Team # 543: UF SWE's Rube Goldberg Design Team TEAM PAGE

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, United States

Online Contest:
Online Family Division - All Ages
Team Leader: Elise Dutreil/Naomi Sommer
Team Members: 5
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"If it's not broken, take it apart and fix it"

Why we think we should win:
We used recycled materials with a unique set of steps to create a fun and dynamic machine.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
Throw a paper airplane

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

A machine made of all re-purposed materials that places a bandaid on our gator. The theme is Alberta Gator's crazy adventure around Gainesville. It features many classic Gainesville sights such as the bat houses, Satchel's pizza, and UF golf course. Also, it is a very eco-friendly town, so we were able to salvage repurposed items to create our machine. Enjoy our machine and go gators!

Our Step List

1. Turn on music and propellor to hit and roll marble into blocks
2. Blocks fall into one another and lever is pressed
3. Lever releases pulley
4. Pulley releases marble
5. Marble knocks off golf ball on string
6. Golf ball on tether knocks tape of box
7. Tape falls on catapult
8. Catapult launches bat into domino tower
9. Domino tower falls and releases pin and bus
10. Bus rolls down ramp and hits marble
11. Marble goes down peg board and through funnel to hit lever and releases the wooden cylinder
12. Wooden cylinder rolls down ramp and pulls out nail to release the trophy
13. Trophy swings into cup of keys and knocks it over
14. Keys fall into basket and pull pulley to yank off clothes pin and release gator on zipline
15. Gator ziplines down and knocks over wooden support
16. Wooden support falls and releases ramp which causes the toy car to roll
17. Car rolls and pulls on wheel
18. Wheel releases marble down maze
19. Marble rolls down maze through marble run to hit BandAid box
20. Box slides off spring arm and spring arm with bandaid hits gator to apply bandaid

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