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Boise Tech Guru Juggling (Blindfolded, No Less) for STEM Research


UPDATE: October 3, 2015

David Rush was successful in his October 2 effort to break the Guinness Book world record for juggling three objects while blindfolded.

Rush juggled non-stop for 6-minutes, 34-seconds, beating the previous Guinness record by 5-seconds. Three official witnesses certified the feat for the Guinness Book.

ORIGINAL POST: October 2, 2015

David Rush juggling, atop Mount Kilimanjaro. - JENNIFER RUSH
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  • David Rush juggling, atop Mount Kilimanjaro.
David Rush is no beginner to juggling; he’s been doing it most of his life.  On some occasions, he has multiple balls in the air, but more often than not, he's jugging major deals for the Boise-based Cradlepoint networking solutions company where he's the Senior Product Manager.

But Friday afternoon in Boise's Basque Block, Rush will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for juggling three objects while blindfolded. More importantly, Rush says he wants to promote greater interest in STEM in a fun and unique way.

“I’ve been practicing for several months for the (juggling) attempt,"  Rush told Boise Weekly. "And I’m definitely nervous about it. The toughest part will be performing on stage. It will be an fun and festive event that I hope will draw attention to STEM education.” 

STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math, core education subjects that serve as the foundation for cutting edge technology-driven companies such as Cradlepoint.

“Cradlepoint is a rapidly growing company and one of the things that is prohibiting it from growing faster is the number of STEM qualified applicants, especially in the Boise area,” Rush told BW.

Rush has juggled just about everywhere, including the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and MIT where his lifelong interest in science and technology was rooted.

“When I was at MIT, I tied my passions together for juggling and technology," said Rush. "That led me to designing a virtual juggling simulator for an electrical engineering course. That simulator wound up winning a prize for being the best undergraduate project produced in that year in EECS (electrical engineering and computer science.)”

The current Guinness Book record for blindfolded jugging stands at 6 minutes, 29 seconds. Guinness-certified official witnesses will be on hand at the Basque Block to document the event.