CATS- Beyond Books TEAM PAGE

William T. Rogers
Kings Park, NY, USA

Online Contest:
Hammer A Nail

Team Leader: Mrs. Pipolo
Team Members: 19
Invitations: 0



What we're studying:
C.A.T.S. In this class we are able to extend our 6th grade curriculum to a higher level. We have opportunities to use our creativity and problem solving skills in real life situations. We are constantly reflecting on who we are and how we can use our creativity, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and ability to see things in not so obvious ways to help others. Our focus is global citizenship.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Who knew books could be so useful."-students' quote
"When in doubt use duct tape."- students' quote
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Henry David Thoreau. - Teacher quote

Why we think we should win:
We only had 3 weeks / 2xs per week to work on our project. We gave up our free hw period time to create a Rube Goldberg. We had fun and worked really hard. We all worked together and were very determined. This was our first Rube, we never stopped trying and we finished! "To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." - Thomas Edison

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
1) bite a sandwich
2) send a text
3) take a picture
4) turn a page in a magazine


Welcome to our machine: Rube Goldberg 2013 -'Hammer in a Nail'. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it together.

Our Step List

Rube Goldberg Steps
1) A science project ball rolls along a blackboard chalk holder into a balance scale.
2) One side of the scale moves up, while the other moves down.
3) A wooden math sphere is released and runs down the track.
4) The sphere knocks down the base 10 block, causing a Domino reaction in all the base ten blocks.
5) The last base 10 block taps a sphere and it rolls down a dictionary into the geoboard.
6) The geoboard moves, causing the blackboard magnet to go down geoboard and over ruler bridge to eraser wall.
7) As magnet ball passes through eraser wall it rolls into a domino wall, tipping over wall.
8) The dominoes knock down into a group of marbles causing them to drop off the table and into a spinning wheel.
9) After spinning wheel, to gain speed, the marbles run down the plastic track that leads to a large paper tube which is connected to a track built on thesauruses and dictionaries that the marbles take to hit a heavier ball.
10) The heavier ball rolls through the isosceles triangular prism. The marbles and ball roll into the Science textbook and research books knocking them over.
11) The three books topple onto each other and onto switch turning on power strip.
12) Power strip powers the train (holding the hammer) to travel around track.
13) The hammer hammers into the nail on the blackboard hammering it into the last day of school- the 21st of June.
14) This chain reaction causes the dog to go into hysterics - We did it! -Summer is here!

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