Team # 497: Doctor Rube TEAM PAGE

Tamalpais High School - sponsored by Mill Valley Police Department
Mill Valley, CA, United States

Online Contest:
Online Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Team Leader: Sarah Petrini
Team Members: 7
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Last year, our team built our Rube Goldberg machine in Tech class in middle school while studying engineering and energy transfer. This year, we decided to build another machine outside of school. We are not all in the same class this year, and only three of us decided to take engineering as our elective in high school. So, while we are learning more about mechanics, engineering, energy, and machinery, we are also learning about commitment, perseverance and how to continue to do projects we love even if it is not easy and we have to make time for it on our own.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
If you dream it, you can do it.
- Walt Disney

Why we think we should win:
We believe we should win because we came together to do this project outside of school since it is something we all enjoy and wanted to continue after last year's in-school experience. In order to accomplish this, we had a bake sale in the pouring rain (thank you Mill Valley Market!). We also approached our school seeking funding, which ultimately sent us to the local police department who sponsored us with additional money (thank you Officer Maxwell and team!). We spent hours and hours of our free time working on this machine after school and on weekends, without the help of parents or teachers. Lastly, we did a good job following the Rube Goldberg spirit by having someone who starts the machine also be the final target of it, as with many of Rube Goldberg’s cartoons. We think we have made an amazing machine that embodies the Rube Goldberg spirit and shows what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
-Flip a coin
-Raise a flag

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Our machine is a doctor’s office themed contraption. We built an entire mini room for our machine’s frame, painted the wall, and put down real flooring as if it were a real room. We also used many everyday doctor's office items such pill bottles, medical books, binders, sundry jars, tissue boxes, first aid kits, reflex hammers, stethoscopes, and more. Most of these items were donated by a local doctor’s office (thank you Town and Country Pediatrics!), or reused from our homes.

Our Step List

1. Bell rings causing peg to fall
2. Picture frame with contest logo tilts
3. Prize bouncy ball rolls and goes through tube
4. Peg falls
5. Picture frame tilts
6. Prize bouncy ball falls into hazardous waste cup, making Rube Goldberg Eye Chart tilt.
7. Clock rolls
8. Syringe is pressed
9. Tissue box tips
10. Ball rolls
11. Lamp turns
12. Peg falls
13. First aid kit closes
14. Reflex hammer tilts
15. Ball rolls
16. Band aid boxes fall
17. Peg is pulled out
18. Binder closes
19. Pill bottle rolls
20. Band-aid box is pushed
21. Prescription bottle is pulled
22. Vertical pencil turns
23. Pill bottle rolls
24. Syringe falls
25. Prize bouncy ball rolls
26. Ruler tilts
27. Band Aid sundry jar rolls
28. Lever turns
29. Gauze sundry jar rolls
30. Lever turns
31. Tongue depressor sundry jar rolls
32. Tall stick falls
33. Hinged gauze box falls
34. Stethoscope swings
35. Medical Dictionary closes
36. Round tissue box shoots out
37. Motrin box turns
38. Box is pulled out from inside Medical Dictionary
39. Medical Dictionary closes
40. Clothespin is pressed
41. Hydrogen peroxide bottle slides down zip line
42. Clothespin is pressed
43. Reflex hammer swings
44. Roll of bandage rolls
45. Stick turns
46. Pill bottle falls
47. Prize bouncy ball rolls
48. Stick turns
49. Marble rolls
50. Omega bottle falls
51. Marbles roll down book
52. Book falls
53. Doctor’s arm falls
54. Bandaid is applied!

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