the 2021 Wikitubia Awards.
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