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