Team # 903: Westwood charter gives hunger the boot TEAM PAGE

Westwood charter elementary school
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Online Contest:
Pour A Bowl of Cereal
Online Apprentice - Ages 8 - 11 (Elementary School)
Team Leader: Cheryl Smith
Team Members: 9
Invitations: 9
Eamon Rowe - invitation signed.
Delano Pirozzi - invitation signed.
Sacha Van Hoovels-Juma - invitation signed.
Brooklyn Molden - invitation signed.
Haydn Lavalle - invitation signed.
Kayley Kirsch - invitation signed.
Sara Jayaraman - invitation signed.
Hillary Chi - invitation signed.
Lucas Burnett - invitation signed.

What we're studying:
Atoms, molecules, nutrition

Our Team Leader's favorite quote:

Why we think we should win:
We should win because our contraption is part of our commitment to raise awareness of childhood hunger. We integrated this project with Service Learning. We created a school wide campaign collecting over 140 boxes of Cheerios to donate to the LA Food Bank. We also think we should win because we have worked well with, learned from, and have been inspired by all the awesome students working hard in our class building several amazing Rube Goldberg machines.

Suggestion for next year's challenge:
slice a cake

Favorite Rube Goldberg video:

Our contraptions represent what we have learned about the conversion of food into glucose through the parts of the digestive system. We have focused on carbohydrates providing the body energy for daily life. Included are the ideas of atoms forming molecules- C6 H12 O6.
We used a variety of recycled materials including our "gutted" sofa, card board tubes, aluminum vents, science books, a lot a duck tape, and paper.

Our Step List

1. boot kicks glass ball
2. ball goes into mouth
3. ball travels into cardboard tube
4. ball continues into another tube
5. ball travels down an incline plane
6. ball continues down a smaller incline plane
7. ball hits books for domino effect
8. books hit two medium size tubes
9. tubes hit additional books (dominos effect)
10. hits the last book/domno which has a string tied on it and pours a bowl of cereal
in the bowl for a hungry child.

Our Close-ups: Photos

A maximum of 3 close-ups (scanned diagrams, photos). Images must be JPG or PNG, and less than 5 MB.

Our Close-ups: Task Completion

Our Machine Explaination and Walkthrough

Our Machine Run Videos

Machine Run #1
Machine Run #2