Shakopee Middle School
Shakopee, MN, USA

Online Contest:
Inflate A Balloon and Pop It!
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Shelly Smith / John Oman
Team Members: 12
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Technology Education
Physical Science

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
Work smarter not harder

Why we think we should win:
We did a lot of planning, designing, building and assembling but also needed some luck to pull this off. 373 man hours and 43 attempts needed

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Limit the amount of surface area used by the devices. Videoing a long chain of events can be difficult when spread out.

Welcome to the Shakopee (MN) Middle School team page. Our RGM theme is "Action Movies"....Movies include The Fugitive, Space Balls, Spiderman, Indiana Jones and Braveheart.

Our Step List

Action Movie Themes:

The Fugitive
1.) Pour water into canal which runs through a funnel and into a can
Space Balls
2.) Weight of water in can pulls on a pulley system causing the comb to comb the desert
3.) Comb knocks tennis ball off of platform down on to a lever
4.) Lever sets off dominoes
5.) Dominoes set off a golf ball and a tennis ball down a track
6.) The weight of the tennis ball & golf ball pull on a lever which releases a train car
7.) Train car travels down a ramp and knocks Spiderman free
8.) Spiderman swings through to gently tap a softball
Indiana Jones
9.) Softball rolls down a ramp which turns on the Indiana Jones music and hits the Newton’s Cradle
10.) Newton’s Cradle sets dominoes in motion and fall into a bucket
11.) Bucket pulls on a lever
12.) Lever sets a marble in motion down a ramp
13.) Marble travels through a funnel and sets off a mouse trap
14.) Mouse trap pulls on a string which triggers a Nerf gun
15.) Nerf dart is shot and hits a golf ball
16.) Golf ball rolls down a ramp
17.) Golf ball hits a wagon and it rolls down a ramp
18.) Wagon releases a trebuchet
19.) Trebuchet pulls on a string which releases a marble

Inflate and Pop It
20.) Marble travels through a funnel to set off a mouse trap
21.) Mouse trap pulls on a string connected to a wood pin
22.) With the pin pulled out, a set of levers squeeze the handle of an air hose. Air hose inflates balloon until it pops.

Our Close-ups: Photos

Our Close-ups: Favorite Step

Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos