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Okay...I'm still curious: I've heard from one team (thanks Brian!) and John Conley has put his video up on a site, but what about the rest of you out there? What did you choose to explain in your video?

I'll start things off. We built a simple (open) differential out of plywood stock (bevelled gearing, but equal ratios for simplicity), supported it with side brackets (which we welded together to show some flashy light stuff), attached it to 1" steel tubing, ran that through 2X4's for support, mounted one of the supports to a "simulated" ring gear, on the other side of which was a spare sprocket, and attached a chain from that sprocket to a stationary bike. Get on the bike to "simulate an engine" and you've got a "model" of a differential. (if you can't tell already, we're simulation engineers! Bwhahahaha!) As the leader, I got to be the engine while Brian and Tom took turns grabbing a wheel (plywood discs mounted on the end of the tubing) and talking the viewer through the mechanics of the differential.

I'm getting a new ISP this week 'cause of space limitations and will post our entry in its entirety later this week. Good luck!

Jerry Adair - Leader, The Desert Rats

-- Jerry Adair (, February 12, 2001


I think they are all probably just modest. Or maybe the idea that "if I speak out of turn they might not pick me"? I'm using my teams video to teach my science and technology classes about planning, brainstorming, and building. So it's got a life regardless. (But SHC would rock!)

Hey why is the British discussion, like, dead and the USA one is alive and kicking?

-- Uncle Orange (, February 13, 2001.

More crazy geniuses per capita maybe????? The U.S. is a bit larger than the U.K.

-- John Gap (, February 13, 2001.

Our team have just sent the application package off express and it should be there on time.

We choose to describe and demonstrate how the Peterborough Liftlock works. This is the highest hydraulic liftlock in the world. Built in 1906, it lifts boats 65' in the Trent Canal. We used video, chalk and talk and a simple working model to describe it.

I hope to get a bit of a web page together and if I do I'll let you know the url.

-- ron walker (, February 13, 2001.

Hey - the Torsk Bandits explained and demostrated how a submarine's torpedo tube works. For our props, we used an actual tube on the USS Torsk in Baltimore, then built a demostration model out of PVC which works in essentially the same way. For part of our video, we made a "torpedo" and shot it down the pier using compressed air.


-- (, February 13, 2001.

The Broadcast Junkies explained how a potato cannon works. It's one of the simplest forms of both firearms, and combustion. We had a little fun with it. Check out our site for more at

-- Joey Falgout (Broadcast Junkies) (, February 16, 2001.

We did the basics of forklift design (with tongue firmly placed in cheek).

We were going to do the remotecontrolbattlebotboatditchdiggerrollercoasterassembly but we thought that it might be self-servicing to the discussion board...

Good Luck All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you all are chosen and come in 2nd, 3rd, 4th...***lol***

-- Dan Denney - Team Captain (, February 16, 2001.

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