At school, I had to do an Ignite Presentation. An Ignite Presentation is a presentation that is ninety seconds. There are seven slides, an intro, five picture slides, and a conclusion. The first and last slides are called burn slides because the in the beginning and the end, you don’t have the audience’s full attention. The main rule in an Ignite Presentation, is that it has to tell a story.
I decided to do my Ignite on the most recent storm. I chose this because it was the only thing that was fresh in my mind, and since I lost power, I thought that it would be an interesting story.
The assignment was to make a presentation with pictures and a script in a week. You had to memorize your script for the final presentation. I thought that it would be really hard. On the day of the presentation, I was really nervous, but I thought that I did well.
This is my Ignite Presentation:
The last game that I made is called Car Ride. This one is pretty hard and it’s my favorite. You are supposed to get the balls on the car ride without running into any of the buildings.
Here it is:
The third game that I made is called Save the Snowman! It is a pong game where you have to bounce something in the air without letting it hit the ground. In this case, I used a drum to bounce a snowman in the air. The red at the bottom is the global warming. You’re supposed bounce the snowman back in the air and not let it fall into the global warming.
Here it is:
The second game that I made is called Sneaky Dinosaurs. It is a harder game than my first one. The object of the game is to find the dinosaurs and click them before they disappear. There are a couple of objects that the dinosaurs hide behind to make hard to find them. You can see your score of how many times you clicked the dinosaurs.
This is my game:
The first game that I made was a simple game. It is a catch game called Winter Fun. You try to catch the ball in the scarf. You can see your score, how many times you caught the ball.
This is my game:
My debate group and I were debating whether we should protect humans from sharks or sharks from humans. The kids in my group were William, Will, and Eli. Will and Eli were partners and William and I were partners.
The first thing we did was read articles about either topic. Later we decided who was supporting what topic. Will and Eli were supporting protecting humans from sharks, and William and I were supporting protecting sharks from humans. Even though some of us had different topics, we all thought that we should protect sharks from humans.
Each partnership took lots of notes and annotated articles. Then, later we wrote an essay about our topic to help us with our oral debate. We practiced and practiced. Even though we were against each other, we knew all the evidence of both sides so we could come up with a good rebuttal.
On the day of our oral debate we were very nervous. We weren’t sure if we were ready or not. I think that we did well and here it is:
This is our self-assessment on how we did:
When I started to video, I was super excited. Each time that I failed, I thought about it, and came up with a solution. I ended up failing only 3 times until I had my success.
When I was filming, I wanted to get different camera angles so I could always get the best shot.
When I was making the movie, I edited the film a little bit, so there weren’t any pauses. I also added music and titles. When I looked at the videos, I noticed that it was too quick to understand what was happening, so I put it in slow-mo.
This is my video:
I have been collecting all of the parts for my machine. Then I started to test each step to make sure that it works. Everything is working perfectly. All I have to do is build it.
After I built it, I tested it. I tested it many times. The first time, the clear tube fell over before the car hit it. The solution to that was to put the clear tube on a ledge, so it would hold it up enough and still allow the clear tube to fall off. The second time, the tire hit the ledge of the table, so it wouldn’t spin around. The solution to that was to move the paper tube with the tire farther away from the ledge. Also to move the string with the tire farther up, so the tire would be further off the ground. The third time, the tire did not hit the Lego person. Was not getting knocked down by the tire. What happened was, the tire hit the Lego person, but it didn’t fall of the table, so it wasn’t enough to make the marble fall. The solution to that was to move the tire and the Lego person, so the tire will swing with lots of force to move the string. The fourth time, the Lego person fell off the table, but wasn’t heavy enough to pull the string. The solution to that was to attach another Lego person to make it heavy.
Now I think that we are ready to video.
Now that I am making a new machine, I need a new sketch. I used the videos to help me draw my sketch. I knew that it was a good strategy to work backwards. I tried, but I could’t really think of how to tip over the cup of food. Then I decided that I’ll just work form the beginning. I thought that it would be really hard, but it was actually pretty easy.
My first step is me pressing the button. The button then makes the car go on the track. Then the car will hit the clear tube. There is a paper role that has a string tied to it. On the other side of the string is a little tire. The tire on the string is wrapped around the paper role. The clear tube stands next to the tire to keep it from swinging. When the tube falls down, the tire on the string swings. Then the tire hits the dominoes, which hit each other. The last domino has a string attached to it. The string is also a stopper for the marble on a ramp. When the last domino falls off the table, the string goes down with it, causing the marble to go down the ramp. Then the marble shoots the ball and knocks down the cup of food.
I hope that this will work.
When I was testing my Rube Goldberg, I realized that it didn’t work well. The track was sliding, the car wasn’t going around the loop. It just wasn’t reliable. I was really upset because I worked pretty hard on it, but I knew that my machine had to work almost all the time. I had to be reliable.
I didn’t have many more ideas, so I looked at some examples of Rube Goldberg machines to help me out. The video helped me a LOT. It gave me many ideas. Then I had to sketch it. I took some parts that I might need to make my new ideas work. After some hard thinking and testing, I finally had a poster of my new Rube Goldberg machine.
My goal is to make the food in the cup fall in the dog bowl. Then my puppy, Sierra will eat her dinner. I have 13 steps. Now that I have all of the parts, I will start to build.