Machin-a-Tronz TEAM PAGE

River Trail Middle School
Johns Creek, GA, USA

Online Contest:
Inflate A Balloon and Pop It!
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Miss Rioux
Team Members: 18
Invitations: 0



What we're studying:
Simple Machines.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Be tough, yet gentle; humble, yet bold; swayed by beauty and truth"
~Bob Pieh

Why we think we should win:
We should win because the students came up with the idea and we spent a lot of class time working on this together. We also applied our knowledge of simple machines to accomplish a real life goal. Using only materials available to us in the classroom, we were very creative.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
~Pushing in a chair
~Make a peanut and jelly sandwhich
~Close a door/book
~Turn a page in a book
~Ring a bell
~Crack an egg


We are 8th graders from River Trail Middle School. Being in Miss Rioux's 8th grade tag science class, we got the oppertunity to take part in the Rube Goldberg Competition. We had a lot of fun working on the project!

Our Step List

Step 1: The scissors cuts the string.
Step 2: The wheel and axle spins the pencil causing the wooden board to fall down.
Step 3: The car goes down the inclined plane(book).
Step 4: String on car pulls up lego
Step 5: Metal Ball rolls down inclined plane
Step 6: Metal Ball Spins wheel
Step 7: Wheel Hits Golf ball
Step 8: Golf Ball rolls into cup
Step 9: Cup Pulls up counterweight
Step 10: Counterweight pulls up wooden board
Step 11: String Pulls back
Step 12: Bucket falls
Step 13: String pulls Pink tube up
Step 14: Marble rolls down screw
Step 15: Marble hits car
Step 16: The force from the marble causes the car to roll down the ramp.
Step 17: The force of the car causes the book to fall.
Step 18: Book slides down ramp
Step 19: Book pushes dominoes forward to turn on switch
Step 20: Machine turns on
Step 21: Balloon expands
Step 22: Balloon pops

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