Team # 971: Piggy Bank TEAM PAGE

Lincoln Middle School
Pullman, WA,

Online Contest:
Put Money in a Piggy Bank
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Karin Akmal
Team Members: 5
Invitations: 10
Kiara Donolo - invitation signed.
Gelin Pan - invitation sent
Charles Liu - invitation signed.
Max Turneaure - invitation sent
sophie armstrong - invitation sent
sophia gauthier - invitation sent
Teodoro Uberuaga - invitation signed.
Estelle Uberuaga - invitation signed.
Neal Wang - invitation signed.
Neal Wang - invitation sent

What we're studying:
we are studying the engineering process which includes problem solving, creativity, teamwork, persistence, testing and revision and using imagination. We also focus a lot on the importance of recycling as you can see in this video.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research." Albert Einstein

Why we think we should win:
We had a great time and laughed even when it was hard. Our coach made us do EVERYTHING. We worked really hard to reuse things like toilet paper tubes. We learned alot, but it wasn't a class.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
unzip velcro

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

It was a peaceful night in downtown Pigville, everything was silent, the ideal night for a heist. The three little bank robbers had been planning this for days. They had just robbed a bank and now had to prepare to make a big deposit, they have to get all the money to the bank after hours to avoid being caught. So they did what any sensible pig would do, make an over complicated plan that involved getaway cars and crazy avalanches. But first, they needed to get past the security.
As they silently snuck into the bank, they saw a security guard who was standing by the entrance to the vault. They zoomed through and knocked the guard out cold. The pigs snuck through the FBI security cameras without being seen and plunged in the first vault. Then, they climbed on their ladder, burst out of the vault, and jumped into their getaway car and drove off while a ninja examined their every move.
They swung on a bungee cord, while the suspicious ninja tracked them when they knocked over a trash can (Perfectly positioned at the top of their secret bunker) It was the same one that they were going to remove for a week.
“Pig Two, I thought I told you to do it!” yelled Pig One.
“ I told Pig Three to do it!” said Pig Two.
¨But I told my fish to do it so I could play games!¨ Exclaimed Pig Three and the fish said nothing.
“It was the fish!!!” they cried. The fish tried to look innocent.
Unbeknownst to the the three pigs it was actually Pig Four who was the evilest of all the pigs. Pig Four wanted to foil the three pigs plans and steal their money.
Now, in their fortification, the trash can knocked over a giant pipe that held up the underground space. The pipe brought down many houses, toppling them over like dominoes. The last house fell off a cliff, knocking over a tree with a bungee cord, which they climbed up. As soon as they got to the top, they accidentally hit a boulder, which hit another boulder, which hit another boulder which caved in the ground and toppled all the trees around it. Suddenly, the tree smashed off the ground and swung down. The pigs thought for sure they were dead, but a string held the tree from the cliff and stopped them from falling into the abyss and getting carried away in the avalanche. The tree swayed and swayed. Suddenly, darkness loomed over them. Almost immediately, they toppled into a hole, and they were in a roller coaster ride.
“WOOHOO” they yelled and dropped down, but then they saw a sign saying under 700 lb. They were all 2,000 pounds, so when they went through the loopy loop part of the roller coaster, they fell and crashed down, rolling over and over in circles. They dropped the cash they stole, and it landed in their piggy bank.

Our Step List

1. we raise up the tennis ball
2. the tennis ball rolls down a ramp
3 tennis ball hits toilet paper roll with duct tape on top
4 falling duct tape triggers wheel
5 wheel knocks over buckett with golf ball inside
6 bucket tips over
7 golf ball in bucket hits car
8 cars rolls down ramp
9 car hits can.
10 step 9 triggers pole to fall
11 pole falling knocks over book dominos
12 book slides down ramp and triggers pulley
13 pulley knocks over balls and dominos
14 ball triggers zipline
15 zipline knocks over clipboard
16 clipboard makes ball fall into tunnel
17 ball goes through maze thing
18 ball knocks pennies into piggy bank.

Our Close-ups: Photos

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Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos

Machine Run #1
Machine Run #2