Mouse Trappers TEAM PAGE

Western Sky Middle School
Goodyear, AZ, United States

Online Contest:
Zip A Zipper
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Mr. Koopman
Team Members:
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Technology Education

Why we think we should win:
We were clever and innovative with our machine - We started the machine by unzipping a zipper to end up with the steps zipping the zipper back up.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Turning a page in a book.

Welcome to Western Sky Middle School - Home of the Rube Goldberg Machine Builders - The Mouse Trappers

Our Step List

A large cat gets overheated and unzips his jackets zipper.
Noise frightens a mouse that runs across a ramp
Unfortunately, the mouse runs off into a net.
This net causes a basket of cheese to fall.
Falling pieces of cheese set off an air powered rocket.
Then the rocket crashes into a shelf causing a slinky to fall.
The over shot of the rocket turns off the noisy air pump.
The slinky drops onto a teeter totter.
A mouse enjoying the day on the teeter totter is flipped up
a little too close for comfort to several mouse traps.
The mouse movement sets off all of the mouse traps.
The last trap hits a steel ball that rolls into a tube.
Swiftly a steel ball falls down the tube onto an umbrella.
This causes the umbrella to be released, pushing a pool ball.
The pool ball rolls into yet another mouse trap.
The mouse trap causes a barbell to fall.
With this final action, the barbell pulls the now cooled off cat’s zipper back up.

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