I think that Jonny, Ian, and I should try to shorten our Rube Goldberg because we aren’t meeting every day and our Rube Goldberg is pretty long. I think we should also shorten it because since we don’t meet that much we won’t have that much time to do our final take.
The last time our Rube Goldberg group met we wanted to make sure our course worked. We did it over and over until we were satisfied. We made adjustments to the car and the dominoes after the marble track. Now we know that our Rube Goldberg works. We also added a few ideas. For example, we put a domino on it’s side so the marble will bounce off it and hit dominoes. Also, we changed the car so that it will hit the marble every time. This idea took a lot of tape, but it worked.
After we finished our sketch we started building our Rube Goldberg. We had even more problems. Some of them were big and some of them were small. One of our big problems was, why wasn’t the dominoe knocking over the Jenga block. This was harder to solve then our small problem. Our small problem was why was the marble hitting the dominoe so hard? Was it because the marble was to heavy or was the angle of the tube to steep.
The first time Jonny, Ian, and I met for Rube Goldberg we had a big problem! How are you supposed to combine our house hold items into a Rube Goldberg? We started by making a sketch. Dominoes into Jenga clocks into more dominoes into Rubikub into a marble track. We used google drawings to make our sketch. After we made our sketch, Jonny and I searched the house for any more objects that would be useful. We found none but started to assemble our Rube Goldberg.
When Jonny, Ian, and I were starting Rube Goldberg, we had to think about two main things. First, what do we want our Rube Goldberg to do? Should it score a goal or turn something on, etc? We compromised on score a goal. Second, what materials should we use? Should we use a ping pong table or the couch? We compromised on the ping pong table. To get started we watched videos of Rube Goldberg in class, but I also watched other videos at home. One of the videos was called An Epic Domestic Contraption. Click here to watch.
The Westward Expansion unit was fun because I had only learned about the Louisiana Purchase and I had never knew that it triggered a whole chain of events. I enjoyed watching video’s about it because it was so interesting. The Louisiana Purchase, Gold Rush, Erie Canal, Luis and Clark, Telegraph, and the Transcontinental Railroad were fun to learn about.
On November 1st the Kansas City Royals won the World Series vs. the New York Mets 7-2 in game 5 after Eddie Murphy’s error in the game before, which was when he missed a ground ball right to him and the runner got home. Overall, the Mets had a great season because they made it all the way to the World Series.
I think it was awesome that we got to see behind the scenes of NASA building there rockets. It was even cooler that the person talking to us worked for NASA. NASA is planning to launch a rocket to Mars when we are close as possible. NASA also launched a robot named Juneau to Jupiter hoping to get information on the planet.Overall, it was awesome getting connected to NASA.