Open An Umbrella
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
What we're studying:
We are studying the science of Rubeboobubology, the science of setbacks. We are testing how much duct tape an machine can take before it becomes just a storage space for duct tape.Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"We messed up our entire machine - and now it works perfectly!"Why we think we should win:
We think we should get extra points for every pound of duct tape used.Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Slice a pizzaFavorite Rube Goldberg video:
An 18-step machine held together by sticks and duct tape. Even we don't understand how it works.
Our Step List
STEP 1 Tin can robot hits row of books, books fall like dominos
STEP 2 Last book hits cardboard tube.
STEP 3 Cardboard tube hits tennis ball down ramp.
STEP 4 Tennis ball tips the tipping platform.
STEP 5 Tipping platform pulls over wooden stand with weight on top.
STEP 6 Wooden stand releases the weight.
STEP 7 Weight pulls a long wooden stick.
STEP 8 Wooden stick releases marbles down the ramp.
STEP 9 Marbles hit tall wooden pole, marbles rattle the pole.
STEP 10 The shaking releases the small marble down the track.
STEP 11 Small marble rolls down and through the marble track.
STEP 12 Marble hits weight.
STEP 13 Weight pulls wheel.
STEP 14 Wheel pulls magnet
STEP 15 When magnet is pulled, pulley zip-line falls off it.
STEP 16 Pulley zip-line hits golf ball down ramp
STEP 17 Golf ball rolls into cart causing cart to roll down ramp
STEP 18 String attached to cart pulls open the umbrella
Our Close-ups: Photos
Our Close-ups: Favorite Step
Our Close-ups: Task Completion
Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough
Our Machine Run Videos