Team # 299: 8B Engineering Team TEAM PAGE

Gardens School of Technology Arts
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States

Online Contest:
Open An Umbrella
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Erin Ryan
Team Members: 8
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"When I reach for the edge of the universe, I do it knowing that along some paths of cosmic discovery, there are times when, at least for now, one must be content to love the questions themselves." ~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Why we think we should win:
We have been patient and persistent and we feel this shows our favorite things out of creative and common materials.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Smear jelly on a slice of bread

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

As the honors 8th grade engineering class we incorporated all 6 simple machines into our design as requested by our teacher. We also incorporated hydraulics, a cantilever, and a suspension bridge. We included some of our favorite things such as a roller coaster, basketball, bag with a plastic fish in it, a fishing weight, books, and a model nascar. Our final Rube we decided to name GSOTA Dumpster Diving because so much of it is made from recycled or reused items here at GSOTA.

Our Step List

1. Shoot basketball into hoop
2. Ball rolls down ramp then hits dominoes
3. domino chain tips over a wooden plank
4. The wooden plank sets off the mouse trap
5. Mouse trap hits spoon
6. Spoon hits dominoes
7. Dominoes push pencil
8. Pencil pushes ball 
9. ball rolls down tube into a box 
10. ball comes out from the bottom, hitting dominoes
11. Dominoes hit book
12. Book sets of the scissors
13. Scissors cut string
14. string releases trap door
15. Lead-fishing weight drops from trap door
16. Lead fishing weight rolls down into tube, falling into tin can attached to hydraulic syringe
17. and fishing weight forces the hydraulics to tip wood plank over.
18. Wood hits book domino chain
19. Book pushes nascar model
20. car pushes coaster onto tracks
21. Coaster goes off the tracks and into dominoes
22. Dominoes hit nail that releases golf ball
23. Golf ball sets off upward chain reaction
24. Final golf ball falls onto blue seesaw (fulcrum & lever)
25. Seesaw goes up which releases twine
26. Fish bag falls onto gluestick glued to button that opens umbrella.

  FIN             total steps: 26

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