Team # 823: CG Coyotes TEAM PAGE

Cactus Middle School
Casa Grande, AZ, United States

Online Contest:
Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Vanesa Sherman
Team Members: 10
Invitations: 10
Knyceaulas Brown - invitation signed.
Yandel Lopez - invitation signed.
Zoe Potter - invitation signed.
Gage Byers - invitation signed.
Bryce Normile - invitation signed.
Carmen Macias - invitation signed.
Alyssa Quintanar - invitation signed.
Ronnie Mora - invitation signed.
Nuriah Perea - invitation signed.
Justin Jordan - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
In science class we are learning about physics and how a certain motion and force can make all the difference in something like a Rube Goldberg contraption. We are actually doing the project during our robotics class. Here we are learning about engineering, which has helped us understand what will work and find innovative designs for our project. Engineering has 7 simple steps that make all the difference in our project , the first step is identify your problems and what you need to solve them - our problem was that we need to pour a bowl of cereal. The second step is to research the problem- we looked up different Rube Goldberg contraptions and the way they work. The third step is develop possible solutions- we thought of multiple steps for our project. The fourth step is to select the solutions that would work out- we made the decision that the pulley, spiral, and blah blah blah blah blah worked. The fifth step is build a prototype- we didn't build a prototype but we did draw out what we wanted our contraption to look like in the end. The sixth step is test and evaluate the prototype- like I said before we did not have a prototype but we did try and build some of the pieces of the contraption we thought was possible. The seventh and final step is redesign as needed- we tried our built pieces and worked to make them better. That is how we used what we learned in our classroom to help build our Rube Goldberg contraption.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"- Albert Einstein

Why we think we should win:
We think we should win because this is our first year doing something so "out of the box", we are the underdogs and we know that we have just as an equal chance in winning as anyone else who has done this before. Our team has worked very hard in making our contraption unique and different in all the best ways. We have taken the time to run our contraption again and again to make it better and to make it fun. This has been a really fun experience and my team can't wait to do it again!

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

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Our machine has a country meets city type of theme...We proudly introduce Sherman Town! Here buildings and windmills are represented with each transfer of energy. Highways and backroads are how golf balls get around. We include bright blue skies and city lights. Our machine shows how two different worlds can come together to make something awesome happen. We hope you enjoy our town!

Our Step List

(1) One of the team members will pull the plunger,the plunger will hit the golf ball (2) The golf ball will then travel into a pulley which will bring up a track (3)The ball on the track will then rolll down onto a longer track and fall into a cup that is placed on a scale (4) The scale will go up and make another scale lift a gate (5) The ball placed behind the gate will then roll down a Styrofoam track (6) The ball will hit a series of dominos (7) The dominos will hit a second golf ball that will hit another series of dominos (8) the last domino will hit a piece of cardboard with a golf ball attached (9) the cardboard will then hit a tower of straws connected by tape (10) The straws will push a golf ball down a track (11) The golf ball will hit a cart with a Sting attached to a golf ball (12) The golf ball will roll onto a track, at the end it will roll through a wind mill pulling a stein attached to a paper which will drop the cereal and start the golf ball frenzy (13) The ball behind the popsicle stick will roll down a track and hit another popsicle stick creating the same action 4 times (14) The last part of the popsicle stick frenzy will have 1 golf balls that will roll down a track. (15) Then the golf balls will roll onto a track that is connected to a string which is attached to straws that block golf balls (16) Then the golf balls will roll into a cup that is attached to a pulley. (17) The cup will then go down which will raise another cup full of milk

Our Close-ups: Photos

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Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos

Machine Run #1
Machine Run #2