Put Money in a Piggy Bank
Black & Veatch
Saturday, March 02, 2019 Setup Time:
8:00 AM Contest Start Time:
Live Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Ben Darlington - invitation signed.
Garyn Valentine - invitation signed.
Caleb Gilmore - invitation signed.
Brant Willis - invitation sent
Hayden Amstutz - invitation signed.
Brant Willis - invitation signed.
Brant Willis - invitation signed.
What we're studying:
Space and space travelOur Team Leader's favorite quote:
Measure twice, cut onceWhy we think we should win:
It's our first year and we spent a lot of time on this project. We came together and worked pretty well as a team. We dedicated a great deal of time both before and after school and on Saturdays (that weren't snowed out).Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Pouring water into a cupFavorite Rube Goldberg video:
Our machine’s title is Apollo XIX, and the theme is space! We use 15 steps to get our pennies (or other change) into a piggy bank. There are many machine parts: cardboard funnel, cardboard chute, PVC pipe frame, tape measure, rubber duck, plastic funnels, ladder, piggy bank with wings, multiple wooden structures, rubber pig, toy ‘08 Tesla Roadster, rat trap, pennies (or other change), duct tape, golf balls, dust collector tube, pipe cleaners and other wire, hardware (eye screws, nuts, bolts), zip ties, a banner (tribute to Rube Goldberg), string, clamps, pegboard, paint, blanket (pig in a blanket), aluminum pan, and more. We named the parts of our Rube Goldberg machine. Here are the following parts, or names: Runway, Black Hole, Red Giant, Pipeline, Fuel Tank, Launch Pad, Space Shuttle, Flame Deflector, Piggy Bank, Wormhole,The First Duck in Space, and our Tribute to Rube Goldberg. We made the machine mostly modular for easy transport.
The machine worked using a variety of simple machines and physical forces, including gravity, friction, and potential and kinetic energy. The simple machines we used included pulleys, levers, screws, wheel and axle, and inclined planes.
Our team consisted of five students in three different grades. Our students included the following: Ben Darlington, Garyn Valentine, Caleb Gilmore, Brant Willis, and Hayden Amstutz. We learned quite a bit about the teamwork, recent and past space news, and Rube Goldberg. We enjoyed this experience and opportunity to participate in this Rube Goldberg competition.
Our Step List
1. Scissor arm (human intervention): The first step is our only human intervention, and involves using a scissor arm to move a pig (which seems a bit cross). We’d also accept one more human intervention from other humans—throwing money into our satellite (donations).
2. Ramp (Runway): Our runway is the second step. On it, a Tesla Roadster ’08 will gain momentum with gravity and fly into space, just like Elon Musk’s car from earlier this year.
3. Black Funnel (the Black Hole): The Tesla Roadster will fly into and through our black hole and disappear (note that black holes pull everything into them, including light).
4. Red Funnel (the Red Giant): The Tesla Roadster will then enter the Red Giant, and using the simple machine of a pulley, will trigger a door that releases a golf ball (a fuel pellet).
5. Fuel Pipeline Opening (trap door): The door triggered from step 4 will release a fuel pellet into our pipeline that will fuel our shuttle for launch. The golf ball (fuel pellet) will first be mixed in a rocket fuel tank.
6. Rocket Fuel Pellet: The golf ball (fuel pellet) will be mixed with (land on) the rat trap (rocket fuel tank), causing a huge spring reaction.
7. The Rat Trap (Rocket Fuel Tank): The rat trap's bar will pull a string through a single pulley that will launch our space shuttle from the launch pad.
8. Space Shuttle: The Space Shuttle (paper airplane of the Columbia Shuttle) will launch from beneath the satellite, creating room for the coins to fall with gravity.
9. Satellite: The satellite (cardboard cone) will hold the coins. Satellites cost a pretty penny, right? But worth the cost.
10. Flame Deflector (cardboard chute): The cardboard chute (flame deflector) will, with gravity’s help, guide the pennies down into the back of the piggy bank.
11. Lever for the Comet: The lever mechanism beside Comet Swift-Tuttle (yellow golf ball) is triggered by the weight of the Tesla inside of the red giant (funnel).
12. Dust Collection Hose (Wormhole): The Wormhole provides a curved path through which the golf ball (Comet Swift-Tuttle) flies, at least in our machine.
13. Tape Measure Trigger: At the end of the Wormhole, the golf ball releases the tape measure, delicately positioned on the head of a screw.
14. Tape measure and Duck: Strange, huh? The spring coil of the tape measure pulls the rubber duck (the first duck in space) across a part of a PVC tube, providing a little less friction.
15. Rube Goldberg Cartoon: The momentum and motion of the spinning tape measure and duck will pull a string to release our tribute to Rube Goldberg!
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