Team # 478: Big Bear Middle School TEAM PAGE

Big Bear Middle School
Big Bear Lake, California, United States

Host: San Bernardino County Division I - Ages 11-14 (Middle School)
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Setup Time: 7:30 AM
Contest Start Time: 10:00 AM
Live Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Kathryn Olson
Team Members: 6
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
We have and are currently studying Star Wars (not all of us, though), electrical currents, wind propulsion, medical supplies, fulcrum expertise, mechanics, physics, making, soldering, painting, and of course, being Rube Goldberg Machine makers!

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Do or do not, there is no try."- Master Yoda 1980

Why we think we should win:
The Force is with us... plus we work very hard on our creation, even though we had a month to do this with about only 3 weeks of building (the rest of the time we were planning to build the machine). We have been working constantly and have put a lot of effort in our project. Some of us have even missed important events. Also, as a team we have put many hours spent after school, and have worked over the weekends for our Rube Goldberg Machine. Even with all of this, we still passed through the time disadvantage and together we built an RGM (Rube Goldberg Machine). We went through our up and down moments but always pushed through as a team, never looking down or shoving a defeat in someone's face. We always had each others backs. No matter what steps we were working on individually we always worked collaboratively as a T.E.A.M. Together. Everyone. Achieves. More.!!!

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
We think the challenge next year should be to putting a water bottle in the recycling bin.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Logan’s Hospital Adventure

Once upon a time in a valley far, far away, while working on our Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot, our teammate Logan was hammering in a Lego piece when he accidentally hit his thumb causing a small abrasion. Luckily, his Galaxy S8 was nearby, so he called 9-1-1. His Mustang's engine was loud enough that Logan was able to make the S.O.S. sound by revving his engine. The pilot of the helicopter, Sergeant Gallagher, was able to hear the engine's S.O.S. pattern, so he was able to spot Logan and land to evacuate him. The medical evacuation helicopter swooped in and picked Logan up to go to the hospital somewhere in the Pacific Ocean islands because his injury was so horrific. They called in the specialist Pikachu to examine him. The medical team ended up sending Logan back to California on a little sailboat thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean. The sailboat hit a rock, rocketing Logan into a gigantic Newton’s Cradle at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The kinetic energy came back and threw Logan 12.5 miles away into Huntington Memorial Hospital’s parking lot. Afterward, the medical team, consisting of Cannon Enthusiast Nelson, sent Logan through a cannon, speeding him to the Big Bear mountains. Logan rolled 2 miles to the hospital in Big Bear and raced through the hospital’s halls. Our whole team came to visit him and came up with a solution to fix his injury. Luckily, the hospital had a special Lego Mindstorm robot developed by Doctor DeGree but programmed by Doctors Spink and Chen. With the use of the Lego Mindstorm's, the are able to apply a Band-aid to Logan’s injured thumb. We successfully completed our “surgery” on Logan!!!

Our Step List

1.The nail is pulled causing the hammer hit the side of a shelf.
2.The shelf rotates, making a ball roll.
3.The ball hits a switch which turns on a water wheel.
4.The water wheel creates an electric connection turning on a mini helicopter.
5.The helicopter wings hit another golf ball, triggering on a switch.
6.The switch turns on a fan, release the boat from the bandaid.
7.The fan air pushes a sailboat by ripping off a Band-Aid that’s attached to the sailboat.
8.The sailboat hits a baseball.
9.The baseball rolls into a lever.
10.The lever activates a newton's cradle.
11.The newton’s cradle hits a pair of tweezers through a narrow pipe.
12.The tweezers hit a ball which rolls down a makeshift tube.
13.The ball hits a button on the Ev3 robot.
14.The Ev3 rolls forward and applies the Band-Aid.

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