Put Money in a Piggy Bank
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Sunday, March 03, 2019 Setup Time:
8:00 AM Contest Start Time:
Live Apprentice - Ages 8 - 11 (Elementary School)
Gemma Brooks - invitation signed.
Isa Kulick - invitation signed.
Harry McElhattan - invitation signed.
Alex Paine - invitation signed.
Celia Reynolds - invitation signed.
Celia Duncan - invitation signed.
Signe Mathisen - invitation signed.
Griffin Leon - invitation signed.
Nolan Shroyer - invitation signed.
Zack Frollini - invitation signed.
Quintin Fenk - invitation signed.
What we're studying:
In Science, we started the year studying environmental science. Once we finished that unit, we moved on to physical science which we have studied energy, work, and simple machines. Our unit long project has been creating, testing, and decorating this International Rube Goldberg machine that we will be presenting at this competition. Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default." - J.K. RowlingWhy we think we should win:
The reason we should win is because our machine is complex and creative. We worked very hard and put all of our energy, much time, and a lot of thought into this. We worked around many obstacles and in the end created a final working machine. We've all become masters of certain steps and we loved trying something new and challenging. We would also like to win to prove that small classes have big ideas; our class is close-knit, productive, and we care about each other. Suggestion for next year's challenge:
- Tying a shoe
- Raise a flag
- Water a plant
- Answer a phone call
- Turn on a lamp
- Put a pin in a cork boardFavorite Rube Goldberg video:
Our machine is international themed. We are starting in Pittsburgh and traveling around the world.
Here are some examples of parts of our machine that has to do with the theme:
There is a bridge and incline in the beginning of the machine; Pittsburgh is well known for its bridges and inclines. Then we have a Heinz pickle jar, because Heinz originated in Pittsburgh. We also incorporated a globe in our machine, which represents our travels all around the world. Then we go to France, as you could see by the Eiffel Tower. Which leads to a catapult which represents medieval England. The next step leads to a marble run that represents the Great Wall of China. After the magnetic marble step (which is modeled after Niagara Falls in Canada), we then head to dominoes and a ramp which represents Japan because of their booming automotive industry. We then travel home where there is a Heinz ketchup bottle, which yet again, originated in Pittsburgh.
Our Step List
1. Marble goes down a spiral marble track and falls into cup
2. Cup falls and moves a piece of cardboard wedge
3. Big marble goes down bridge and falls onto the inclined plane
4. Big marble hits the Earth through fabric
5. The Earth rolls down the inclined plane and falls into a container to activate pulley
6. Pulley lifts container of marbles which fall into a Heinz pickle jar
7. Pickle jar activates pulley which lifts lever
8. Lever knocks down the Eiffel Tower
9. Eiffel Tower hits a catapult
10. The catapult pulls out a cardboard wedge which releases steel marble
11. Steel marble goes through Great Wall of China and falls onto platform
12. Steel marble hits a magnet
13. Magnet lets another steel marble go
14. Steel marble hits a magnet
15. Magnet lets another steel marble go
16. Steel marble hits a magnet
17. Magnet lets another steel marble go
18. Steel marble hits a magnet
19. Magnet lets another steel marble go
20. Steel marble hits a magnet
21. Magnet lets another steel marble go
22. Steel marble hits a magnet
23. Magnet lets another steel marble go
24. Steel marble hits domino line
25. Last domino falls off table and pulls out jenga piece
26. Jenga piece falls and lets popsicle stick fall
27. Popsicle stick falls and releases another popsicle stick
28. Popsicle stick falls and releases another popsicle stick
29. Popsicle stick falls and releases another popsicle stick
30. Popsicle stick falls and releases another popsicle stick
31. Popsicle stick falls and releases K'NEX pendulum
32. K'NEX pendulum falls and hits domino line
33. Domino hits a steel marble
34. Steel marble rolls down incline plane and turns switch on
35. Fan blows car full of money
36. Car full of money slides into bank
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 Explaination and Walkthrough
Our Machine Run Videos