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Overall Thoughts and Feelings – Rube Goldberg #7

Through out this project I have felt very different emotions. When we were designing I just wanted to start building and was very impatient. When it was time to build it was annoying because not everything that we wanted worked well with each other. When we were testing the Rube Goldberg I got frustrated because it didn’t work every time. The filming part wasn’t that hard although it was kind of hard t0 speak about the Rube Goldberg and how it works. Editing was super annoying because it took a long time to make everything look good and to make sure every thing was correct when it came to grammar.

In the end everything worked out and looked good. I was a little stressed during the time of the actual project but now that my work is completed I feel happy about what I have done and I know that now I can just enjoy watching the video. I personally thought that the project was kind of stressful, but it was also fun. During the project I was thinking when will we be done with this Rube Goldberg, but now I am happy to say that I really enjoyed this project and I would probably do something like this again. I am happy that I did it and I think that it was a great learning experienced for me! And here is our final iMovie video:






Overall Collaboration

During this project I think Dani and I worked very well together. Whenever we came to a spot where disagreed we compromised or tested both ideas out and used the one that worked better. We only argued once and the answer to the argument was found quickly. I have always know that Dani and I worked well together, but I never thought we would argue as little as we did.

I am happy we didn’t argue that much because if we did we wouldn’t get that much work done. Since we worked so well together we finished the project quickly and it still looked good and worked well. When we argued it happened during the building and designing part of the project. I expected that we would argue the most during this time because I knew with the ideas and we wouldn’t agree with every thing the other person thought should be in the machine.

Something that helped us was videos and articles. We got inspired by them and that helped us to come up with steps. We think that this caused us to barley argue because when we saw or read about something that worked well we got excited and tried to recreate their idea to make it our own.

Like I said in the begining we worked super well together and that helped us have a great Rube Goldberg and to have an amazing project overall!



Editing – Rube Goldberg #5

When Dani and I first started to edit we were nervous because we didn’t know how it would turn out. We didn’t really know where to start so, we discussed what we needed like: An intro, the fails, the sucsess, the slo mo and the credits. We started by putting that in an iMovie and then added thing along the way. My brother Kyle showed us where to get things we wanted to put in the movie and we weren’t sure where it was like if we wanted a curtain background, but didn’t know where to find it he would help. We wanted our movie to be very creative and entertaining so we added in some special things to make it unique. When we put the video in slow-motion it was kind of blurry so we chose to re film it. Personally I thought that the most annoying part of editing was the credits because we needed to make sure that they rolled at just the right speed so someone could read them, but not so slow that people get bored watching them. Once we got the basics on the iMovie I thought it was pretty easy because we could add our own special things in.

I loved editing although it got annoying at times. I really like how it turned out and I also think that is kind of cool to think about how Dani and I had footage and turned it into an amazing short filming. Even though I don’t really like to edit for some reason this really apealed to me. Maybe it was because I love the project so much?!

Testing and Filming – Rube Goldberg #4

When Dani and I first started testing things they didn’t always work so we had to fix a few things before we video taped it . So we didn’t have to test the whole thing a bunch of times, we made sure each individual step or two was working well we had a few fails like:

Of course we tested everything at least 3 times before shooting the first video. Every time we had a new step that worked well we combined it with the previous step. This helped the testing process for our machine go faster or at least I think it did. The day we filmed (Which was yesterday January 22) we were excited, but nervous. I kept thinking about if it would fail so many times that it was just break. After three or four fails it finally worked. We had to review the footage we got of the machine working so we would know which part really needed work. I was overwhelmed with happiness when i saw that it worked I wanted to scream. You might be wondering, why were you so happy? Well it feels great when I get something done so when this was done (part of it) I was overjoyed.

I am happy that it all worked out in the end and now we can move forward it this project. It took a lot of effort,time,handwork and creativity to make the machine that we did. Personally I think it is all worth it because it is super cool to watch what you have created. I think that a worry I had for the filming part of this project is that it wouldn’t be clear enough to see. I am super excited to get to work and start editing even though I have already done a little.











