Team # 956: Team Duct Tape TEAM PAGE

Christ the King School
Kansas City, KS, United States

Online Contest:
Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Ben Lausman
Team Members: 8
Invitations: 10
Juan Lopez - invitation signed.
Karla Marquez - invitation signed.
Lily Hinkle - invitation signed.
Jordan White - invitation signed.
Shannon Lynch - invitation signed.
Joe Hernandez - invitation sent
Isaac Hernandez - invitation signed.
Lily Dinkel - invitation signed.
Joe Hernandez - invitation opened.
Lily Dinkel - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
We studied all type of science topics. Most of our project was with forces, motion, friction, and types of energy. We also used simple machines like ramps and pulleys. We built a circuit to power our garage door. The most difficult part was following a a design and scientific method. We wanted to build and test using trial and error but with our teachers help we found that recording and writing down what we tried could help save time. This way we did not keep repeating our mistakes.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Be kind for everyone is fighting a great battle"

Why we think we should win:
We think we are eligible to win the Rube Goldberg Contest because we spent a total of 50 hours working on this project. Many other teams have done the same, but we have put a lot of work into our project. We have gone through test and fail so many times, it’s crazy. We have gone through idea after idea many times. Many ideas we came up with didn’t make it, but some did. Through the process of making our machine, we made lots of friends. We all got a little closer through it all. We helped each other when we needed it. This is why we should win.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
For next year's challenge, they should try to open a book. It is easy and simple. There are many ideas to do it. With a little bit of thinking, it would be a piece of cake. The machine could be complex and difficult, yet still be fun. We think that we would make it more difficult. Then we could try to do it in front of the judges. We could also try to start early

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Our name is Team Duct Tape and we are from Christ the King School. We decided on our name because of the amount of tape we used. We have spent countless hours brainstorming, tinkering, and building our machine. Our calculations show that each person on our 8 person team spent about 50 hours working on our project. During this time we had many ups, downs, frustrations, and joys. We have found that the delayed gratification (as our teacher has taught us) was definitely worth it. There were many times during the months of progress that we wanted to give up but by helping each other out and perseverance we completed our machine (you can hear our cheering at the end of our video). We learned many life lessons, science topics, built friendships, and accomplished the difficult task of pouring a bowl of cereal. Our machine is a series of ramps, ball bearings, dominoes, wires, batteries, tubing and assortment of other materials we could found in the classroom . We hope you enjoy our Rube Goldberg machine.

Our Step List

1) Human releases book.
2) Wind up cars rolls off desk and gravity pulls it down
2b) Meter stick hits car on ramp and pulls ruler down.
2c)Ruler lets go of cereal.
2d) Cereal goes into bowl
3) Car knocks over books.
4) Books knock down dominoes.
5) Dominoes hits ball bearing.
6) Ball bearing rides ferris wheel.
7) Ferris wheel carries ball into ramp x2.
8) Ramp x2 makes ball go into another ramp.
9) Ball goes into a switch and completes circuit
10) Circuit powers motor.
11) Garage door opens.
12) Ball bearing rolls and hits mouse trap.
13) Milk is pulled over.
14) Milk goes into funnel, through tube
15) Milk pours into bowl

Our Close-ups: Photos

A maximum of 3 close-ups (scanned diagrams, photos). Images must be JPG or PNG, and less than 5 MB.

Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos

Machine Run #1
Machine Run #2