Team # 770: Olathe Northwest Engineer a Better World TEAM PAGE

Olathe Northwest High School
Olathe , KS, United States

Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Host: Black & Veatch
Saturday, March 03, 2018
Setup Time: 7:00 AM
Contest Start Time: 10:30 AM
Live Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Team Leader: Jennifer O\'Gorman
Team Members: 9
Invitations: 9
Gracey Hiebert - invitation signed.
Kavian Kalantari - invitation signed.
Jordyn Brown - invitation signed.
Hildana Abamegal - invitation signed.
Lawson McGrain - invitation signed.
Henry Basile - invitation signed.
Mitchel Midyett - invitation signed.
Michaela Harding - invitation signed.
Grantgmail Langford - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
We are studying the engineering design process and how to use this process to deliver the best possible results to a client.

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

Why we think we should win:
We work well together as a team.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
We think next year's task should be putting on a hat with a Rube Goldberg machine.

The theme of this year's Rube Goldberg competition of pouring a bowl of cereal has inspired us to be as bright and full of joy as breakfast on a sunny morning. We've taken the "Pirate" approach of using wooden items, beach toys and other materials that fit a nautical aesthetic all set against a sunny, cereal-loving backdrop which accomplishes something zany and fun. Our machine features high-octane chain reactions and objects that start off slow, but build intensity and momentum leading up to a thrilling finish. So sit back and enjoy our Rube Goldberg machine that starts with an "argh" and ends with a splash.

Our Step List

1. To start, a team member pushes over a board with sword.
2. The board pulls a lever forward.
3. The lever hits the wheel on the ruler track
4. The wheel rolls down the track and hits into a golf ball attached to a string
5. The golf ball transfers its energy into a flip flop and pulls it down with the marble on top of it
6. The marble goes through a slide/tunnel system and collides with the foam lever
7. The foam lever transfers more marbles into a wooden tunnel system
8. The marbles in the wooden tunnel hit a marble at the end of the tunnel
9. The marble at the end of the tunnel exits into a funnel, and releases a weighted section of track.
10. The weighted track hits a piece of pvc sheet, releasing another golf ball into motion.
11. This golf ball rolls down the ramp and hits a lever, transferring energy.
12. This lever hits another golf ball into motion, and the energy transfer is then repeated once.
13. The final golf ball goes airborne, landing on a desk drawer slide locked in position.
14. This desk slide then falls into the open position, pulling two strings, one of which turns on a motor-powered car launcher, the other pulling an axle based starter
15. This starter then hits a domino into motion.
16. The final domino lands in a cup, beginning a pulley.
17. The far end of the pulley nudges a marble track, releasing several marbles down a ramp.
18. The marbles are funneled and land on the surface of a low-friction cart, triggering a stopper to be pushed out.
19. This stopper pushes over a carton of milk, which is poured into a funnel and then into the bowl. This step also releases a toy car down a ramp.
20. This car collides with a second car, which then enters the motor based launcher.
21. The second car exits the launcher, and pulls a doorstop out from under a metal ramp. The metal ramp contains a bowling ball.
22. This bowling ball rolls out, pulling on a wooden block from under the cereal box.
23. The cereal box pours cereal into the bowl of milk.

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 Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos