Zip A Zipper
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
What we're studying:
Throughout the year students are developing their creative problem solving skills through numerous experiences. They work as a team to solve challenging problems and then end the year by creating their own invention.Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying."-- Coleman Hawkins
"Take care of all of your memories. You cannot relive them." -- Bob DylanWhy we think we should win:
We should win because we had SO many setbacks, but we persevered! Better steps developed out of our mistakes and we worked together. Our plastic spiral marble ramp had an essential piece missing, but we made it work! We created a funny story to go with our machine and not only made a concert happen, but invented a new and improved seat belt. The Zipper Up!
Plus, if we win Flower Z will perform for you!Suggestion for next year's challenge:
1) brush teeth
2) elevator to carry something up
3) turn on music
4) raise a flag
Welcome to our Rube Goldberg.
Queen Martha, a big celebrity, is coming to town for the Flower Z concert in the park and the city is so excited! At the same time crooks are planning to 'knock over' the diamond district to steal some jewels. Hectic craziness ensues until thieves get caught up in the concert chaos. As this craziness is building concert traffic looks on in horror. They quickly put on their state of the art new seat belts- The Zipper Up! Everyone is safe and the concert goes on as planned. We hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed building!
Our Step List
Student releases clip-
1.) truck (pendulum)smashes into chain of jewelry stores (dominoes) that all crash over - so thieves can get jewels
2.) dominoes knock into escape car (ball) that takes off down crazy mountain road (rulers)
3.) car hits platform causing vibration from running thieves jumping onto moped (marble) which takes off through tunnel and spins out of control through spiral road
4.) colliding into small wall that tumbles to large outer wall
5.) Outer wall collapses raising garage door
6.) they jump in run away car and speed off down ramp, but miss turn, hitting into construction site (knocking structure holding up pyramid )
7.) falling pyramid triggers scale to raise ramp
8.) ramp releases white motorcycle that then speeds down back road into hideout garage (cup)
9.) rushing into garage (cup) causing jewels to be revealed to the ground - and 3 thieves go tumbling down ramp into Goldberg tunnel
10.) hitting trap door open (pin) and escaping into boat camouflaged by many
11.) confusion (weight) of many tilts scale (boat) knocking ruler & lookout guy to tap ceiling (cd)
12. ) vibration of floor (cd) warns heist planner to takeoff from loft in standby vehicle (ball) down tunnel
13.) getting caught up in concert traffic and smashing into billboard sign (Easel) giving off a loud crash & knocking down boulder(cup of everything)
14.) alerting concert goers in traffic (pulley) on way to 'Flower Z' concert to use super safe invention --'Zipper Up' seat belt ( lunch box). Nothing will keep them from their favorite concert!
15.) everyone is now safe 'Hectic Highway' has ended, crooks are surrounded, Queen Martha has arrived,and all is good. 'Flower Z ' is now performing!
Our Close-ups: Photos
Our Close-ups: Favorite Step
Our Close-ups: Task Completion
Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough
Our Machine Run Videos