Team # 369: Patriots "Blue" TEAM PAGE

Owen Valley High School
Spencer, IN, United States

Host: Purdue University
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Setup Time: 7:00 AM
Contest Start Time: 11:00 AM
Live Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Team Leader: Tina Hayden
Team Members: 10
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Making a simple task very difficult.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
“You know what happens when you assume, it makes an ass out of u and me.”

Why we think we should win:
We think we should win because we, as a team, put in a lot of time and hard work in order to create a better, more efficient machine.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Flip a bottle, flip a switch, open door, turn on phone, spritzer bottle.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Today the great festival is taking place, with jousting, sword fights and a magnificent feast. The main event is the execution of a criminal of the worst kind. He was sentenced to death by guillotine. A brutal but quick way to die. Chop. It is done. His head rolls into the waiting bucket. The weight of the head pulls the bucket down, unblocking the canal and releasing the water. The waterwheel falls, hitting a tower of wood, causing it, and the princess on it, to fall. As she falls, a dragon across the dirt road rises, knocking over a maypole used for the festival. The maypole falling startles a horse and it gallops forward, running into a dummy hanging from a tree, shaking the tree. A branch falls and smacks a battering ram, forcing it to roll into a dragon trap. The trap sets off and a tornado appears. Sheep are flying everywhere. The tornado topples the town’s oldest tree. It lands near a bird which flies towards a green hill. A boulder on top of the hill is on the verge of falling because of the tornado. The bird landing on it is enough to send it down the hill, straight to the bottom. As it reaches the bottom, a strong gust of wind rushes into the sail of a nearby boat and it is propelled forward, right into a line of pillars. The pillars topple down, one after the other. The last one falls and almost crushes a maiden, who turns suddenly in surprise and slaps a band-aid onto the knight. Because even knights need band-aids.

Our Step List

1. Team member touches the “guillotine”. Guillotine’s plastic blade falls, causing a head (ball) to fall into bucket
2. Bucket is weighed down by the ball, which pulls on a string attached to a wooden dowel rod, dowel rod pulls out of PVC pipe and releases marbles
3. Marbles hit a catapult (spatula)
4. Catapult falls into a tower (Jenga blocks)
5. Princess sitting on top of the tower falls, princess was attached to a pulley, which causes a dragon to be pulled up
6. Dragon knocks down a maypole
7. Maypole falls down and unhooks a block in front of the horse
8. Horse hits a dummy
9. Dummy unpins and goes up (pivot point) causing pendulum to fall
10. Pendulum falls and hits battering ram
11. Battering ram hits mousetrap, setting it off
12. Mousetrap is tied to block on screw, block is pulled
13. 8 ball on screw goes down and hits a hammer
14. Hammer hits binder clip holding string
15. Binder clip releases string
16. String drops bucket holding golf ball on “hill”
17. Golf ball goes down ramped “hill”
18. Golf ball hits switch to fan, fan turns on
19. The wind blows the boat into the “dominoes”
20. The domino effect hits the maiden and she spins, applying the 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

Machine Run #1
Machine Run #2