Mighty Rubber Ducks TEAM PAGE

Trinity Catholic Middle School
Stamford, CT, USA

Online Contest:
Hammer A Nail
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Staff and Parents of TCMS
Team Members: 4
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Angles, Electricity, How to make and sell products, Subject-verb agreement, and how to use excel properly.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Again!... Again!.... Again!"
by Herb Brooks

Why we think we should win:
We had a great time making our machine and we are very proud of it. If there is one thing that Rube Goldberg has taught us it's to find something you really enjoy doing, work as hard as possible and if you think you can do it, YOU CAN! Thank you for the opportunity to show our very best. We hope we inspire others to go for it!

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
-pop popcorn
-feed fish
-push in a chair
-charge an iPod
-open a door
-make mashed potatoes

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Quack! We're back! We are so excited to be back in the Rube Goldberg contest and we are very happy with our project. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Trinity Catholic High School for letting us work in their building everyday after school, on weekends and for supporting us. Sorry about the Bowling Ball! We hope you like our machine! PLEASE VOTE FOR US!!

Our Step List

1. We push a button and start a battery operated car that pulls a wooden stick out of a tube and releases a bowling ball
2. The bowling ball rolls down 3 tubes
3. The bowling ball lands on top of a stomp rocket and launches the rocket into the air
4. The rocket pulls a basketball off a ledge
5. The basketball triggers a switch on a remote which starts a train
6. The train goes down a track and knocks over a bowling pin which falls off a shelf
7. The bowling pin pulls a soda can off a ledge which releases a tennis ball
8. The tennis ball knocks over another bowling pin which releases another soda can
9. The soda can releases another tennis ball that rolls down a long track
10. The tennis ball falls into a small bowl on a scale
11. The other side of the scale hits up a cylinder of marbles
12. Marbles roll into a funnel
13. The marbles then roll down three cardboard tubes and into a cup attached to a pulley
14. The cup goes down and the other side of the pulley goes up releasing a stick
15. The stick releases a roll of toilet paper which rolls down a ramp and hits VCR tapes
16. The VCR tapes knock over 2 cars taped together on a ramp
17. The cars knock over more VCR tapes
18. The last VCR tape pushes on 2 sticks which push nails starting a chain of nails rolling down a board
19. The last nail hits over dominoes
20. The dominoes hit over 3 Nintendo DS cases
21. The last case pulls a stopper out of a tube to release a golf ball
22. The golf ball rolls down a tube and then a maze and hits a small plank of wood
23. The plank of wood hits a hockey puck down a ramp
24. The hockey puck hits a goal box which pulls out a stopper which releases 2 balls taped to a shower ring to go down a zip line
25. The 2 balls on a shower ring hit over dominoes which pushes a ball down a tube
26. The ball knocks over water bottles which pull out a stopper and releases another ball to roll down another tube
27. The ball bounces between 2 planks of wood and then rolls down a tube hitting over VCR tapes
28. The last VCR tape sets off the cobra weave
29. The cobra weave releases a golf ball which hits over VCR tapes
30. The tapes hits a popsicle stick which falls and releases a weight
31. The weight rolls down a track releasing another stick which starts the Wheel of Hammers (old carnival game)
32. The Wheel of Hammers spins around hitting a nail on wood attached to a spring loaded hinge with added resistance from 2 closet door magnets.
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
Machine Run #2