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...after the energy you put into the Rube Goldberg style
chain of systems dissipates the energy at every step.
1- You swing the massive heavy mallet that drives a
weight up a pole.
2- As the weight slides down the pole, it engages an
3- That electric generator
powers a motor turning a
turbine that pushes water through a tube.
4- The water going through that tube rises up and turns a
5- That water wheel powers a catapult that launches
at a target on the back of a hammer that's hanging right
front of the wine glass.
Although more than enough energy was put into the
to smash the wine glass, a heavy ten pound mallet was
slammed into the activator target on a table with enough
force to smash dozens of wine glasses, the inefficiency of
each step eventually dissipates all that force till the final
step, the balls hitting the hammer result in nothing more
than a gentle swing of the hammer, perhaps just tapping
Demonstrate how systems loose energy the more steps
put into them in a fun, interactive way for the kids.
Those are just a couple of ideas for steps between the
initial activation and the final mechanism, but you'd have
as many different methods of transmitting energy as
possible. Mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, kinetic, even
light, heat and sound. The generator powers a light that
activates a solar cell that turns a fan that blows a wind
turbine that vibrates a speaker that shakes wave
machine that powers a... something or another.
||Have the initial input be winding a crank, so that the user can increase their effort in real time.
||This is a metaphor for representative democracy, right ?
||//Have the initial input be winding a crank, so that the
user can increase their effort in real time.//
||My first idea was a stationary bike but I thought the
seemed like more fun and you have the direct comparison
a massive sledge hammer not being able to break a wine
||//This is a metaphor for representative democracy, right
||I could have each step represent a bureaucrat. First step
is billions of taxpayer dollars. Last step is taking care of
the homeless crisis in America.
||1- Funding is granted to create medical care facilities,
drug and mental health treatment centers etc.
||2- Bureaucracy overhead takes more and more each step
of the way until all you get is free needles handed out to
homeless people so they can inject heroin and leave the
needles all over the street.
||By the way, any of you furners want to see San Francisco,
suggest you do it from Sausalito across the bay. It's
beautiful from that distance and you don't step on used
needles and human feces.
||Hate to say it, but San Francisco is a third world shithole.
Luckily, in Pacific Heights where House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi lives, they don't let the homeless into her
||Ooops, did I slip up and get political? 8 started it. No buns
for you Doctorremulac3, naughty naughty! (slaps hand)
||Back to the sledgehammer choice, you'd still get to see how
far down the chain you could get some movement. If the
sliding thingy you launched with the sledgehammer reached
the bell at the top of the pole the hammer at the end would
swing just enough to touch the wine glass so you'd get a
little "ding" sound from it.