The Science Geeks TEAM PAGE

Danville, Indiana, USA

Online Contest:
Inflate A Balloon and Pop It!
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: The Best Teachers in the World
Team Members: 6
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
We are all studying different things: Animals of the Air & Land, Astronomy, General Science & Physical Science.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants." Sir Isaac Newton

Why we think we should win:
We put enormous amounts of work into our project. Not only did we learn (and succeed) while making our first Rube Goldberg Machine, but we learned teamwork, perseverance, and patience.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Make Kool-Aid, Turn a Newspaper Page, Take a Picture, Open & Close a Door, or Shuffle a Deck of Cards

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:


Our Step List

1. A science geek demonstrates Newton's First Law of Motion: he jerks away a clip board & two eggs drop in a glass of water
2. The eggs engage the pulley
3. The pulley breaks the magnetic field
4. The magnet releases an escaped lab rat
5. The lab rat coasts down an inclined plane, free falls & engages a rat trap
6. The rat trap engages a pulley
7. The pulley raises a balloon
8. The raised balloon dumps baking soda into the vinegar
9. A chemical reaction inflates the balloon
10. The balloon forces the scale end up while the other end pushes down
11. The action of the downward scale arm pushes another lever up
12. The lever tips the beaker & pours the water
13. The water travels down the tube into the bucket
14. The weight of the water forces the bucket down and pulls on a pulley
15. The pulley string triggers the rat trap
16. The force of the rat trap lets a ball drop
17. The ball proceeds down a tube
18. The ball collides with a stick which is supporting a cup of water and yeast
19. The yeast & water pour down a funnel
20. The falling liquid causes a chemical reaction in the glass cylinder: it speeds up the decomposition of the hydrogen peroxide (detergent is added to create foam)
21. The ball continues & collides with a book
22. The book knocks another book causing a mechanical effect
23. The final book jerks a pulley
24. The pulley yanks up a piece of wood & a marble is released
25. The marble rolls down a marble rail
26. The marble lands on a rat trap which releases a rat
27. The rat slides down a zip line
28. The rat hits a target attached to a paint stick
29. The paint stick knocks a golf ball into the cup
30. Under the weight of the golf ball, another paint stick levers up
31. The paint stick pushes a yardstick up, which causes a ball to roll down a length of tubing which is also a class one lever
32. As the ball rolls down, the zinc & copper plates underneath immerse in a vinegar solution causing a chemical reaction & a chirper sounds off
33. The ball’s weight forces the end of the tubing lever down which pulls on a string
34. The string pulls out a nail
35. The nail releases a car
36. The car on the inclined plane coasts down
37. The car collides with set of VHS tapes
38. The tapes fall forward causing a mechanical effect
39. The reaction splits into 3 paths: #1 engages a confetti catapult #2 engages another confetti catapult that also pulls a string to release our banner
40. #3 falls onto a rat trap that releases a pole that has a rubber glove attached to it
41. That gloved pole engages another rat trap which has a pole with a syringe attached to it
42. The syringed pole flies forward and the needle pops the balloon!

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