Team # 707: Cereal Machine Broke TEAM PAGE

Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School
Beaumont, TEXAS, United States

Online Contest:
Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Online Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Team Leader: Ashly Wagner
Team Members: 6
Invitations: 7
John Steinman - invitation signed.
Alexander Bahrim - invitation signed.
Garrett Halbert - invitation signed.
John Oliverio - invitation signed.
Jason Wu - invitation signed.
Greg Bowling - invitation sent
Parsa Safa - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
We are studying electricity currently.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"60% of the time, it works every time."
-Brian Fantana

Why we think we should win:
We shouldn't win.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Pet a dog.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

It all began one day when we walked into physics c, and Mrs. Wagner said, "Hey do you guys want to build a Rube Goldberg machine."

We were like "What is that?"
She explained what it was.

We asked "When is it due?"

She replied "I don't know, sometime in April."

As this was before Thanksgiving, we responded, "Sure, why not then. It's not like we'll have to do it for a long time."
The next issue at hand was naming the team. As of that moment deep fried memes were popular, including the popular meme in which a McDonald's employee tells Shaq, "Food machine broke." We adopted this to our purposes, naming our team "Cereal Machine Broke," with the "B" intended to be the emoji "B."

Fast forward a couple months. It is now March. Mrs. Wagner asks us, "Hey, are we still doing that machine thing."

We say, "I guess."

So we begin working on the machine. We thought we had a guy working with us that had built a Rube Goldberg Machine before, but we're not sure what happened to him because we never saw him again. We decided to begin construction. We claimed a corner of our school's library and set up shop.

Progress on the machine was slow at first. We debated whether we should design the machine first or just start working on it. We decided to just start working on it. We had read online that it was good to start at the end of the machine, but you could manage beginning at the beginning, so we did neither and started building it from the middle. This actually worked alright, and we began making decent progress.

At some point we decided that we wanted to put a table on top of another table. To do this we would need to ask the librarian for permission. Alex, who is terrible at talking to teachers due to what appears to be an openly hostile tone, volunteers to ask for it. Miraculously, she agreed.

Unfortunately, other activities began to interfere with the machine. Two members began missing regularly due to tennis. I'm not joking; they literally missed about a month of school. I'm not sure how the school system is structured to allow this, but apparently it's fine.

Finally the machine was finished. We could finally say, "Cereal machine not broke!"

Our Step List

1. Turn on switch
2. Train climbs hill and hits ball
3. Ball rolls down track
4. Ball hits stick
5. Stick releases pendulum
6. Pendulum hits dominos
7. Dominos hit marble
8. Marble rolls down track
9. Marble hits ball
10. Ball rolls down track
11. Ball hits tower and releases weight
12. Weight opens book
13. Book releases mouse trap lever
14. Mouse trap lever hits stick
15. Stick hits golf ball
16. Golf ball rolls across table
17. Golf ball hits spinner
18. Spinner turns and hits dominos
19. Dominos knock over tower and release marble
20. Marble rolls down track
21. Marble hits dominos
22. Dominos hit marble
23. Marble rolls down track and hits cereal box
24. Cereal box falls over and cereal falls into bowl

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

Machine Run #1
Machine Run #2