Team # 172: Patriots - Blue Team TEAM PAGE

Cornerstone Christian Academy and Willo-Hill Christian School
Willoughby, OH, United States

Online Contest:
Open An Umbrella
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Tami DAmico
Team Members: 13
Invitations: 0



Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
Not my quote, but one they used often: "we're all in this together" often in song form.

Why we think we should win:
This team worked so hard to come up with innovative steps to complete the task. I personally love the final step being mechanical and not using a push button umbrella. The team really had to come together the final two days and complete the project without me being there due to a violent stomach flu.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
open a soda can
hit a snooze button


Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

The blue team's entry is a day at the beach. We have fun with flying seagulls, flipping fish, falling coconuts, a giant clam and a breaking chair that triggers our final umbrella step. Our team showed up to numerous work sessions and worked really well together to complete the task! We hope you enjoy!

Our Step List

1. seagull flies down the zipline and crashes into the lever
2. the lever flips the nest over
3. the clown fish flops onto the shoot
4. The shoot bumps the toy rake
5. the rake swings into the toy shovel
6. the shovel hits into the wood flap
7. flap lifts tennis ball
8. the tennis ball rolls into the pendulum lever and falls into the bucket
9. the pendulum knocks into the other lever
10. the lever hits the tennis ball
11. the tennis ball rolls through the cups and into ball bearing
12. the ball bearing falls into funnel and tube pushing the kite down into the power strip
13. the power strip powers the fan
14. the fan blows the boat
15. the boat bumps into the push rod
16. the push rod pushes the golf ball down the ramp
17. the golf ball sets off the mouse trap
18. mouse trap arm pulls on the dolphin
19. the dolphin dives through and pulls the hoop
20. the hoop pulls down on the bucket
21. the tennis ball falls from bucket and rolls down the ramp
22. the tennis ball knocks over the dominoe boards
23. the last board drops the chain on the mousetrap on wall
24. mouse trap pulls on a second chain to pull the cork out of the cloud (water bottle)
25. the water flows through the tube
26. water fills sand pail lifting the ball
27. the ball pushes up on the lever
28. lever pushes down on the "coconut" in tree
29. the coconut rolls down the ramps
30. coconut releases oar which swings
31. oar knocks boogie board dominoes over
32. second boogie board pushes down on lever with clam
33. clam moves to release pearl golf ball down the ramp
34. the pearl golf ball falls on another lever which pushes up a platform
35. the tipping platform sends a ball bearing into the bucket
36. the bucket pulls down and lifts up on the 1st window
37. the ball bearing on window rolls down the window and falls into a cup and tips the next window - this sequence repeats until the third window
38. third window rolls ball onto the ramp
39. the ball rolls onto a mouse trap
40. first mouse trap flips the sand castle
41. sand castle hits a second mouse trap
42. second mouse trap pulls forward the seat of the chair
43. seat of chair pulls pin from the support board
44. support board falls from umbrella
45. umbrella falls and opens from its own weight pushing against a stopping mechanism
task completed!

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