Team # 923: Sabercats TEAM PAGE

Saguaro High School
Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Online Contest:
Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Online Division II - Ages 14 - 18 (High School)
Team Leader: Amy Johnson
Team Members: 5
Invitations: 6
Brody Meinz - invitation signed.
Joseph Corte - invitation sent
David Allyn - invitation signed.
Sarah Perleberg - invitation signed.
Nicholas Heim - invitation signed.
Adam Gilbreath - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
Physics, Engineering and Fun!

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, and try again!

Why we think we should win:
Because Einstein taught us, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." At this point we feel like we have run the same steps over and over so many times that we fit squarely into this definition. Therefore, we should win because we have modeled Einstein.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Throw a pie in someone's face

We set out to learn some physics and engineering while having a lot of fun. The goal was to draw inspiration from great scientists and inventors: Tesla, Ben Franklin, Einstein, etc. Once we got started we realized that we were more closely emulating MacGyver! Not too shabby, he was pretty cool. Our machine is a glorious concoction held together with copious amounts of duct tape and hot glue. The design is fun, whimsical, purposeful and reliable.

Our Step List

1. Push button to release bottle rocket.
2. Bottle rocket fires pulling string.
3. String tension pulls trigger to fire nerf gun.
4. Nerf dart (with pin on it) pops balloon with steel marble in it.
5. Steel marble rolls through Marble Run track system.
6. Steel marble projects into funnel and through PVC pipes.
7. Steel marble pushes button to activate roller coaster.
8. Roller coaster climbs up hill.
9. Roller coaster pushes the baseball off the ledge.
8. Baseball falls into cup and pushes fan switch.
9. The wireless fan switch turns on the fan.
10. The fan pushes the boat across the tub.
11. The boat pushes a marble through a tube.
12. The marble pushes the mouse down the track.
13. The mouse activates the mousetrap.
14. The mousetrap releases the helium balloon.
15. The helium balloon hits and tips lever.
16. The lever pushes a steel ball down the track.
17. The steel ball closes three switches on its way down the track.
18. The switches close circuits that heat wire in each Tupperware container.
19. The hot wire pops the milk filled balloons.
20. The milk flows through the tubing and into the bowl.
21. The weight of the milk tips the scale.
22. The tipped scale releases the weight.
23. The weight falls down tipping the cereal box.
24. The cereal pours into the bowl with the milk.

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