Our machine is called "A Day in the Life of a Pickle". It starts out at a cucumber farm, goes through a pickle factory, a grocery store, and finally to a consumer's home where the pickle is put into a refrigerator and the refrigerator light turns off! There are five simple machines in the contraption as well as many transfers of energy as the little cucumber travels from farm to table.
Our Step List
Step 1. Release the screw at the top of the hill.
Step 2. The weight on the end of the screw will transfer energy to a ball at the top of an inclined plane.
Step 3. The ball will roll down the inclined plane.
Step 4. The ball will transfer energy to a wheel and axle.
Step 5. The wheel and axle will slowly roll down the remaining inclined plane.
Step 6. The axle will transfer energy to a jenga block which will set off a series of dominoes.
Step 7. The dominoes goes through a "factory" and up a set of steps. At the top of the step, the last domino will transfer energy to a car (wheel and axle).
Step 8. The car will then roll down a small inclined plane.
Step 9. The wheel and axle will transfer energy into a ball, which will roll into another set of dominoes.
Step 10. A domino will transfer energy again into a metal ball which will roll slowly through a tunnel.
Step 11. The ball will transfer energy to another domino.
Step 12. The final domino will transfer energy by bumping into a ball that is waiting at the top of a ramp.
Step 13. The ball will roll down an inclined plane and transfer energy by dropping into a pulley system.
Step 14. The pulley system will transfer energy by releasing a lever that has a metal bucket of marbles weighing it down.
Step 15. At the end of the lever, a ball is released and energy is transferred down a funnel and tube.
Step 16. At the end of the tube is a "push light". The ball transfers energy to turn off the light.
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