Team # 555: 8 Crazy Knights TEAM PAGE

Ogdensburg Elementary School
Ogdensburg, NJ, United States

Online Contest:
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Matthew Grogaard
Team Members: 2
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
We are studying everything medieval including monsters, town life, weapons, and mythology.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Not all those who wander are lost" - J.R.R. Tolkien

Why we think we should win:
We believe we should win because of our determination to a well-thought out machine that tells a creative story through a medieval theme. We worked superbly as a team to come up with a cohesive story that not only fit this year's challenge, but that could be woven into every part of our machine. The placement of each step in our machine was a discussion and decision so that the story could be easily seen and comprehended. You will find no other machine that weaves in a theme as well as ours. We are proud of the work we have done together.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
We think next year's challenge should be to tie a shoelace.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Our machine tells a mighty story of a brave knight on an action-filled adventure to save a beautiful princess from the jaws of a terrible dragon. The knight careens through the medieval village towards his damsel in distress while collecting valuable materials such as a suit of armor and a sword from a stone while fighting off villains of all sort. Our brave knight fights through village bullies, a griffin, mermaid temptresses, and a jousting match with his arch nemesis where he receives a mighty wound to the chest. Even though our knight is wounded, he continues on through his trials of bravery towards his beloved and his true destiny. The knight ends his journey coming face to face with the terrible dragon. But, thanks to his quick wit and determination, the knight build and uses a great catapult to defeat the dragon, open the drawbridge and save his princess. Being ever thankful for her rescue, the princess heals our knight's wound with a loving band-aid. The two live happily ever after.

Our Step List

1. Team member pushes villager car down ramp
2. Villager car hits knight car complete with armor across blacksmith shop floor
3. Knight car hits ball that rolls down ramp
4. Ball uses lever on sword in stone figure forcing arm to pull sword out of stone
5. Sword in stone figure's arm moving sets off block shape dominos to fall
6. Last domino hits into ball which rolls down ruler guided ramp
7. Ball knocks down unifix cubes, which are underneath a tape measure
8. Tape measure's weight pulls downs a rope
9. Rope pulls the knight so the two knights joust
10. Unifix cubes under tape measure fall down to knock over glue bottle
11. Glue bottle falls which release lever making hanging glue bottle drop
12. Glue bottle drops to shoot off catapult
13. Catapult fires and knocks down griffin figure which knocks down glue sticks
14. Glue sticks knock into Knight's boat
15. Knight's boat goes down the ramp
16. Knight's boat knocks over floppy disk stack to fire crossbow
17. Crossbow fires at dragon
18. Dragon falls over releasing princess from tower
19. Princess zip-lines down from tower holding band-aid towards waiting knight
20. Princess hits into knight placing band-aid over wound from jousting event

Our Close-ups: Photos

Our Close-ups: Favorite Step

Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos

Machine Run #1
Machine Run #2