Team # 1159: Unqua Magnets TEAM PAGE

Unqua Elementary
Massapequa, NY, United States

Online Contest:
Put Money in a Piggy Bank
Online Apprentice - Ages 8 - 11 (Elementary School)
Team Leader: Loree Moran
Team Members: 9
Invitations: 10
Justin Amante - invitation signed.
Christopher Coghill - invitation signed.
Lily Dooher - invitation signed.
Silvia Izquierdo - invitation signed.
Brennan Kilkenny - invitation sent
Aidan Liardi - invitation signed.
Declan Stanton - invitation signed.
Kira Cutler - invitation signed.
Brennan Kilkenny - invitation signed.
Ioanna Livanis - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
We have been studying Rube Goldberg, simple machines, humor and cartooning.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Do more because you can!" by Mrs. Moran

Why we think we should win:
The Unqua Magnets team thinks we should win because during the building process of creating this unique contraption our team experienced extraordinary bonding and our relationships with each other grew stronger and stronger. Our team established trust between the members and we used teamwork to allow each other to do their best, each using their unique talents like engineering, building, art, writing, even acting! It was a great learning experience too! We found out we had talents and abilities we didn't even realize. We have worked so hard on this project. At first, the focus was on winning, but at the end, the journey itself was really enjoyed-especially the bloopers!
We believe we did a great job by creating a theme and story that fully relate to the task of putting money in a piggy bank. We included lots of everyday items and farm related accessories.We didn't use a single domino or marble run! We had tons of humor and puns, and the bloopers were funnier than the runs that worked!
Our team yearns and deserves to win this contest for the many reasons explained. We had jumbles of fun during the process of completing this project and are so glad we joined in. Trust us-we had no idea what we had signed up for!

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

The Unqua Magnets have built an extraordinary machine using numerous energy transfers and machines (simple or otherwise) including a wedge, pulley, inclined plane, spring, and conveyor belt, in order to complete the task of putting money into a piggy bank.
Our theme is Miss Piggy meets Old MacDonald. During our walkthrough there are many "pig puns" and lots of humor is displayed throughout the entirety of the machine. The machine starts at Old MacDonald's Retirement Farm and Miss Piggy is in quite a pickle when she arrives! Never fear-Old MacDonald is able to save the day because she only grows "cash crops"!

Our Step List

1. Old MacDonald activates the machine by "milking" Maggie.(releasing the stopper on the bottle attached to the back of Maggie)
2.The milk pours into a bucket resting on a wedge.
3.When the bucket tips, the milk pours into a PVC pipe set on an incline.
4. The milk flows down and out of the pipe, into a funnel which leads into another bucket at the end of the funnel.
5.As the weight of the milk in the bucket increases, the energy is transferred to the pulley system causing the bucket to go down to the floor.
6.As the bucket goes down, the pulley pulls the garden tools on the other side up.
7.As the garden tools rise, they knock into the shelf the tomato (red ball) is resting on transferring energy to the ball.
8. When the ball is activated, it rolls down the Tomato Chute, an inclined plane, gathering momentum as it goes.
9. The ball transfers its energy when it bumps the tractor at the bottom of the inclined plane, activating the tractor to go down another inclined plane.
10. Halfway down the hill, fishing line that is attached to the tractor pulls an ear of corn that is attached to a slinky causing it to fall and dump coins into a bucket.
11. At the bottom of the hill, a screw that extends from the tractor makes contact with another screw attached to the wires connected to a motor.
12. When that contact is made, the electrical circuit is complete and the motor turns on activating the conveyor belt .
13. The buckets on the conveyor belt contain coins. When the buckets reach the top they dum the coins into a funnel.
14. The coins spin through the funnel and drop into the piggy bank.

Our Close-ups: Photos

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Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos

Machine Run #1
Machine Run #2