The Big Bang TEAM PAGE

Princeton Polymaths LLC
Princeton, NJ, USA

Online Contest:
Hammer A Nail
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Harini Subrahmanyam
Team Members: 8
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
How to combine nuclear particles to form a complex system which ends up hitting a hammer.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
I told you so!

Why we think we should win:
We should win because we put a lot of effort into it and we are awesome.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
1. Make something whistle
2. Fill a cup with water
3. Hit a ball 2 and 1/2 feet.
4. Wind up a clockwork toy

We're going out with a BIG bang!!

Our Step List

Rube Goldberg 2013 “The Big Bang”
Task: Hammer a Nail
Step List and Plot Line

Step List
1) Person drops the golf ball
2) Ball rolls down the tube and knocks down the wood plank
3) The plank knocks down Jenga blocks that slowly gain altitude by going up steps
4) The final Jenga block hits another golf ball
5) The golf ball rolls down track and through the tube then hitting more Jenga blocks
6) Jenga blocks go around a turn and hit small book
7) Small book hits bigger book
8) Bigger book hits oatmeal container held up by a duct tape wedge
9) Tube falls down hitting more books that get larger as they go on
10) A duct tape roll on the end of a pulley is held up by the biggest book. When it falls, the bell rings (listen carefully for the bell in the uncut video) signifying the birth of his child (refer back to plotline)
11) Last book hits hammer
12) Hammer hits nail held up by a block of foam which is supported by Jenga blocks in container

Rube Goldberg 2013 “The Big Bang”
Task: Hammer a Nail

Plot Line:
The plot line of our machine goes as follows: The drop of the ball signifies the birth of a child. As the Jenga blocks go on and the ball falls, it signifies the growth of the child, as shown by the letter blocks, the balls and the book. As the two books fall, it signifies more growth, as shown by the two different elementary yearbooks from different years. Unfortunately, the falling of the oatmeal container signifies an obstacle in the child’s life. The books signify how the child became an adult. The first books used are children's books, then there are teen books, and finally there are cookbooks, computer books, and home repair books. As more books fall, it signifies now the young adult overcoming that obstacle and maturing even more, as shown by the workbooks. Eventually, he has a child, signified by the pulley ringing the bell. The cookbook shows he has to cook for his family. When the hammer hits the nail, it shows full maturity in the person who is now an adult.

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