Team # 359: Vineyard TEAM PAGE

Vineyard School
Ontario, CA, United States

Online Contest:
Open An Umbrella
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Georgina Reddick
Team Members: 4
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
We were studying Physics. We learned about different types of energy and how energy is transferred. We also learned about force and motion including Newton's Laws of Motion.

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
"Do what you like. Like what you do." - Jake, Life is Good

Why we think we should win:
We worked hard on our machine and studied energy transfers so we could explain all the transfers of energy of our machine. We invested a lot of personal time to make sure our machine worked consistently. We had a consistently successful machine during our school Rube Goldberg exhibit, showing it off to students in grades K through 8. At the District Rube Goldberg competition we competed against many schools and won first place. Every step of way we spent time after school to improve and revise our machine. We are proud of our work.

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Once upon a time Frankenstein’s monster lost his brain. There were four scientists that found his brain, and decided to throw it because they thought it was nasty and looked weird. It rolled down the hill and while Frankenstein was looking for it the brain fell right on top of his head. (Ball rolls down the ramp and drops into a box.) When it fell, the first thing that popped into his mind was he should eat a pumpkin pie. He snuck into a party that Jack-O-Lantern was having. While Frankenstein was eating his pie he bumped into a table and spilled a bunch of maggots into Jack-O-Lantern’s head. (Box pulls string tipping another box and rice falls into a pumpkin.) Moments later, Jack-O-Lantern realized that he had maggots in his head. This made his scream so loud that Skeleton got scared and fell down the stairs. (Pumpkin pulls rope raising a ramp and a marble rolls down.) When Skeleton fell down, he bumped into Witch and she was so mad that she decided to leave the party. (Marble falls into a box.) Witch flew and flew until she bumped into a group of bats. (Box slides down a string hitting dominoes.) The whole group of bats got scared. When they flew away they bumped into a pumpkin that was sitting on a hill looking at the stars. (Dominoes hit a ball.) The pumpkin rolled down the hill. While rolling down the hill the pumpkin hit the Car Of Doom that the four scientists had decided to chill in. (Ball rolls down ramp.) The car rolled forward and the scientists thought it was cool until they saw a ghost and accidentally ran him over. (Car pops balloon.) The ghost went through the car and disappeared. The car went so fast that it hit a zombie that was working on a construction site and chopped off his arm. (Hammer falls.) The arm flew and fell into a well that was actually a secret portal that led to another dimension. (Button is pushed opening the umbrella.) The car fell into the well and the scientists were instantly gone. That was the last time anyone ever saw the four scientists again. The End.

Our Step List

STEP 1: Baseball rolls down a ramp (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 2: Ball falls into a box (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 3: Box pulls on string (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 4: Rice falls out of box into pumpkin (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 5: Pumpkin pulls on a string (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 6: Marbles rolls out of the tube, down a ramp system into a basket (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 7: Basket goes down a string, hitting dominoes (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 8: Dominoes keep tipping hitting a ball (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 9: Ball rolls down a ramp and hits car (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 10: Car pops the balloon (Elastic Energy)
STEP 11: Hammer falls down on button (Mechanical Energy)
STEP 12: Button is pressed and umbrella is opened (Spring Energy)

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