Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Lake Holcombe School
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Setup Time:
7:00 AM Contest Start Time:
Live Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Kylie Van Dyke - invitation sent
Alex Mitchell - invitation signed.
Kaleb Betwos - invitation signed.
Lima Sarhadi - invitation signed.
Giang Pham - invitation signed.
Meilin Tang - invitation signed.
Sean Wu - invitation signed.
Jo Betwos - invitation signed.
Gabrielle Hull - invitation sent
The Cereal Killers present a darkly humorous depiction of how your breakfast cereal reaches your table. From science lab to pasture to kitchen, its progress is tracked through every step of processing.
Cows, pigs, sheep, even the adaptive chicken are relics of the past. Due to the pollutions in the air and ground biological animal creatures mostly died off. Except for, of course, the human race who were able to cling to life in small, scattered numbers. We were nearly extinct and then we made a comeback after finding our new source of food. This replenished our diminishing supplies. Similar to what we had in the past we ate animals…. Except these animals were also part plant, a mix of animal genes and plant genes. A grass cow, or wheat-sheep.
Our government took charge and directed research on developing a strain of this animal to produce the food we used to consume before the famine, such as cereal, muffins, pancakes, bread, or pasta. It was like genetically modifying plants… but also animals. So the government conducted many experiments, never quite getting the correct combination until at least a decade after their discovery. This is when they introduced the creatures to the population, showcasing the White Beast.
The creature is actually quite innocent looking--very angelic, with wings as white as the snow outside, its colorfulness shining through its skin. It even smells fruity and nice. But it is also very aggressive unless drugged with food and water. It is the best strain of animal for producing cereal for breakfast times. We still practice our barbaric methods to create a surplus in the food storage.
Even in this time, the general population does not know much of this. They do not even know what is such common knowledge today. The government actually seemed to hide the fact that in order to get foods such a bread, pasta, cereal, cookies, muffins, they had to slaughter Beasts, and in an even more barbaric way than now, creating whacked contraptions to extract the plant material to create food in fear of the vicious beasts.
What these mad scientists do to such a creature is… kindness when growing the Beast in their labs and pastures, and agonizing torture when dragging them unwillingly into their labs of torture, and finally killing it, whereupon it becomes part of your healthy breakfast.
This is why we are here. Our purpose today as scientist interns is to describe to viewers a quick overview of what used to happen in the past; how your morning meal was prepared, and what many citizens don’t know about our past.
In the past, the process was usually between four different platforms; the pasture where the food was raised, the scientists’ lab where the Beast was prepped to become your breakfast, and the transportation from the lab to a home and the kitchen where it was turned into your breakfast. The pasture always had enough water to drink, and often the food and water were drugged in order to make the animal less aggressive and vicious. Elaborate plans had to be made in the lab in order to execute kill orders for creatures because of the level of threat, so often the pasture was connected with a science lab.
The processes now compared to the primitive ones from decades ago have improved greatly. The elaborate plans may hiccup from time to time, but provide a means for someone's food to arrive safely in their own home and even have a meal prepared. Since our country is one that practices minimalism, it is easier to find a bowl to place cereal in and sit comfortably on the ground.
We have created this diagram to demonstrate the ways of the past and their inefficiencies.
Our Step List
1. The operator lets go of the tennis ball at the top of the ramp.
2. The tennis ball rolls down the ramp and hits the tennis ball pendulum at the end of the second ramp.
3. The tennis ball falls down and swings, hitting the weight.
4. The weight moves onto the syringe, pushing it downward.
5. The water in the first syringe is pushed through the clear plastic pipe into the second syringe.
6. The plunger of the second syringe rises, pulling up the mini-door.
7. The mini-door drops the eggs into the chute.
8. The eggs fall into the boat, moving it forward.
9. The boat hits the ramp inside the container and tips over.
10. The eggs inside the boat fall out and roll along the ramp into the wind power tower.
11. The fan blows the eggs up through the tower and out onto a ramp.
12. The eggs roll down the ramp and through the wall and fall onto the egg carton that forms the base of the scale.
13. The weight of the eggs unbalances the scale, tilting it downward.
14. The other end of the scale moves upward, releasing anther tennis ball.
15. The tennis ball drops into a pipe and hits the weight.
16. The weight falls, pulling up the door at the corner while the beast moves toward that side.
17. The beast is pulled to the next compartment, hitting the scale on the way.
18. The needle on the other side of the scale pops the balloon.
19. The weight on the other side of the scale falls, making the other side move up to trigger the next scale.
20. The new scale bar hits the dominos.
21. The last domino starts the toy car.
22. The toy car starts the rope rotation machine, moving the beast attached to its string down the ramp.
23. The half-zipped beast is moved up to the top, where it tips over.
24. The cereal inside falls down into the zigzag, pinball-like board, ending up in the corner.
25. The cereal spills into the ramp and falls into the bowl.
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