Tri City Christian Academy
Chandler, AZ, USA

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Online Contest:
Inflate A Balloon and Pop It!
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Mrs. Sullivan
Team Members: 23
Invitations: 0

    What we're studying:
    We just finished studying simple machines!

    Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
    This one comes from Hannah Adams: The race is not always won by the swiftest but by those who keep on running.

    Why we think we should win:
    Our hearts, skill, and creativity are all working together. And with God, all things are possible.

    Suggestion for next year's challenge:
    Sponsorship for schools with small budgets.

    Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

    "Travel My Country, America"

    Our Step List

    1. A marble rolls down a tube and hits a pool ball.
    2. The pool ball rolls down a chute and drops into a bowl on our pulley system.
    3. The bowl drops down and sends a board up.
    4. The board comes up and knocks a VHS movie case.
    5. The VHS movie case knocks over a series of other cases.
    6. The last case hits a pole on our wheel and axle system.
    7. The pole comes up and hits 2 separate spheres, splitting our machine into 2 parts.
    8. One of the spheres, a marble, slides down a ramp and hits another marble.
    9. The second marble slides down a chute and hits a switch.
    10. The switch turns an air compressor on.
    11. The air compressor blows air into a balloon until it inflates and pops.
    12. The other sphere, a golf ball, slides down a ramp, changes direction, then slides down another ramp and hits another golf ball.
    13. The second golf ball jumps up onto another ramp and hits a basketball.
    14. The basketball rolls down a ramp and hits a book.
    15. The book falls onto a radio remote control.
    16. The radio remote control sends a signal to a train and starts the train on its track.
    17. The train goes around the track and hits a weight.
    18. The weight falls onto a button which turns on an air compressor.
    19. The air compressor blows air into a second balloon until it inflates and pops.

    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