Edison Middle School
Massillon, OH, USA

Online Contest:
Zip A Zipper
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Daugherty/Laskey
Team Members: 13
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Simple Machines, Energy Transfer, Input/Output, Gear Ratio, and Speed vs Torque

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"The sky is not the limit - It is the beginning"

Why we think we should win:
We are a group of hard working kids. We are so determined to make our project the best we are willing to come in for spring break to work for it.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Paint a painting

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Welcome to our Rube Goldberg Competition site! Please check out our videos, pictures, and leave a comment!

Our Step List

Edison’s Innovative Inventors:
Zip Gary’s Zipper

Step 1: Water is poured into a recycled soup-can-pulley-system. The water-filled can sinks as its counterpart rises.

Step 2: The empty soup can acts as a wedge by bumping a modified tube, which teeter totters a marble. In our parts of town, we call that “cherry bombing.”

Step 3: The lonely marble enters into a green funnel...also recycled from an old auto body shop.

Step 4: Then traveling through a white tube, gains speed.

Step 5: Using a recycled 2-Liter bottle, the same marble travels into the opening at the top.

Step 6: A cereal box was transformed into a spiral screw and the marble makes its way to an incline plane.

Step 7: The marble pushes the car down the incline plane which was donated by Igus.

Step 8: The car bumps into dominoes and they fall down in a linear pattern.

Step 9: The dominoes trip a mousetrap that has a Popsicle stick attached.

Step 10: The wood taps on a recycled toy, sending it into a spiral whirl.

Step 11: The whirl knocks a book, which is standing upright

Step 12: The weight of the tipped book knocks into the weight of the pulley system.

Step 13: The weight falls down and the pulley lifts up on the hook attached to the zipper, zipping Gary’s zipper…

Awe… “That was breezy!”

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