Open An Umbrella
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
What we're studying:
How to effectively use materials typically headed for a landfill to make an awesome Rube Goldberg machine! We recycled,
re-purposed, and saved our parents a lot of money. Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
DON'T BUMP THE TABLE!!!Why we think we should win:
Because we didn't enter to win, but after doing much better than we thought we would, we created an awesome machine and believe it's a winner! Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Opening a lock with a key or moving something up or down stairs. Favorite Rube Goldberg video:
Our machine is called Recycled Awesomeness. We use old twine and festive red duct tape often. We added artwork to the table depicting nature. It's a split level machine that uses 99.5% recycled & re-purposed materials. We worked so hard, we aged rapidly and grew matching mustaches.
Our Step List
1. String pull triggers Wheel Whirley. 2. Gear Arm is triggered. 3. Green Croquet Ball Sr. drops. 4. Metal Blade turns. 5. Skinny Wood Scale pivots. 6. Guillotine swings. 7. Taxi Car rolls. 8. Duct Tape Ball falls. 9. Tall Rod is released. 10. Green Heli Blade spins. 11. Cardboard Tower falls. 12. Metal See-Saw lowers. 13. Weighted Gears fall. 14. Duck Looking Duct Tape Skewer rotates. 15. Orange Croquet Ball rolls. 16. Weighted M & M Container is nudged. 17. Decapitated Snowman Head swings. 18. Green Car speeds down metal tunnel. 19. Green Croquet Ball, Jr. rolls down track. 20. Finish Line Flag, (not the actual end of our run), is hit. 21. Green Bouncy Ball is released. 22. Dominoes fall and foil wrapped domino completes electrical circuit. 23. Motor winds string. 24. Catapult is released, pulling string. 25. Steely Ball drops down Black Tube. 26. Weighted Duct Tape rolls over string. 27. Umbrella String is pulled out of Steely Ball Tube. 28. Steely Ball drops down Steely Ball Tube. 29. Tape, Domino, Wood, Another Piece of Wood, White Metal Tube, and Block of Wood chain reaction. 30. String pulls Fancy Little Umbrella open!
Our Close-ups: Photos
Our Close-ups: Favorite Step
Our Close-ups: Task Completion
Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough
Our Machine Run Videos