SNOW DAY!!!!! :-)

Yesterday we had a snow day because of the 6 or 7 inches that came down yesterday. The call came at about 5:00. The snow came from 12:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The winds were high and dangerous. My brother and I went outside for about 10 minutes before my mom called us in because of the wind. It was about thirty miles per hour and blew the trees this way and that. That morning I had been playing video games until 2:00. When I got up I felt dizzy because I had been staring  at my Bloon defenders for 3 hours. I was outside to make an ice-airport for my Air Force One, but then I wanted to dig up my LEGO tracks in the grass that I laid down the tracks just a few days earlier. And that’s when we got pulled in. Mom said we could go back our when the wind advisory went down. I was really angry. But that chance went bye-bye when I went to my grandma’s. I did my homework there.

Expert Lecture 7

Greg from google came in to talk to us about working at google. He told us that the Headquarters in New York City had a slide that goes down from a floor, and a pole that goes from floor to floor if you need to get somewhere really quickly. Taj asked if he got a free Pixel Phone, and he said no, but he does have one. The way they interview people for jobs at google is that the take people in and ask them some questions about what they want to do there and about it. So if you answered most of them right, you’ll get the job. So if you’re in college when you get the job, a year later the test people come to you and see how many things you have done in the past year. If they like it, you’ll get a job permanently there.

Design Challenge

We did a design challenge with Mrs. Cooper’s class. We were making cool classrooms. I worked with Will and Justin. Will made a teacher’s corner. I made L shaped tables with stools that had air conditioning and heating pads. I ended up actually making a triangle shaped bench made out of wooden sticks with a hole in the middle. I call it, THE REFLECTING HOLE. When you sit there you put your feet down in the middle of it. When you take out the bench, there is basically a big hole on the classroom floor.


Expert Lecture number 9 and 8

#9….. Michael Meltz: Mr. Meltz works for Experian, a company that helps people with their credit. He has worked with lifelock, and some of the identity lock companies. Credit is like your credit card. I asked when he transfered from J.P. Morgan, did he get to where he is now in Experian when he transfered? The answer was no, he had a different part of Experian when he got there.

#8…..Lori. Jasper’s mom came in and talked to us about being a bone doctor. She described the different types of bones and casts. One cast was the type where they stick needles into your skin and then drill it into the bone on both sides of the crack or break. Everyone groaned. She also showed a picture of a broken leg in soccer!

Marble Mazes!

Today our buddy class came to make marble mazes. A marble maze is a maze for marbles that the marbles go through or go under things.

My marble maze was a maze with the starting line on the outside of the lid, continues on the edge of the lid, then goes into the middle behind the open pike jump and then made its way to the middle of the lid, then splits and goes in two directions. One goes over a bridge, the other goes through an open pike jump.

Rube Goldberg FINALE 6

After a lot of frustration and anger, the machine worked. I had been really angry frustrated. At one point, the hammer you will see in the video post kept falling over. Not only that, but the jenga blocks weren’t touching the ball. But after we fixed that, one try turned into the final test. My mom was filming me and I started it. As usual the machine did the steps, one by one, then knocked over the egg  and into the bowl. I jumped around, then went to check the egg. It was cracked even more!!! ( We did a no film test and the egg rolled off but I didn’t know it was cracked. ) So we were really happy that it finally worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rube Goldberg 5

I had a really hard time with my Rube Goldberg today. Since Olivia wasn’t here, I had to finish it, which was hard. A lot of the fails were the same: not hitting the Jenga blocks, the hammer going in the other direction. So a lot of the time I would get really frustrated at how much it didn’t work. It was really hard to keep going when all you had in front of you was fails, fails, fails! Elliott was right. It does take a lot of time AND effort.

Rube Goldberg 4

Olivia came over today. The Rube Goldberg had some flaws in it.. First, we tried different balls and some of them rolled off the open tube. Then some didn’t hit the jenga blocks at all. Then we came to a new solution to try a limited amount of different balls, like a marble, a black ball, two bouncy balls, and two golf balls. Since we didn’t have any eggs either, I got a plasic egg and filled it with change and put it in the ramp. When we tried, again and again the ball didn’t hit the jenga blocks. Then the ball hit it but the jenga blocks didn’t move.  Then we added a basket that was connected to the jenga blocks with a ball and hammer, for two more steps, and also added a Steve toy falling onto the egg which would stay in the bowl. But after we added barriers surrounding the top base of the chute, the ball didn’t work, and a couple of times the ball didn’t hit the hammer. So we had the same tries going the same things wrong until…the ball rolled down and knocked the first few blocks down like before. UUGHHH! I thought it would never work! Now we have at least nine or ten steps, and some success.

Crazy Moments: Dueling Dragons

Are you familiar to the tingling in your legs when you are about to do something scary? Well in this case, it is a roller coaster. One vacation last year was to Disney Parks. But for a couple of days my family and I went to Universal Studios. My dad and I went to a ride called Dueling Dragons in Harry Potter land, to, I think to the west of the park. When he told me we should ride it, I was a little nervous, but for some reason, I said yes. Usually roller coasters like this one would scare me and make me say no, but today, I guess something clicked inside my mind that made me say yes. ( I am not saying that I wanted to say no.) So we had to rent a locker because the train would go so fast that the stuff in your pockets could fall out. So we quickly went on line ( there was no line ) and got our magic bands scanned. The path went across a bridge  which was next to the tracks. We got in the fast-pass line and then got in the real line for the ride. We quickly got on the coaster. My feet dangled loosely from the car. There was a seat belt check, and then we were off. Up the track. There was a clicking sound and then the train went down the slope 150 feet up and immediately went into a loop. Then it came down into a corkscrew and another loop. There are 3 loops, 2 cork screws. The other one is much more intence and is faster.