Team # 353: Applanche TEAM PAGE

The Alternative School for Math and Science
Corning , NY, United States

Online Contest:
Open An Umbrella
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Jenna Chervenic
Team Members: 4
Invitations: 0



What we're studying:
1.Chemistry
2.Planetary Science


Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
Where is my phone?

Why we think we should win:
We think we should win because we worked hard for months to get our machine completed. We implemented as many supersitions as we could and we think the superstition theme is very relevant to the task. We had many setbacks but when we worked together we accomplished a simple task with a complicated machine. Unfortunaly we all lost some luck in the proccess of running the machine.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Pour a cup of coffee.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

The "Justified Acts of Superstition" is a machine centered around superstition, going along with opening an umbrella indoors at the end. Our machine only runs once in a BLUE MOON as aliens pass by Earth. The moon runs into the spacecraft which falls down on some dominoes. The THIRTEEN DOMINOES fall and release a BLACK CAT with a giant SEVEN LEVER. The cat runs into a golf club which throws a golf ball onto hole THIRTEEN. While going through the golf course, the ball SPILLS SOME SALT and gets a HOLE IN ONE. Underneath, the ball runs into a smaller metal ball which is closing a circuit. When the ball is pushed off, the powered electromagnet releases a LUCKY 8 BALL. The now released ball knocks over a LUCKY HORSESHOE draining all of the luck out. The shoe simultaneously falls and SMASHES A MIRROR while pulling off the restraint of the umbrella. With nothing holding the umbrella's shaft up, the bottom falls down, OPENING AN UMBRELLA INDOORS.

Our Step List

1. Blue moon rolls to UFO
2. UFO knocks over 13 dominoes
3. Domino to Lucky 7 lever
4. Lucky 7 lever releases black cat
5. Black cat rolls to Golf club
6. Golf Club hits golf ball
7. Golf ball spills salt
8. Golf ball hits small metal ball
9. Small metal ball disconnects large metal ball from electromagnet
10. Big metal ball rolls to release pad
11. Release pad to horseshoe stick
12. Horseshoe stick to umbrella restraint
13. Restraint releases umbrella platform
14. Horseshoe breaks mirror
15. Platform releases weights
16. Weights move to open umbrella

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