Team # 204: HD Ruby G TEAM PAGE

Martin Meylin
Lampeter, PA, United States

Online Contest:
Open An Umbrella
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Jay Lance
Team Members: 12
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
We are studying science and mechanics. In eighth grade science we are studying simple machines and learning about energy conversions.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Hot Dog!"

Why we think we should win:
The Hot Dog Rube Goldberg Club team should win the 2016 Rube Goldberg Contest because of our extensive creativity and knowledge of physics and chemistry displayed through how smoothly our contraption runs. It is self evident that we have invested hours of work and devotion into this project all in the name of science! Our contraption is the essence of the growth shown by the Martin Meylin students in the course of learning the basics of physics and chemistry. We humbly hope that you will consider crowning us as this year's champions of the Rube Goldberg Contest. Hot Dog!

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
shoot a paper air plane
turn on a blender
type a word on a computer

To begin our hot dog haunted machine, we start with the Spider Man controller. We manually push the talk button, which through his spider sense causes Spider Man to move forward and pull a pole down to heroically to save the day. This in turn releases the marbles, which through the force of gravity roll down the ramp and hit a wooden pole. This pole rotates and with little force knocks down the dominoes which causes a domino effect. The last domino holds fast a string which suspends the tissue bag of salt over a pulley. This bag of salt then valiantly falls to its fate into a cup of warm water which allows electricity to flow through the wires. This step our team of engineers worked long and hard to master. The electrical current allows for a propeller to spin. This allows for a string attached to a lever to be wound up. This in turn pulls the lever letting the top of the lever to make contact with a marble at the top of a ramp. From here our little work of genius proceeds at an alarming rate. Our trustworthy marble rolls down the ramp, into a cup, and down a pipe to its final destination- the mousetrap. As the marble makes contact with the mousetrap, it is triggered and it speeds down upon the razor blades with only one purpose in mind- to cut the string within its path. While this fishing line suspends a hammer, the line is cut, and the hammer swings down with a crushing blow to smash a long wooden pole within a pipe. This pole makes contact with the umbrella button, and HOT DOG! the umbrella opens with paper holes galore!

Our Step List


1.Remote control button pushed

2.Spider man pulls the bar out

3.Marbles spin the arm

4.Arm knocks down the dominoes

5.Dominoes drop the salt pouch

6.Salt falls into the cup full of hot water

7.Salt turns on the fan electrodes

8.Fan spins and pulls the lever

9.Lever hits Reggie (the marble)

10.Marble fall on mouse trap

11.Mouse trap hits the razor blade

12.Razor blade cuts the string

13.Hammer hits the broomstick

14.Broomstick hits the umbrella button

15.Umbrella opens

16. Yell, "Hot dog!"

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