Team # 973: That Was Easy TEAM PAGE

Riviera Preparatory Academy
Redondo Beach, CA, United States

Online Contest:
Put Money in a Piggy Bank
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Maureen Rubin
Team Members: 3
Invitations: 4
Ryan Rubin - invitation signed.
Noah Donson - invitation signed.
Jet Pham - invitation sent
Jet Pham - invitation signed.



What we're studying:
We are a free build group.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Failure is an option, but then we just keep on going." Team That Was Easy 2019


Our machine is about things that you might think will be easy in the beginning but actually turn out to be hard, just like this machine. We started with an Easy Button and joking how building the machine was going to be easy. We actually found it be challenging. Some of our parts didn't work, but we never gave up. Even though we found it hard, we still continued on and wanted to finish. Keeping it funny by joking about it being easy helped us keep a good attitude. The machine has many parts, including containers, hot wheel cars, train tracks, fishing line, wood, metal brackets, pulleys, levers, a wind-up toy reinvented, and, of course, a piggy bank. We hope you enjoy.

Our Step List

Step 1: Car rolls down track
Step 2: Dental floss attached to car triggers marble
Step 3: Marble falls in swinging cup
Step 4: Swinging cup hits lever
Step 5: Lever triggers domino track
Step 6: Domino hits weight made of magnets and wood
Step 7: Weight falls over and pulls out block holding ball with fishing line
Step 8: Ball rolls down fishing line and hits lever
Step 9: Lever hits another domino track
Step 10: Domino track knocks over block that is preventing another block, which is attached to a wind up motor, from spinning
Step 11: Spinning block hits ping pong ball
Step 12: Ping pong ball rolls down track and knocks off block at the end, causing the lever to tilt in the other direction
Step 13: Ping pong ball rolls in the opposite direction and hits gradually size increasing domino track
Step 14: Biggest domino acts as weight and when It falls It pulls another weight
Step 15: Absence of second weight allows pulley to pull up a marble in a drinking cup
Step 16: Marble drops out of drinking cup, onto track, and rolls down
Step 17: Marble hits foam block and changes direction into container
Step 18: Container falls on impact with marble
Step 19: Container hits Easy Button
Step 20: Piece of wood attached to container with a string gets yanked loose by falling container
Step 21: Absence of piece of wood allows coin to roll into piggy bank

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