Team # 1329: Mechanical Llamas TEAM PAGE

Mineola Middle School
Mineola, New York, United States

Turn Off A Light
Host: Mineola Middle School
Saturday, March 07, 2020
Setup Time: 8:00 AM
Contest Start Time: 10:00 AM
Live Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Vincent Interrante
Team Members: 6
Invitations: 8
Christopher Garcia - invitation sent
Christopher Tercynski - invitation signed.
Jonathan Leskowicz - invitation signed.
Kevin Reis - invitation sent
Giuliana Forte - invitation signed.
Sean Luning - invitation signed.
Christopher Garcia - invitation signed.
Kevin Reis - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
We as a team are studying the physics of our machine. One of our teammates (Chris. T) figured out how much our wedge needed to weigh, the width and the height in order to make the basketball move and trigger our last step.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right." -- Henry Ford.

Why we think we should win:
We think that we should win because we worked hard as a team to accomplish our goals. We used our innovative minds and collaborated with our peers to think of ideas. When we first started this competition we did not know our teammates but throughout this period of time, we were able to learn about each other and work as a team better. This is why we think our team should win.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
#1- Uncap a marker

#2- Write with a maker

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

We are the Mechanical Llamas from the MIneola Middle School, we are representing the fifth-grade team. Our machine consists of everyday household objects such as; a traffic cone, soda cans, a bike wheel, a basketball, and the most important of all, a Slinky. Remember these are just a few of these objects. We included five out of the six simple machines; an inclined plane, a lever, a wheel and axel, a screw and finally a pulley. We managed to fit everything in our 10 by 10-foot area and accomplished our goal- turning off a light.

(Notice- Da Beast is a wheel and axel)

Our Step List

1: Moose the Cow hits Da Beast

2: Da Beast rolls down the ramp

3: Da Beast hits the cans

4: Screw activates.

5: Tennis ball hits tinfoil wrap

6: Tinfoil wrap rolls down bumped ramp

7: Tinfoil wrap hits metal washer

8: Metal washer hits cup

9: Cup pours water into pulley

10: Pulley starts

11: Pulley hits huge lever

12: Huge lever starts Turd Ball

13: Turd Ball falls into TOYLET

14: Turd ball go's down ramp

15: Turd Ball hits softball

16: softball hits caution sign

17:caution sign hits pot

18: pot lifts up ruler

19: ruler hits basketball

20: basketball rolls on piece of tape

21: tape pulls styrofoam

22: Golfball turns of light

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 Verbal Presentation. This is your team’s chance to shine and be creative! We want to hear the story your machine tells, and understand how the steps represent the theme and key elements of your narrative. The Machine Introduction should not be a step-by-step explanation of how the steps work. This is where your personality, humor, and team spirit engages the audience and gets them excited to see your machine.

Our Machine Run Videos