The balloon killer

Arthur Miltner, Sonya Reznikova, Wesley Syme, Max Derrick
that-class ~ Mrs.Mealor-Jones: Rube Goldberg

Components #1, #2: RG & Physical Science

What is a Rube Goldberg machine? For each one, the materials and motivation are certainly different. A Rube Goldberg machine is an elaborate, extravagant, detailed, proudly complicated contraption that an inventor uses to complicate and extend the "process" of a momentous, simple task. Rube Goldberg, a famous 20th century radio voice, cartoonist, author, and inventor, described his contraptions himself: “a symbol of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to accomplish minimal results.” But why?

Because while at first appearing as the dictionary definition of a waste of time, the dreaming, planning, building, analyzing, and operating of a Rube Goldberg machine directly connects to a vital part of education and human progression: physical science. These oft-intimidating monsters of creativity can include parts that are made from scratch materials, other machines and inventions that do a minute role, and animate, living creatures who contribute to the overall purpose of the Rube Goldberg's task completion. Because of this, the creator of such a display is inherently a scientist as he thinks of how these machines' functions can move parts and cause effects- and while he expands a fan's or microwave's use with an action they weren't originally invented for. Playing around with aspects of our productivity such as electricity, heat, and simple machines, the builder/inventor/instantaneous-Rube-Goldberg combines artistry and logic in a fantastic challenge of simply doing something.

Famous modern-day examples include:

The Ok Go music video for "This Too Shall Pass", in which a design operating for slightly under four minutes sets off paint cannons that soak the band.

And the advertisement for Goldie Blox, a toy-to-book company that encourages girls growing up as engineers.

Rube Goldberg's famous "Automatic Hitler-Kicking Machine" presented in 1942

Our Machine

Component #3: Machine Explanation

Don't you hate it when you're decorating for a party and you have way too many balloons? Our brand-name Balloon Killer takes out the stress of deflating and needle-handling by implementing an efficient and attractive process involving the laws of science and simple machines. Take a look at our Rube Goldberg and see logical reasoning and progressive thinking with levers, pulleys, and ramps galore:

(Below, Component #6: Inspiring screenshots of our construction process.)

Our innovative, cardboard-duct-tape construction design has had elaborate thought put into it. We operate on the motto: "Do the best with what you have", and made great use of all of the spare cardboard lying around our houses. How Eco-Friendly! Not to mention budget friendly; after investing much of a party planning budget in luxurious, decorative balloons, it's simply impractical to pay any money for the construction of this necessity that will get rid of the nuisances. Our machine depends solely on simple machines, science, and the force of gravity to operate. Although The Balloon Killer would be a hit entertainment exhibit at any party, its greatness would surely fade if you had to unplug your stereo, sound system, or disco ball to power a noisy and wasteful fan, light, or heat source. We're fine using only what we learned in physics for our design: triggering dominoes use force, different, decorative elevation levels are brought to you by ramps, and the ever-so-wondrous suspending scissors? A simple pulley hangs straight.

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