Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Utah Air Force Association & Weber State University-Division I
Friday, January 19, 2018 Setup Time:
8:00 AM Contest Start Time:
Live Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Adel Roennebeck - invitation sent
Brylee Roennebeck - invitation sent
Mary Farmer - invitation signed.
Hannah Zohner - invitation signed.
Alex Zohner - invitation signed.
Lauren Forsberg - invitation signed.
Malaki Joslyn - invitation signed.
Ezekiel Ingrum - invitation sent
What we're studying:
We are studying potential and kinetic energy, cause and effect, scale, proportion and quantity, and team building. We are also working on the engineering process of planning, trying, and refining. Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
If at first your don't succeed, try, try again.Why we think we should win:
We think we should win because we have gone through LOTS of trial and error in trying to make our machine work. We have grown closer together as a team and as friends. Also, we have a lot of original steps using simple machines and random stuff we found in our science teacher's supply closet. Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Answering a cell phone, changing a diaper on a baby doll, opening a jar of pickles, tying or untying a shoelace, tearing out a piece of paper from a notebook, opening a door with a handle, drawing a picture or painting a picture
Picture a cloudy day and a light rain falls onto a farmer's newly planted crop of wheat. As the rain descends the tender seeds begin to grow. As the delicate shoots grow they flourish until harvest time where they explode into deliciousness.
In the factory, the wheat is magically transformed into a sugar glazed, crunchy, and slightly unhealthy breakfast. It is packaged and placed on the train. The train engine roars to life as it transports the delectable cereal to the store. The items are shelved into the store and children pass by the aisles with eyes full of wonder, hoping their mother will buy their favorite sugar coated, crunchy cereal. The mother caves and buys the cereal. She wakes the next morning only to find the box is empty! As she looks at the table, her eyes widened as she sees the cereal poured into one giant bowl with milk splashed over the top. It's magically delicious!
Our Step List
1. The "rain" (silver bb's) hits the "seed" (marble).
2. The seed (marble) travels in the furrow (insulated pipe) and hits the dominoes.
3. The dominoes fall onto a see-saw.
4. The see-saw moves the metal ball from off the "wheat" or craft sticks.
5. The craft sticks knock a weight off the platform on a pulley.
6. This pulls down teeter-totter which releases a marble.
7. The marble falls down the plinko board and turns on the train.
8. The train goes around the track and hits a lever.
9. The lever turns on the conveyor belt.
10. The conveyor belt pulls out a weight from under a wooden spindle.
11. The spindle triggers some dominoes.
12. The dominoes land on two different mousetraps.
13. One mousetrap releases a marble which falls on another mousetrap.
14. This mousetrap releases a nail which makes the hammer move.
15. The hammer then hits a cup full of milk which falls onto the cereal.
16. The other mousetrap releases a windup car which releases the eggs.
17. The eggs land in a bag which becomes heavier and releases a metal marble.
18. The marble goes down a tube and hits a cardboard lever to release the cereal into the 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