Team # 417: KNights of the Blue Ribbon TEAM PAGE

Saint Augustine of Canterbury School
Kendall Park, New Jersey, United States

Host: Mineola Middle School
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Setup Time: 8:00 AM
Contest Start Time: 9:30 AM
Live Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Sister Mary Shulas
Team Members: 10
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
We are learning about engineering, robotics, architecture, and physics. All these skills we have learned in school has helped us to create our machine. These skills help us while building our machine. For example, we are able to determine the length of a border by measuring the two sides and calculating it using the Pythagorean Theory. All the word problems we hear in science class and math class is turning into a reality by the experiences we have had while constructing our machine.

Why we think we should win:
We think we should win because we put a lot of effort into our machine. Yes, everyone we met at regionals and everyone we will meet at Nationals have put all their effort into it, but we perfected our machine. Each step took days of trial and error and consideration before we put it into the final machine. An idea on paper may sound magnificent, but actually making it come to life is extremely challenging, which any team member of any team would agree on. From an idea, to a developed concept, to a rough model, and finally to a full-scale model, our team put hours and hours into creating this machine. If a step does not work, we don't through it away, but instead, we unlock the true potential that step can have once used properly. This is why you will find that every step has the best build quality it can have. It is set to its full potential. If something does not go right, we do not just fix it with a whimsy, temporary material. We find out what the problem is, and we fix it with temporary materials, then we take it to a safe area, and re-construct the entire step again from scratch out of durable materials found at home and try it again with the fixes. Our machine also has a proper theme, evened out throughout the machine, while still having a hint of Rube Goldberg with having jokes in our introduction, and sounds such as bells and light music. Our space is utilized evenly throughout the entire 10 feet we have. "None of Rube Goldbergs' machines worked," said one of the judges at regionals, but that doesn't mean we can't perfect it. This is why we think we should win.

Our team name is Knights of the Blue Ribbon and we have created a machine based off of the Batman, a superhero. We dressed up as our favorite characters from the comics and the movies such as Deathstroke, Two-Face, Nightwing, Robin, etc. Our team leader, Ansgar has guided us through this process. Our school did not look for members with standard grades, but instead for those with high engineering skills and imaginative skills. Our goal for this year is to give our students here at Saint A’s, a taste of Rube Goldberg.
Our machine consists of 17 steps made of numerous chain reactions that relay under a minute. We use simple machines such as levers, catapults, and ramps while we also balance our machine with other complex machines such as fans. We built all of our steps with items we found at home from thermocol (polystyrene), to old PVC piping, to toys. Our theme for our machine is Batman, so we painted a large amount of our machine black and yellow, while also keeping it interesting with green and red to give our viewers a splash of other characters from Batman such as Robin and Red Hood along with some unpainted wood to give off a hint Rube Goldberg.

Our Step List

1. Human pushes car down ramp
2. Car turns on fan
3. Fan blows down ping pong ball
4. Ball hits popsicle sticks
5. Popsicle sticks releases rock
6. Rock falls and hits lever
7. Lever releases car
8. Car hits wooden dominoes
9. Wooden dominoes pull string
10. String releases metal balls
11. Metal balls hits cup lever with fork
12. Cup lever with fork disconnects pendulum
13. Pendulum hits spinning arm
14. Spinning block releases catapult
15. Catapult hits string
16. String lets go of pulley
17. Pulley hits lever and puts BAND-AID on Monica

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