Put Money in a Piggy Bank
Society of Women Engineers - Baltimore/Washington Section
Saturday, March 02, 2019 Setup Time:
9:30 AM Contest Start Time:
Live Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Riley Sherwin - invitation signed.
Jamie Pan - invitation signed.
Ashleigh Jankowski - invitation signed.
Amber Stephen - invitation signed.
Elizabeth Simpson - invitation signed.
Katie thor Straten - invitation signed.
What we're studying:
We are 6 seniors who are all looking to pursue various STEM careers, from biomedical engineering to forensics. Through working on this machine we have learned a lot of necessary skills an life lessons such as problem solving, analytical thinking, and how to communicate difficult ideas.Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Good Vibes Only"Why we think we should win:
We've put our hearts and souls into this machine, and it would feel like an affirmation of our work, like it all paid off. It has been such a fun experience working together on the machine, persevering through our problems, and using the skills we have acquired, that we would be sad to see it end.Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Pull a tissue out of a tissue boxFavorite Rube Goldberg video:
We made some adjustments to the classic monopoly board. These included making the board bigger and the spaces 3-D. Some of our spaces even have themes with the mountains on Vermont Avenue and a horse race on Kentucky Avenue. We have incorporated many of the game pieces and essential aspects of the game in our machine. This is done by having the hat, shoe, dog, and trains on railroad spaces being integral parts of our steps.
Our Step List
Die gets rolled onto see-saw (that looks like a GO arrow)
See-saw is attached to string which pulls up houses (made of paper or cardstock blocking the wind up train)
Train (already wound up) is released once houses go up
Train pulls string, knocking over mountain on vermont ave
Fishing line attached to mountain pulls down yellow ball
Yellow ball goes down the “plinko”
ball falls into can pulley that raises jail
Jail raising releases pull-back car on a rubber band
Car get launched and hits a hat
Hat knocks out peg holding the treasure chest lid slightly closed
Treasure chest opens; the lid knocks over giant cards which fall on community chest spot. Cards domino through center back into Lady Liberty over on NY Ave Space, falls towards wall.
A string, that is attached to Lady Liberty's torch, pulls a stopper out from in front of the “New York Avenue” Card on the wall
The stopper is in front of a ramp allowing cars to roll down a pipe
The cars hit a gear that is in the pipe, spinning it
Spinning gear is interlocked with kentucky derby gear--mini horses on Kentucky Ave. square, and horses (Kentucky Derby) start spinning (“running” around a racetrack).
Spinning horses pull over large “chance” question mark which falls over
Ball rolls out of question mark
Ball rolls into basket attached to faucet. Basket falls
The basket falling causes the game piece (dog) sitting on railroad space to move because of a pulley system
Dog hits gear, which spins all of the gears on the card, up the wall
The last gear at the top of the wall pushes a dowel rod onto a lever
The other side of the lever release a car down the ramp
The car hits a money bag which falls off the ramp onto a track
Bag rolls down the track into get out of jail dude, lowering his hand
Hand pushes switch that flips
The switch hits a shoe and causes it to roll down the board
Shoe turns on light bulb, and continues to roll, hitting a train
Train topples luxury tax ring
Falling ring open chance card box
The opening of the chance card box release a slingshot
Slingshot fires into a funnel, where the coin is resting. The impact of the slingshot cause the coin to fall into a piggy bank
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