Mighty Rubber Duckies TEAM PAGE

Trinity Catholic Middle School
Stamford, CT, USA

Online Contest:
Inflate A Balloon and Pop It!
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Mr. Philip Adzima
Team Members: 4
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Geometry, volcanoes, earth quakes and other natural disasters, modern China and ancient Peru. Learning to play the recorder.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"When we don't study history we are forced to repeat it."

Why we think we should win:
We had a great time making our machine and we think it came out awesome. We are the first group in our school to participate in the Rube Golberg Machine contest and we would like to set a good example for our classmates and inspire them to go for it!

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
crack and fry an egg, open and close an umbrella, make lemonade.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

We hope you like our Rube Goldberg machine! We had a blast making it. Our Rubber Ducks played the most important role - popping the balloon. Thanks for watching. PLEASE VOTE FOR US!

Our Step List

Rube Goldberg Step List
Trinity Catholic Middle School – Stamford, CT

1) A teammate pushes rubber duck on hanger down a rope
2) Duck hits ping-pong ball that rolls down a tube
3) Ping-Pong ball hits another ping-pong at the end of the tube
4) Ping-Pong ball rolls down a ramp going on a bridge
5) Ping-Pong ball rolls on bridge hitting a golf ball at the end of the bridge
6) Golf ball rolls down two pool sticks hitting a toy car
7) Car hits spring loaded hot wheels piece popping straw up and releasing marble down ramp
8) Marble goes through marble maze to end then hits dominoes
9) Dominoes knock over DVDs
10) DVDs knock over VHSs
11) The VHSs cause a can of bouncy balls to fall lifting a block on top of ramp using a pulley
12) Marbles roll down a ramp going in to funnel
13) Marble rolls through funnel hitting dominoes
14) Dominoes hit a DVD
15) The DVD hits VHSs
16) VHSs knock over a basketball that is attached to a rope that is attached to the ceiling that lifts pool noodle with marbles in it.
17) Marbles roll from pool noodle to marble maze on the refrigerator
18) Marbles roll from marble maze and hit the on button of a spool made from an erector set
19) Spool pulls in a rope pulling a duck across water
20) Duck pulls away a piece that is blocking ball from rolling which allows the ball to roll
21) Ball rolls down another pool noodle
22) Ball hits a button on the air compressor
23) Air compressor causes a balloon to blow up
24) Rubber ducks with needles in their beaks pop the balloon

(Some dominoes were taped for easy set-up)
The End

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