Month: February 2019

Rube Goldberg – Cooperation

So, you guys know what’s happening right now, so I want to talk about how me and Logan have been working together, and how working together has benefits rather than working alone.

Me and Logan have been working really well together, and by that what I mean is that we sometimes have some arguments, but they’re small, and they go away in seconds. Yes, it might be harder to work the schedules than if you work alone, but there’s more support – support in all directions. Also, there’s more flexibility in what you can use, because there is more than one family with toys and other stuff of all kinds. I’m very happy I did it with Logan and I know I will always. Also, it’s fun to be working with your friends! There are just so many possibilities!

Unfortunately, some of the times that I go over to Logan’s house, we don’t get much done, but that changes on what stage we are on in the process of Rube Goldberg. I’ll update you on what comes next!

Rube Goldberg – Having Troubles!

I haven’t posted in a while, but that’s because nothing has been going on. We had vacation, and then again we were reminded of the deadline for everything else – only a week away. And I’m going away for the weekend, which means only working after school.

We’re very nervous. And with all the videos, testing, and blog posting also needing to be done, we’re running close. Every moment needs to be used, and the dominos are just not cooperating.

Unfortunately, we are running low on time. We’ll update you when the time comes! Wish us the best!

Rube Goldberg – Starting to build!

Logan and I are starting to build! It’s an exciting process, and I think this might be my favorite part of Rube Goldberg! There has been some tough surprises, that I will talk about in the next few paragraphs.

Part of the problem is that the dominoes kept falling down on each other, triggering the reaction when we didn’t want it to. There was nothing we could do about it but watch as our whole thing was set off, so that it would need to be redoed yet again.

Also, after we had spent all that time setting it up, the next day I came to school and Logan told me that all the dominoes we had spent hours setting up had been knocked down. That was a hard situation!

I will blog more soon, as soon as we hit another milestone. Hopefully, then, we will have the dominoes back up.

Rube Goldberg – Sketching!

Me and my partner, Logan, have started sketching the design! We are stuck at step #4, with 5 or more whole steps to go. We used the most common steps and were apparently entering the “Goldberg World”. We had to have ideas but we were stuck. We didn’t want to repeat a step or some steps because that would bring our grade down. We were stuck and we were really stressed out. We were making no progress in the sketch, and the deadline was coming quick.

 

Suddenly, me and my mom found a cool video while looking for inspiration. It had really cool steps, that we hadn’t tried. We suddenly had a lot of ideas. If you want to watch the video, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=863z_eHGIJw

We used some of the designs in our sketch. Our sketch would have to be 8 or more (which is optional) steps. The final sketch doesn’t need to be how it turns out. It’s just a plan that helps you figure out the basics, and then you can do the good stuff. Here is a picture of our sketch, although we redid it later.

 

 

 

We changed the goal to making an expanding ball that was hanging on the ceiling to fall and close. We did this because it was cooler as a finale than the car going down the ramp. We are not sure whether we will change it a lot or a little, but we will be able to tell soon.

 

I will blog in a few days, to keep you updated. Hope you find this process interesting!

Rube Goldberg – Starting to make decisions!

Class 5-C has started the Rube Goldberg unit! It is going to be an exciting development, and I am very happy that we are doing it. I will blog six more documentaries about this project to update you about the process.

The first step of the development is to make a few decisions. We had to decide if we were going to work in a group, a pair, or independently. If you were working with someone, then you needed to make sure that you lived close enough, meaning not taking 20 minutes to get there, and if your schedules would work.

I decided to work with my friend, Logan. She is open minded, kind, and we work well together. She lives 5 minutes away and we both have flexible schedules. We meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, sometimes Fridays, and the weekends.

The next question was where would we be working? This had to be a place where it wouldn’t get destroyed, touched, or messed around with without our okay. This was a little bit hard, considering we both have baby brothers, prone to touching and/or damaging (by mistake). But we ended up mostly at her house, because she has more open space. We cleared out an area, that has a really cool layout.

The next thing we would decide is what would be our end goal? This could be getting a soccer ball into the net, turning on the light, flipping a page in a book, or some other simple task. The assignment would be to make it a complex Goldberg machine. Our goal would be to get a car down a ramp.

Now, we are going to start sketching, and I am very excited. I’ll update you what comes next!