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Finally Video and Instructable !

Posted on: February 26, 2013

Yeah !

We edited our video and it’s now available on YouTube (did I mention we won the “Best use of the Kinks award” and “Best use of sugar cube award” ?)

We also wrote an instructable to let you know some tips & tricks about making Rube Goldberg Machines : http://www.instructables.com/id/Useful-technical-tips-to-build-a-Rube-Goldberg-mac/

We had a lot of fun participating The Deconstruction and we wanted to thank all the organizers. Thank you for this awesome atmosphere that made anything possible !


There !!

Posted on: February 25, 2013

Our Photosynthesis Rube Goldberg machine is up and working. Well, working approximately one time out of three.

That’s already pretty fun, sending Alceste the Lego football supporter into a giant paper ice-cream cone and firing a sugar catapult. What’s more, we have made ourselves up in carrots, so I guess when we have sorted all our photos we will have pretty good ones as a memento.

We uploaded a video presenting our deconstructed photosynthesis:

We were interviewed on the host feed and had a good laugh. We got awarded the Best use of the Kinks Award and the Best use of sugar cube Award. I’m thinking of putting it down on my résumé for my next internship…

Now it’s 5 AM but we are too hyped to go to sleep yet, so we decided to tidy up our video and put an Instructable together while waiting for dawn (and with a little luck more snow outside).

So we’ll keep posting on our project.


Nearly there !

Posted on: February 24, 2013

We have finished assembling the final version of the ending sequence rat-trap/latch/catapult and of the beginning sequence swinging light bulb/dominos/seesaw.

The rest of the elements are ready, so we just need to put them together to link the beginning and the ending sequences.

Here are a few photos of what it looks like:

Beginning of the chain reaction : swinging light bulb and dominos

Beginning of the chain reaction : swinging light bulb and dominos

Beginning of the chain reaction : swinging light bulb and dominos

Beginning of the chain reaction : swinging light bulb and dominos

Alceste is ready to fly

Alceste is ready to fly

The seesaw supposed to send Alceste flying into a paper ice-cream cone

The seesaw supposed to send Alceste flying into a paper ice-cream cone

The flag at the back is actually the flag of the Kingdom of Araucanie and Patagonia, a kingdom that existed from 1860 to 1862 but whose royal house is still alive and fighting for the rights of the Mapuche people.

The light bulb hold in its waiting position by a fork

The light bulb hold in its waiting position by a fork

The rat-trap/latch/catapult sequence

The rat-trap/latch/catapult sequence

The SUGAR CATAPULT

The SUGAR CATAPULT

The sugar in the sugar catapult

The sugar in the sugar catapult

The latch

The latch

The rat-trap

The rat-trap


Artist work

Posted on: February 24, 2013

While Matthias and Flora struggle to put the different parts of the machine together, Valentine, Harold and me are taking an artistic work.

Well, artistic work for Valentine and Harold, having-fun-painting-a-paper-ice-cream-cone-with-my-finger for me.

Here are a few photos :

Dotted cardboard wall, forks and a swinging light bulb

Dotted cardboard wall, forks and a swinging light bulb

Painting by Valentine on a cardboard platform

Painting by Valentine on a cardboard platform

Result of my finger painting, drying on a toilet brush

Result of my finger painting, drying on a toilet brush

 


Snow, sleeping bags and a sugar catapult

Posted on: February 24, 2013

It’s 10 AM in Lyon and it’s snowing !!

It’s now time for a recap of what happened during the night.

We started quite efficiently building a fantastic sugar catapult.

It took us some time because we had to working elements (a rat-trap and a home-made sugar catapult) but we had problems linking both. The idea we initially had, making the rat-trap cut the string that was holding the catapult arm down, didn’t work. We couldn’t find a string strong enough to hold our catapult down (because the spring is a very strong one) and yet at the time weak enough for the rat-trap to be able to cut it. So we had to find another way. After a few try-and-fail experiments, Flora found THE solution. We put together some kind of latch with cardboard and orange raffia. And it WORKED.

Diagram for the catapult latch

Diagram for the catapult latch

Then we spend about half an hour playing and replaying the sequence for Matthias to be able to film its different components. We lost a few fingers in the process of loading the rat-trap again and again … But it was fun!

Here is the video of the process:

 

Then we decided we had worked enough (yeah, we are slackers, but it was already midnight) so we took a break to watch a movie (DESPICABLE ME, because we love nice villains). Fatal error! Can you guess what happens when 5 tired people stop their activities to watch a movie in the middle of the night? They fall half asleep and can’t get motivated to begin working over again afterwards…

So we went to sleep, hence the sleeping bags…

De-motivation after the movie

De-motivation after the movie

 

Getting out of the sleeping bag is soooo difficult...

Getting out of the sleeping bag is soooo difficult…

7 hours later, we are back ! And the world had a surprise in store for us: it was snowing ! Some might say it’s nothing extraordinary, and why do you care because it’s just frozen rain, but here it’s only the second snow fall of the year so it’s great !!

SNOW !!

SNOW !!

And now, we are back to work, trying to put together a waterwheel that is supposed to activate the rat-trap when a plastic snowball filled with metallic marbles roll down rails.


Shopping basket

Posted on: February 23, 2013

Great ! If everything goes well we have everything we need now.

We divided in two teams to look for material: one to go by what was missing and one to go fetch what we knew we could found in the house of the parents of one of us.

A few photos of our expedition, singing and playing stupid games in the subway :

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We bought rubber bands, orange make-up, green hair spray, glue, rat-trap, springs, metallic rods and metallic marbles and a plastic Christmas ball that can be filled with anything you want (including metallic marbles). Total : 33,3 €

We found cardboards and electric wire in hallways of our school.

We had collected more cardboards, some kind of Styrofoam, old earphones and old clementines during the week.

We found the rest digging in cupboards (our and some of our parents’): more glue, Legos, orange string, POSCAs, play dough, a super spring, a recycled wall lamp with a fridge light bulb, two rubber bands, and two Hawaiian necklaces.

 

This is our treasure :

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Now we just have to put everything together.



Epic phone call

Posted on: February 23, 2013

We just gave the best phone call ever !

To an animal house :

“Good afternoon, I’m taking part in an international DIY event and we are looking for parts for our project. Would you happen to have a broken ferris wheel for hamsters lying around you want to get ride of? No? Ok, thank you very much.”

 

I think we made it to the top 10 of the stupidest phone call they ever received …


Remodeling our idea

Posted on: February 23, 2013

Team building isn’t an easy thing. It needs consensus, discussion, debate in a peaceful and open atmosphere.

We wanted first to make an “educative” Rube Goldberg Machine about photosynthesis, but because it is hard to build an analogical model that reflects reality, we turned it into something less realistic and more funny !
Let’s go for something that don’t have anything to do with photosynthesis but that is really fun.

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Flora, Valentine and Emma working hard on the machine

The objective is to show that photosynthesis is a really complex process in a fun way.


Rough design for our machine

Posted on: February 23, 2013

We have established the rough design for our machine.

It looks like that :
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When the boys are there (they had trouble waking up …) we will try and draw a more understandable plan.


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