Team # 92: Browning Herd of Nerds TEAM PAGE

The Browning School
New York, New York, United States

Open An Umbrella
Host: Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo
Sunday, April 03, 2016
Setup Time: 9:00 AM
Contest Start Time: 11:00 AM
Live Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Melodie Ting
Team Members: 9
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Physical Science - Energy in different forms
Mechanical Engineering - Simple machines

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

Why we think we should win:
We think we have put great pride in our repurposing of old materials in our machine. This took creativity to tie it into a working theme and teamwork to pull all of this together. We had to create, learn and problem solve in an unstructured environment, pulling together perspectives from multiple individuals. We learned to work with each other, creating a space where each voice could be heard and considered.

This machine is held together by duct tape, steel bars, bolts, and hot glue. The inspiration is two-fold. It is designed with an arrangement of colored duct tape supposed to demonstrate our love for DC and Marvel heroes and villains. The machine also has many action figures that we adore. It also demonstrates the use of materials that would otherwise be buried in a landfill. According to the spirit of Rube Goldberg, we took an artistic perspective on things that are discarded. It consists of many pulleys and other interesting ways of transferring energy. We added a water step that really demonstrates our creativity. The whole contraption is made out of the 3 peg boards, two vertically placed and one horizontally. Another factor of this machine is gravity, because the machine starts from up above and ends near the ground and the ball is constantly moving downwards.

Our Step List

1. Barrier is removed
2. Remote sends a wireless signal to the motor that causes the wheel and axle to spin
3. Car starts rolling pulls weight attached to a string
4. Weight falls (activates a pulley system)
5. Pulls up a barrier that is attached to the end of the pulley system
6. Ball released and rolls down a ramp
7. Ball falls through a pinball machine which is connected to another ramp
8. Ball rolls down that ramp
9. Hits a cup with water
10. Then the cup falls over and water goes through a funnel
11. Then goes through a vacuum sealed angled water bottle
12. Water enters a smaller tube causing the rate flow to increase due to smaller volume
13. The water exits the tube and goes down the ramp
14. Water lands into a cup, which is part of another pulley system.
15. Once the cup goes down (pulley)
16. Barrier goes up
17. The ball is released and goes down the ramp
18. Ball hits a barrier and changes direction (acceleration)
19. Ball rolls down another ramp
20. Ball hits another barrier and changes direction (acceleration)
21. Ball rolls down another ramp
22. The smaller ball then hits a bigger ball with the momentum from the ramp
23. The ball lands pushing the cup down,
24. Weight pulls down the pulley which is part of the last pulley system
25. Hammer is released and swings down acting as a first class lever (fulcrum in middle)
26. The hammer then hits the button of the umbrella and opens the umbrella

Our Close-ups: Photos

Our Close-ups: Favorite Step

Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos