Team # 1271: Food For Thought TEAM PAGE

Boesch and Berkey
Champaign, IL, United States

Turn Off A Light
Host: Steam Alliance at Parkland College
Saturday, March 07, 2020
Setup Time: 7:00 AM
Contest Start Time: 9:30 AM
Live Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Team Leader: Emily Boesch
Team Members: 8
Invitations: 9
Jacob Barlow - invitation signed.
Henry Boesch - invitation signed.
Mya Berkey - invitation signed.
Kailyn Stuber - invitation sent
Claire McDaniel - invitation signed.
Max Lewis - invitation signed.
Caleb Brown - invitation signed.
Ethan Nurmi - invitation signed.
Kailyn Stuber - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
As homeschoolers ranging in age from Sophomores to Seniors, we're studying a wide variety of subjects including; chemistry, calculus, physics, German, Spanish, Latin, economics, ancient literature, formal logic, and Shakespeare.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't" - Thomas Edison

Why we think we should win:
We believe that the concept behind our head-shaped machine is both fascinating and fun. The construction of our head was very well done and the whole machine spinning mid-run has been an interesting and difficult obstacle to overcome.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
sharpen a pencil

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Our profile-shaped machine represents the right and left sides of the brain. The right brain is unlogical, crazy, and colorful. It takes expressions way too literally... make a whole square meal you say? Square burger, check! The left side, on the other hand, is logical, precise, and...well... normal... The left side understands expressions and makes a whole square meal with some potatoes and turkey. Throughout the run of our machine, the two halves each take 6 food expressions in different ways...leading to confusion and laughter. On top of turning off a light, we also incorporated five previous final steps into our machine. See if you can spot them! If this is a little too confusing for you...don’t worry...our heads are spinning too...

Our Step List

0. Push pencil to start
1. Pencil hits car
2. Car hits knife
3. Knife hits mousetrap
4. Mousetrap hits vhs
5. Vhs pulls peg
6. Peg releases springed hinge
7. Hinge pulls block of wood
8. Block of wood drops peg
9. Peg releases oven door and lets out roll
10. Roll hits lever (lever step)
11. Lever releases rolling pin
12. Rolling pin hits bowl of fruit
13. Fruit falling pulls platform (pulley step)
14. Platform pulls string and releases weight (screw step)
15. Weight pulls nail
16. Nail releases hammer chain reaction (inclined plane step)
17. Hammer chain reaction knocks protracter
18. Protractor hits scissors
19. Scissors release disk
20. Disk turns gears
21. Gears knock off weight
22. Weight pulls wheel and axle (wheel and axle)
23. Wheel and axle pulls cards and hammer
24. Hammer hits pickle
25. Pickle falling releases marble
26. Marble falls into bottle
27. Bottle pulls train
28. Train hits arm
29. Arm releases slinky (slinky step)
30. Slinky releases golf ball
31. Golf ball hits mousetrap
32. Mousetrap spins gear
33. Gear pulls block
34. Block knocks wheel
35. Wheel releases bouncy ball
36. Bouncy ball hits step V
37. Step V starts drill
38. Drill makes our head spin
39. Spinning of head pulls shirt
40. Shirt unbalances diet
41. Unbalanced diet closes burger and dresses turkey
42. Dressing of turkey spills milk
43. Spilled milk knocks lever into highlighter
44. Highlighter releases fork
45. Fork hits mousetrap
46. Mousetrap releases cinnamon roll
47. Cinnamon roll hits lever (lever step)
48. Lever releases wedge (wedge step)
49. Wedge releases the cool bean
50. Cool bean starts conveyer belt
51. Conveyor belt drops weight
52. Weight drops cake
53. Cake pulls arm
54. Arm releases medicine bottle
55. Medicine bottle drops weights into facepaint
56. Facepaint pulls fidget spinner
57. Fidget spinner raises rocket
58. Rocket knocks ball down ramp
59. Ball hits car
60. Car hits fist peg
61. Peg releases faceplant
62. Faceplant knocks fan
63. Fan hits weight to pull peg
64. Peg drops die
65. Die hits clothespin
66. Clothespin releases spinner
67. Spinner hits blue man
68. Blue man hits slingshot
69. Slingshot releases zipline
70. Zipline flips stapler using lever
71. Stapler launches nail
72. Nail knocks peg loose
73. Peg drops weight and flips switch (turning off 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