Open An Umbrella
Online Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"What is on a man's mind?" -Sigmund Freud
Our machine represents the problems with climate change and the potential to stop it.
Our Step List
1. An hourglass with small hole at the bottom is flipped upside down so the sand pours out.
2. A justice scale is unbalanced due to the sand from the hourglass.
3. Justice scale pushes object down a zip line.
4. Object on the zip line hits a hammer that will act as a pendulum. This pendulum will split the machine into two simultaneous runs.
5. Hammer hits a lever arm that will cork screw down a rod.
6. The hammer also activates a crossbow that will shoot an arrow at a target
7. The lever arm will start a Newton's cradle
8. The crossbow arrow will topple a pyramid of cups
9. Newton's Cradle will hit a bouncy ball that will fall down a series of platforms
10. The stack of cups falls and hits marble that will run through a PVC pipe.
11. Bouncy ball goes down a funnel
12. The marble from the PVC pipe turns on a fan that will blow sand onto a scale, causing the scale to become unbalanced.
13. Bouncy ball falls into a cup that will open a mailbox allowing a letter to fall out.
14. The scale will turn on a lamp that will melt ice cubes sitting in a strainer.
15. The letter will activate a domino run
16. The water falling from the strainer will cause a container to overflow
17. The dominos will knock down a house of cards.
18. The overflowing water will push out a boat towards a dirty "sea"
19. The falling house of cards will turn on a fan that blows a sailboat that drops water onto a plant that works as a pulley
20. The boat will drop a ball bearing that will be magnetically connected to a conveyer belt bringing the ball upwards
21. Pulley system open up the umbrella
22. Ball bearing will push a bucket of water, thus releasing the water contained within it onto 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