Turn Off A Light
Mineola Middle School
Saturday, March 07, 2020 Setup Time:
8:00 AM Contest Start Time:
Live Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Kylie Wen - invitation signed.
Deirdre Steiner - invitation signed.
Leah Anzalone - invitation signed.
Luca Bernardes - invitation signed.
Nicholas Tercynski - invitation signed.
Nicole Marino - invitation signed.
James Condon - invitation signed.
Shayan Dhar - invitation signed.
Nicholas Grotheer - invitation signed.
Ian Laurencin - invitation sent
Clara Levy - invitation signed.
Justin Spera - invitation signed.
Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Stop fooling around and work!"
-Vincent Interrante, 2019Why we think we should win:
We think we should win because we made the machine as fun, interesting and creative as possibleSuggestion for next year's challenge:
take a selfie
our machine is turning off a light that turned on when a television is turned on. we use at least one of each simple machine in very unique ways. we use a wedge as a big heavy pizza that splits a table in half, our lever is a crowbar that releases a nail and sends a slinky flying. our pulley is an actual pulley that pulls down a block of wood that lets a small car roll down an inclined plane and activates our wheel and axle through a hammer. our screw is another slinky that has a ball roll through it.
Our Step List
1. A rolling pin is manually pulled. The rolling pin is attached by a string to a wedge. Wedge pulls with it.
2. Pizza wedge wedges table apart.
3. Half of the table falls over about 45 degrees. The falling end of the table is attached to a shirt by a string, the shirt falls off the hook.
4. The shirt is attached by a string to cassette tapes, they fall down sequentially.
5. The final cassette tape falls and is attached by a string to a lever/tube. One half is pulled down, so the other goes up. The golf ball rolls down the tube. The ball rolls into a pulley.
6. The pulley pulls the crowbar
7. The crowbar pulls up a nail
8. The nail lets go of the slinky
9. The slinky pulls the wood block, letting the toy car roll down the ramp.
10. A toy car rolls down a ramp and falls off. The car is attached by a rope to a hammer. The car pulls the hammer down, the hammer swings.
11. The hammer hits a wooden car. The car rolls.
12. The car hits a wood block
13. The wood block hits a container.
14. The container hits a wooden car
15. The wooden car hits another round container
16. The container hits a square container attached to a ruler by a string. The square container pulls a ruler by a string, the ruler releases a golf ball down a slinky tube.
17. The golf ball hits a wooden block
18. The wooden block hits a steel ball.
19. The steel ball attracts to the square magnet
20. The magnet launches a steel ball on the other end
21. The steel ball attracts to the square magnet
22. The magnet launches a steel ball on the other end
23. The steel ball attracts to a square magnet
24. The magnet launches a steel ball on the other end
25. The steel ball hits a power switch
26. The power switch turns off the light
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 Verbal Presentation. This is your team’s chance to shine and be creative! We want to hear the story your machine tells, and understand how the steps represent the theme and key elements of your narrative. The Machine Introduction should not be a step-by-step explanation of how the steps work. This is where your personality, humor, and team spirit engages the audience and gets them excited to see your machine.
Our Machine Run Videos