Wantagh Horizons- Lost in Space TEAM PAGE

Renee MacDermott
Wantagh, NY, USA

Online Contest:
Erase A Chalkboard
Online Division I - Ages 11 - 14 (Middle School)
Team Leader: Renee MacDermott
Team Members: 14
Invitations: 0

What we're studying:
simple machines, Newton’s Three Laws of motion, potential energy, kinetic energy

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. ~ Albert Einstein

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
open a box
raise a flag
tighten a knot
cut a string
turn on a switch
draw a line
pop a balloon
to turn something clockwise

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

As you watch our Rube Goldberg Machine in progress, you will notice how hard we worked to accomplish the task of erasing a chalkboard. As you travel with us through the milky way, we will close the black hole and save the world from total destruction. We based this whole machine around the inclusion of different simple machines. We spent many days studying each individual machine and preparing our ideas with each group. This led to the creation of our unique Rube Goldberg machine, Lost In Space. While displaying our theme of “Lost in Space”, we show a ball rolling down the long satellites which starts a chain reaction. This proves that in the end, we save the world from total destruction!

Our Step List

Step 1: Alien Finger taps Earth.
Step 2: Earth zooms down the U.F.O.
Step 3: Earth falls off the U.F.O.
Step 4: Earth rolls down two W.M.S. Class satellites.
Step 5: Ball rolls down alien suction tube.
Step 6: Ball touches missile launch button.
Step 7: Missile slams a evil round alien.
Step 8: Evil round alien falls down onto seesaw
Step 9: The seesaw tips the Alien Scales of Justice.
Step 10: The other round evil alien is now rolling and falling into Black Bucket Prison.
Step 11: Black Bucket Prison falls and a pulley yanks a string attached to the wall, releasing the Planet of Roundness.
Step 12: The Planet of Roundness rolls down the Galaxy Ramp.
Step 13: The Planet of Roundness then bumps the monster egg
Step 14:The monster egg yanks an alien tongue.
Step 15:This pulls a peg and releases the eraser.
Step 16: The alien swings on the eraser to close the black hole.

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