2015 International Online Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for ages 11-14TM

Super Saturday Team

School Name:

  • The Super Saturday Program


  • Greater Cincinnati Area


  • USA


  • 6-8


  • Mrs. Korin Mattei

Number of team members:

  • 13

What we're studying:

  • How to make the most elaborate contraption do the simplest thing in the most complicated way.

Our teacher's favorite quote:

  • "Yes, I have more duct tape!"

Why we think we should win:

  • All the kids worked so hard in the short time we had, to come up with ideas, work them out, and piece them together. All the sections worked pefectly, but we really needed about one more hour to work out the bugs of putting them together, This was the first time anyone here had tried this, so it was quite a challenge! The teamwork involved in the creation of the Awesome Hammer wheel and the water section was extraordinary!!!

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Please note the NEW ORDER and ADDITIONAL ITEMS (MACHINE VOLUME WORKSHEET and THE 3 VIDEOS in Section 5) needed for this year’s contest.


Section #2: Our Machine Run Video #1

Section #3: OUR STEP LIST

Box #1: MACHINE VOLUME WORKSHEET - download (at 100%) page 17 from the Rule Book, fill it out, scan it at 100% and save as a .jpg. Upload just like the photos.
Box #2 and #3: Upload photos of your choice.

Section #5: OUR CLOSE-UPS: VIDEOS:  
Box #1: Machine RUN VIDEO #2

Welcome to the first ever Super Saturday Program Rube Goldberg Machine Contest page!!! We had a blast, smashed a lot of fruit, and learned a lot working on this project.

We hope you enjoy it is much as we did! Long live the Awesome Hammer!

Our machine run video

Our machine explanation and walkthrough

Our step list

Our beginning first steps weren't working well on our last day, so sadly, we ditched them so we could film the contraption before class was over. A lot of kids worked hard on the first part, so I will list those steps here, anyway.

****cut fishing line with scissors
slinky walks down stairs
slinky bonks the water wheel which rolls across table to trigger dominos
dominos release newton's cradle****

1. Stefano triggers the Newton's Cradle, that triggers an enormous marble
2. Enormous marble goes down tube, turns on a power switch
3. Power starts the Chaos Tower's chain, which raises a string
4. String tips bucket of water into funnel
5. Water traveling through tube transports marbles inside pipe down a chute
6. Marbles knock large marble on a string like a pendulum
7. pendulum marble swings and whacks piece of plywood
8. Plywood hits water wheel which rolls down short ramp and smacks turntable
9. Turntable pivots and hits small domino run
10. Dominos hit marble that goes down a short marble track
11. Marble triggers a vertical see-saw thingy made of K'nex that triggers a small turnstile
12. Turnstile hits marble that goes down vortex and into tube hitting dominos
13. Domino run goes and knocks one domino on a string off the side of the table
14. Weight of domino off table releases the weight holding back the hammer wheel
15. Hammer wheel begins to roll down pipes
16. Hammer wheel hammers the nail into a peach!!!!

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