Team # 588: DMS Super Earwigs TEAM PAGE

Dunn Middle School
Los Olivos, CA, United States

Host: Santa Monica Pier - Middle School
Sunday, March 05, 2017
Setup Time: 9:00 AM
Contest Start Time: 11:30 AM
Live Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Meg West
Team Members: 10
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
At our school every year we have a theme. This year we are studying science through investigating water. Our machine is related to water because we have a lot of downward slopes and water and pool balls react the same way on slopes due to the forces of gravity and friction.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
The important thing is to never stop questioning - Albert Einstein

Why we think we should win:
We think we should win because we have reused materials we have found around our classrooms and campus. We have then turned those items into steps that make up our machine. We have remodeled our design many times, all putting equal effort and not given up.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
How to open a can!

**Cue dramatic movie trailer music** In a world where all humans have evolved into spherical beings, one Rube Goldberg Machine dares to apply adhesive bandages to troubled travelers! With the help of the Super Earwig, the Dunn Middle School Super Scientists created a contraption out of common classroom materials to ease the pain of minor contusions and abrasions for all spheroid kind!

Our Step List

1. Bipedal human pulls sting on pulley which lifts a nail
2. Nail releases washer attached to string that is tied to hammer on rubber band
3. Hammer hits and knocks over standing block
4. Weight on block falls and pulls a string attached to a nail
5. Nail falls and releases car
6. Car rolls down ramp and hits first domino
7. Dominoes hit each other and all fall, with last domino pulling strings on pulleys
8. String attached to straw releases volley ball
9. Volley ball rolls down ramp and falls into net, which rotates on fulcrum point
10. Net handle hits ball resting on huge nut
11. Ball rolls down ramp and hits first domino
12. Dominoes fall uphill and last domino hits ball with battering ram
13. Ball falls and its weight pulls on string to move support tube
14. Ball on top of support tube falls into cup on lever that rotates arm up
15. Lever arm hits final ball that rolls down ramp, picking up adhesive band-aid before landing in observation cup

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