The University of Texas
Austin, TX, United States

Open An Umbrella
Host: The University of Texas at Austin – ASME
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Setup Time: 10:30 AM
Contest Start Time: 12:30 PM
Live Division III - Ages 18+ (College)
Team Leader: JoAnna Boy
Team Members: 5
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
Mechanical Engineering

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
Optimist: The glass is half full.
Pessimist: The glass is half empty.
Engineer: The glass is twice the size it needs to be.

Why we think we should win:
Because we have the coolest, awesomest, most complicated machine.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Environmental impacts of littering

Our Step List

1. Crushed up can thrown onto platform and lifts scale
2. Scale pulls out stopper
3. Rubber band propeller sends boat paddling
4. Boat hits a straw lever
5. Straws rotates and drops marble
6. Marble rolls down tunnel of cups and hits a lever
7. Lever knocks a weight off the table
8. String on weight pulls up a wall
9. Removing the wall releases the wrecking ball
10. Wrecking ball swings and knocks over Miley Cyrus picture
11. Miley Cyrus picture falling pulls the wheel from the cart
12. Cart drops, dropping marble into the hanging cup
13. Cup is attached by string that lifts a piece of cloth
14. Cloth lifting drops a ball onto a mousetrap
15. Mousetrap pulls out a stopper, releasing a toy car down a ramp
16. Car is connected to another stopper that releases a marble down a ramp
17. Marble hits the “carbon footprint” arm
18. Arm swings and pops a balloon
19. Balloon is connected by string to drop the jar lid
20. Stress ball world falls out of jar lid
21. Stress ball rolls down a ramp and hits the shuttlecock
22. Shuttlecock falls down zipline to hit straw
23. Straw falls, allowing axe #1 to swing
24. Axe hits wooden trees in a domino effect
25. Final tree falls and pulls a string to lift bridge
26. Bridge knocks platform holding a marble
27. Marble rolls down bridge and hits a lever
28. Lever pulls a string to pull back axe #2, releasing panda bear
29. Panda bear rolls down track and hits billiard ball
30. Billiard ball rolls down ramp and sets off mousetrap
31. Mousetrap pulls string to knock over book
32. Book falls, pulling out stopper, releasing "seeds"
33. Final "seed" falls into a scale
34. Scale is connected to a string which pulls down weighted balloon
35. Falling balloon pulls up back of boat
36. Boat spills marbles into cup
37. Cup drops, pulling down mousetrap by pulley and string
38. Mousetrap arm spins ceiling fan
39. Ceiling fan spins the mousetrap attached to the umbrella into a post
40. Mousetrap arm hits button on umbrella, opening umbrella

Our Close-ups: Photos

Our Close-ups: Favorite Step

Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos