GREEN Five Green High School sophomores and one junior from the Science Club banded together to form a team for the annual Rube Goldberg Science Contest sponsored by Goodyear at the University of Akron.
The six members of the team were Vasilios Konstantacos, Benjamin Avila, Lucien Kallai, Nathan Applebee, Nick Breth and Prashanth Ragunanthan. Vasilios was the moving force behind the project and convinced the others to take part in the project. Eventually, they got their Science teacher, Mike Owens, involved when they needed a sponsor to get into the contest and act as their adviser.
The goal was to make a balloon move more than two feet by means of a complicated series of chain-reaction movements.
The set up measured 10 feet by 10 feet and was eight feet tall. It involved 14 steps and used a variety of different materials in the construction. This included cardboard, duct tape, funnels, ping pong balls, bottles and Gorilla Glue.
"There were a lot of man hours involved," according to Vasilios. "We looked at previous videos to get an idea of what we needed to do. And we then worked out how we wanted to approach the problem."
In the competition, the team faced off against a number of other schools. They lost to Lake, which used a robot. The Green team was docked points because it had to move something by hand which gave Lake the advantage.
"These guys were really self motivated," said Owens. "They were very enthusiastic and love to learn. This was an independent project that they took up all on their own. I am very proud of them and what they accomplished."
The idea behind the project was to get kids interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics) and related technologies. In recognition of their coming in second, the Green High School team received $2,000 for use by the Science Club for next year. It also gad a chance to enjoy solving out a problem and finding a way to make their solution work.