Team # 557: Operation: Goldberg TEAM PAGE

North Rockland High School
Thiells, N.Y. , United States

Host: Cradle of Aviation Museum
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Setup Time: 7:30 AM
Contest Start Time: 10:00 AM
Live Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Team Leader: Gregg Malora
Team Members: 9
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
We are studying the different types of engineering in class as well as planning many different ways to approach the same problem. We frequently design things that are 3D printed and do many studies on how we can possibly fix local problems.
The Rube Goldberg team taught us how to make something out of nothing, and how to use creativity to change the way we saw "regular" household objects.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Words are wind."

Why we think we should win:
A lot of time and work went into the machine to make it work. Each member brought his or her own special talents causing us to have a lot of diversity in or ideas and in the way we think.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Answer the phone.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Our machine is designed to look like the classic board game Operation. It is 6' tall and 2' 6" wide.

Our Step List

1. An IV bag fills up the fish bowl in the professor's chest.
2. The weight from the fishbowl filling up with water triggers a "see-saw", causing a badminton racket to move up.
3. The racket's movement frees the plane to zoom across a zip line.
4. The plane runs into a metal ball.
5. The metal ball falls down a tube, into a funnel, down a roller coaster track, through a pipe at a 90 degree angle, and eventually hits a golf ball.
6. The golf ball rolls down a track, and soars into a wooden bucket.
7. The weight of the wooden bucket and golf ball cause them to fall pulling a dowel along with them.
8. Without the dowel in it's previous place, a small, patriotic, F-150 truck rolls down a ramp.
9. The small, patriotic, F-150, pulls with it the top of a "thermometer" that is upright.
10. Because the "thermometer" is upright, the bottom kicks out and hits the head of a golf club that is attached to a bike wheel.
11. The bike wheel rotates with this push and eventually hits a small lever at the bottom of the machine.
12. The lever moves, thus creating tension on a string that is going through a system of pulleys.
13. The string pulls a piece of metal outside a tube.
14. Without the metal there, the marble that was sitting in the tube is free to fall down the tube into a pill bottle.
15. The pill bottle's weight lifts the gate that is holding back a small, yellow race car, waiting for it's time to go.
16. The small, yellow race car goes down it's track and hits into a piece of wood.
17. The wood releases a marble that flows down the ribs of our professor.
18. The marble ends up on a trick platform where a small plastic golf ball is waiting for it; the weight of the marble and the golfball cause the floor to go out from underneath them.
19. The small plastic golf ball is attached to a string and dowel which go down with the golf ball. Without the dowel in place, the metal marble on the small operation board is set into motion.
20. It speeds down a track where it falls into another empty pill bottle.
21. The pill bottle drops down and releases a larger marble down its track.
22. The marble flies into a tube, down the tube and hits a hinge with a lego attached to it.
23. The hinge and lego combination push a very tiny blue car (perfect for driving in the city) down a ramp of its own.
24. The perfect city car then crashes into an intricate contraption that will lift a ramp that is holding a metal marble.
25. The metal marble zooms down its track onto another track and into a tunnel, hitting a hinge.
26. The hinge hits a golf ball into motion.
27. As the golf ball races down the track, it runs into a turnstile. (proudly made in the U.S.A.)
28. With the movement of the turnstile (that was proudly made in America) a battery is released from rest.
29. The battery spins down a track into a small picture frame.
30. The picture frame falls into another, which falls into another, eventually hitting a piece of wood out of the way.
31. This wood was supporting a golf ball that is attached to a string and dowel. Therefore as it falls, the ball falls with it, and so does the dowel.
32. With the dowel out of place, a bouncy rubber ball is able to roll down a tube, launch onto another track, and hit the box of extra medical supplies.
33. The box is on a piece of wood that is blocking the trusty old boot from Whales. (It was purchased in 1989, and was a lot shinier back then.) With the box and wood moved away, the boot is allowed to freely swing forward kicking our professor in the knee, applying his needed Band-Aid.

Our Close-ups: Photos

Our Close-ups: Favorite Step

Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos