Erase A Chalkboard
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
What we're studying:
We study a variety of areas that bring out and strengthen our creativity. Using problem solving skills and teamwork, we develop solutions to problems that mirror real life situations.Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
Teacher: "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" ~Thomas Edison
Students: "So close."
"Are you kidding me?!"Why we think we should win:
We dedicated our machine to Rube Goldberg. Our story is creative and incorporates many aspects of Rube's life growing up. Not only did our team put a lot of time and effort into our machine, it became a part of our lives. Using everyday products from our classroom we created unique steps that told the story of kids going through the seasons of school into summer. We worked together and had a lot of fun!!Suggestion for next year's challenge:
1.) Using scissors to cut
2.) Take a picture
3.) Send a text
4.) Turn a page in a book
Hi. Our machine is dedicated to Rube Goldberg. The team name is 'Lala Palooza' which comes from Goldberg's comic series. 'Lowell,' the school in our project, is named after his high school. Mount 'Mouse Trap' is named after Goldberg's game. Lake 'Pelican' is the magazine that published his comics. Rube's parents, 'Mr. & Mrs. Goldberg', siblings Garrett & Walter, as well as his sister 'Lillian,' are all incorporated into our machine and story. Together we had so much fun creating and building. We hope you enjoy!
Our Step List
1.) The motor is turned on to spin the ferris wheel, causing car to move on track.
2.) As ferris wheel goes around Mr. & Mrs. Goldberg toss their kids, Rube and Lillian (marbles), into school bus and down the school halls throughout the fall season(down track).
3.) Rube and Lillian escape school at end of halls (bottom of track). They jump in their teacher's car (marbles hit race car) that goes through tunnel to make their get away.
4.) Since they can't drive, the race car smashes into school house (pendulum) spilling out books.
5.) Loss of books pulls release for start of winter break and for snowboarders (golf ball) to take run down ski track.
6.) Family (golf ball) snowboards down a twisty run and they do stunts at bottom as they jump off ramp and turn on switch at end of run.
7.) Switch turns on, raising glass sun going into spring, and is released on top track.
8.) Spring sun (glass ball) rolls into wheel of kids, Lillian & Rube (tape), escaping from school. They go running down hill to friends.
9.) Rube & Lillian(tape) push friends (weight) off of cliff, bungee jumping over lake.
10.) Kids (weight) bungee off cliff (table) as they pull bungee cord (other siblings Garrett & Walter on raft).
11.) Bungee cord pulls raft (eraser) along with them.
12.) Raft erases chalk board and all memories of school in order for summer vacation to begin!
Our Close-ups: Photos
Our Close-ups: Favorite Step
Our Close-ups: Task Completion
Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough
Our Machine Run Videos