St. Patrick Catholic School
Norfolk, VA, USA

Online Contest:
Inflate A Balloon and Pop It!
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Mr. Gorman
Team Members: 7
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Physical Science

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"42, the answer to everything."
Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
If it moves at the speed of light, it's light!

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Our Step List

The BLTs Step Listing

a. Release the ball
b. Ball rolls down the rollercoaster
c. Ball leaves the rollercoaster and rolls down the ramp
d. Ball collides with the blocks causing a chain reaction
e. Last block falls on mousetrap
f. Mousetrap snaps and releases the weight
g. Weight falls and lifts the funnel
h. Marble in funnel is tipped into the tube and old drain pipe
i. Marble travels through the pipe
j. At the end of the pipe the marble strikes another set of blocks
k. Blocks begin to fall and climb the steps
l. Last block falls and pushes the car over the edge
m. Car rolls down to the mass acceleration system
n. There the car is accelerated to near warp speed
o. The car encounters a road block in the form of a round pipe; the other end of the pipe is holding back a bowling ball
p. When the pipe is hit is moves slightly back
q. Thus releasing the bowling ball
r. Ball rolls down the trough
s. Ball hits the inflation lever
t. Air begins to flow through the nozzle into the balloon
u. Balloon begins to fill … and fill … and fill
v. Then --- BAM!!! --- It bursts

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