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Team fails to break record with sprawling chain reaction machine at Detroit science center

  • Team members put the finishing touches on a a chain reaction machine at the Michigan Science Center, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Detroit. The team has failed to set a record for building the largest chain reaction machine. The machine activated Saturday included more than a half-million objects, but lead builder Steve Price says some sections failed, which meant there weren’t enough completed steps to break the record. Organizers say the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps. Price says his machine had between 400 and 500 steps but the number likely fell below 200 with the sections that failed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Team members put the finishing touches on a a chain reaction machine at the Michigan Science Center, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Detroit. The team has failed to set a record for building the largest chain reaction machine. The machine activated Saturday included more than a half-million objects, but lead builder Steve Price says some sections failed, which meant there weren’t enough completed steps to break the record. Organizers say the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps. Price says his machine had between 400 and 500 steps but the number likely fell below 200 with the sections that failed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Judges look over parts of chain reaction machine as Zeal team members discuss the inner workings at the Michigan Science Center, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Detroit. The team has failed to set a record for building the largest chain reaction machine. The machine activated Saturday included more than a half-million objects, but lead builder Steve Price says some sections failed, which meant there weren’t enough completed steps to break the record. Organizers say the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps. Price says his machine had between 400 and 500 steps but the number likely fell below 200 with the sections that failed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Judges look over parts of chain reaction machine as Zeal team members discuss the inner workings at the Michigan Science Center, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Detroit. The team has failed to set a record for building the largest chain reaction machine. The machine activated Saturday included more than a half-million objects, but lead builder Steve Price says some sections failed, which meant there weren’t enough completed steps to break the record. Organizers say the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps. Price says his machine had between 400 and 500 steps but the number likely fell below 200 with the sections that failed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • A building on a chain reaction machine collapses during activation at the Michigan Science Center, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Detroit. The team has failed to set a record for building the largest chain reaction machine. The machine activated Saturday included more than a half-million objects, but lead builder Steve Price says some sections failed, which meant there weren’t enough completed steps to break the record. Organizers say the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps. Price says his machine had between 400 and 500 steps but the number likely fell below 200 with the sections that failed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    A building on a chain reaction machine collapses during activation at the Michigan Science Center, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Detroit. The team has failed to set a record for building the largest chain reaction machine. The machine activated Saturday included more than a half-million objects, but lead builder Steve Price says some sections failed, which meant there weren’t enough completed steps to break the record. Organizers say the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps. Price says his machine had between 400 and 500 steps but the number likely fell below 200 with the sections that failed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

A team at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit has fallen short of building the world's largest chain reaction machine.

Lead builder Steve Price says some sections failed, which meant there weren't enough completed steps to break the record.

The machine activated Saturday featured about a half-million objects, including about 200,000 dominoes and other components including ping pong balls, Hot Wheels tracks and blocks.

Organizers say the current Guinness World Records mark for a Rube Goldberg machine had 300 steps. Price says his machine had between 400 and 500 steps but the number likely fell below 200 after the failures.

Price says he's proud of the team's effort and the scale of what was built.

The machine was called the "Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine."

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