The Smarticle Particles TEAM PAGE

Ridgefield Public Schools
Ridgefield, CT, USA

Online Contest:
Erase A Chalkboard
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Kimberly Beck/David Bozzuto
Team Members: 3
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Earth Science

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"The most exciting phrase in science to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but that's funny..."- Isaac Asimov

Why we think we should win:
The smarticle particles should win because we put a lot of hard work and time into the project, it worked efficiently, and we had fun!

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
water a plant

Our Step List

1. Drop a marble into the first half pool noodle (green), and it rolls down
2. The same marble then drops off of the edge and falls into a second half pool noddle (green) and begins to roll in the opposite direction
3. Then again drops off of the ledge of THAT half pool noddle, and falls onto another, longer half pool noodle (green)
4. For the third time, the marble rolls off of the half pool noddle, and pushes a plastic cup, which acts as a zip line, and slides down and runs into a set of dominos
5. Those dominos run down some train tracks, and hit a marble
6. The marble then runs down the remainder of the train tracks
7. The marble then drops into a cardboard tube, and rolls down in a diagonal direction related to the train tracks.
8. It then drops into a pocket (of cardboard) then rolls through an insolation tube down the back of the structure
9. When the marble reaches the end of the tube it falls into another pocket of cardboard, and into another insolation tube, and turns at about a 90 degree angle
10. Step 9 repeats so that the tube is at the front of the structure
11. The marble falls out of the final insulation tube, and hits a second set of dominos which continues off of the side of the box, and one domino falls into a plastic cup
12. With the new weight of the domino, the cup will drop, pulling a string with it
13. Attached to the other end of the string is the weighted eraser, on the whiteboard, it is pulled across the area with marker on it. Thus finally erasing the whiteboard

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