Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Purdue Engineering Student Council
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Setup Time:
6:30 AM Contest Start Time:
Live Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Michael Otterman - invitation signed.
Silas Johnson - invitation signed.
Nikolas Burland - invitation signed.
Hayden Mesnick - invitation signed.
What we're studying:
We are studying the virtues of tenacity and persistence, as well as circuits, pneumatics and the history of Cleveland. It wasn't entirely planned that way. This isn't part of a class, we are just meeting in a garage and making the machine for fun. Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." Why we think we should win:
We think we should win because Rube Goldberg would enjoy working with us! After being impressed and inspired by the other machines last year, we have come back strong with over 50% more steps, better repeatability, and we still have a variety of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and chemical exchanges. We have had a lot of fun with our theme and enjoyed finding exciting ways to represent the best of Cleveland. We especially like flipping the Cuyahoga River from "blue" to "burning," pneumatically lifting the Key Tower with Superman, and activating our robot with the leg lamp from "A Christmas Story." While there may be other machines there that are also winners, we think ours is definitely a "big win" and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Our machine uses whimsy and a variety of electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and chemical exchanges to capture the spirit of Cleveland while preparing a healthy General Mills breakfast.
Cleveland is hard-working.
Look closely and you will see Cleveland emerge from the industrial revolution. Known as “Station Hope” as part of the underground railroad, hard-working families from the South, immigrants from Europe, and industrial pioneers came together to make our city strong during the industrial revolution. The might of Standard Oil, White Manufacturing Corporation, and the Akron tire and rubber industry pushed Cleveland forward along with many other industries.
Cleveland is entrepreneurial.
From the Wright Brothers in the early 1900’s to NASA Glenn in the 2000’s, Cleveland is always pushing the boundaries. We continue to see this today through our strong entrepreneurship community represented here by Mr. Hero and the Great Lakes Brewing Company. And, we continue to be home to big businesses like Key Bank and Eaton Corporation.
Cleveland is healthy.
While the burning of the Cuyahoga 13 times may not be a source of pride, the resulting pollution controls and ensuing work by the EPA is. Today, the Cuyahoga River is the healthy home to fish and wildlife and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and “emerald necklace” of parks around Cleveland promotes the health of local critters and Clevelanders alike. We are also home to the Cleveland Clinic, consistently rated one of the top hospitals in the world and boasting the number one spot in many specialties such as heart care and cancer research.
Whether you are watching the Indians playing in the World Series or cheering on our hometown hero, LeBron James, Cleveland fans are “All In.” Before the game, stop by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and enjoy your favorite tunes.
Cleveland is for everybody.
Represented as “America’s hometown” in “A Christmas Story,” you can certainly see the family values and local charm in the streets of Cleveland, and often times see a “Major Award” in the windows of local residents around Christmastime. Cleveland is also the hometown of Clark Kent – our favorite adopted immigrant with an unfortunate allergy to Kryptonite.
Cleveland is delicious!
Famous for our fabulous Food Trucks and an Iron Chef, Cleveland draws from its varied history to make great food.
Whether you are carnivore or vegan, practically clean or chaotically curly, black, white, rainbow or any of our other friends, you belong in Cleveland. Because, like the chocolate and peanut butter in our Reese’s cereal - we are more successful (and taste great) when we work together.
Our Step List
1. Edmund Fitzgerald hits Cleveland postcard.
2. Postcard pulls chain to pull support down
3. Cuyahoga River flips from blue to "burning" and FREE stamp flip
4. FREE stamp hits mouse trap.
5. Mouse trap pulls Reese’s Puffs gate
6. Gate releases Wright Brothers plane
7. Wright brothers plane hits Akron gate
8. Gate releases Akron tires
9. Akron tires hit weight with string attached
10. String pulls block under White Manufacturing truck
11. White Mfg Co truck hits weight at end of ramp
12. Weight falls with string attached
13. String pulls support from Rockefeller “oil” can
14. Can spills water
15. Water dissolves sugar between leads
16. Leads connect circuit heating Tungsten wire
17. Tungsten wire burns through plastic
18. Broken plastic releases NASA rocket on rubber bands
19. NASA rocket pulls string attached to Mr. Hero red ball
20. Red ball hits electrical switch
21. Electrical circuit turns on leg lamp
22. Leg lamp light is sensed by EV3 robot
23. Robot hits electrical switch
24. Electrical circuit switches solenoid to turn on piston
25. Air rushes into the piston.
26. Piston lifts Key Tower with Superman
27. Superman hits electrical switch
28. Switch turns on fan
29. Fan blows Cleveland Clinic ambulance off ramp
30. Syringe on ambulance pops balloon
31. Balloon popping releases LeBron James’ basketball ball on ramp
32. Basketball knocks CLE dominoes
33. CLE dominoes hit switch for motor
34. Motor turns gears and Windmill wheel
35. Smuckers jar on windmill wheel dumps cereal in tube
36. Cereal goes into bowl with Edmund Fitzgerald
Our Close-ups: Photos
A maximum of 3 close-ups (scanned diagrams, photos). Images must be JPG or PNG, and less than 5 MB.
Our Close-ups: Task Completion
Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough
Our Machine Run Videos