Building – Rube Goldberg 3

Dani and I started to  build around the time we started to sketch which was the end of our first meeting and beginning of our second. We started building by making a few different pieces we could use. We made these pieces out of Tinker Toys. The first thing we built was the very last step because that was the step we were 100% sure that would be in the Rube Goldberg. After the last step was built we built the first step because Dani and I figured once we get the first and the last things done then it would be easier. We figured it could be easier because then we could fill in the middle with other cool things  and use the first and last steps as guidelines. We did most the building the second and third day. Since we already had the last and first steps built is was pretty easy because we just built on. All we need to do to finish building is, connect one more thing and figure out what levels things should be on. We think that we work well together and we have gotten pretty far in a short amount of time so we don’t think that it will be much harder to build the rest.  We are excited to learn many other cool things about Rube Goldberg machines.

Sketching – Rube Goldberg 2

When Dani and I met for the first time we didn’t really know where to start or what we were going to do. The only thing we knew was our task. We started to kind of piece together the last step and how it would work because it was the only thing we were sure we were going to do. This is all we really got done the first time we met. The second time we met we were determined to finish the last part of the sketch. We started to discuss ideas for the first part of the machine. By the third time we met we had already gotten part of the sketch done and we even started building part of the Rube Goldberg machine. We finished the rest of the sketch the third time we met. Overall I thought the sketching part of the project was pretty hard because to me it is hard to sketch something if I don’t have anything to sketch which is part of the reason we started to build the machine. We are happy with our sketch and think we will be able to follow it because it is practical and clear. We think we might need to revise it a little so, The sketch looks something like the machine.

Rube Goldberg Ideas 1

Last week our teacher had introduced us to a project that my fellow classmates and i will be working on for the next month. The project is called Rube Goldberg, Rube Goldberg is a very complex machine made for the purpose of doing a simple task. We got to choose if we wanted to work alone work with a partner or in a small group. I decided it would be a good idea to do it with a partner because then I would have someone to work with, but it wouldn’t get it too complicated. One of my friends Dani had the same though process, so we decided to work together.  We wanted to started to come up with tasks that our machine could do that way we could know what our task was the first day we met. Dani and I had a few ideas but we needed to narrow it down to one. Once we narrowed it down to one we set up a date so we could discuss how the tasked will be completed. We decided to meet Sunday (yesterday.) We talked and tried out some ways our task could be completed. We are both happy because now that we know how the task will be completed we figure that we can add  in some other things before the task is completed which shouldn’t be too hard.

Reflection on Rocketry

Today we presented our rocketry slides. Everyone was divided into groups of four. We had to build and launch rockets. We did this three times so we could improve our rocket each time and while doing this we made a slide show showing the process of the rockets being made, launched, designed and graphed. Today three groups presented the groups that presented today were: Rockets Inc., Radical Rockets and Rocket Crushers. I am in Radical Rockets.

I was super nervous because I was scared I was going to mess up. I was expecting it to go a lot worse than it did. I was scared I wouldn’t remember my lines or forget what slide I was supposed to narrate. Once my group started to present I felt a little bit better but I was still super nevous something was going to go wrong. I was also nervous that the video of launching our rockets wouldn’t play because that had happened once or twice while practicing.

I think that it went better than I ever thought it would go. I am happy that my group got to go today because now I don’t have to worry about it. I really enjoyed this unit and thought that it was so cool how we were able to build rockets that were actually successful. It was exciting to present in front of our classmates, parents and teacher. Click on video to watch my groups presentation:

Oceans – PSA

Hi Everyone,

A little while ago I started to create a PSA using Wevideo. In the PSA My classmates and I had to include what made our unique, the interdependence of plants and animals in our ecosystem, possible solutions to help save our ecosystem, a call to action and aWebsite of organization where people can go to make a difference. Everyone got to pick an ecosystem to study I picked Oceans, then I made a PSA about Oceans. It includes how oceans arethreatened and how the creatures in it are also affected and it also includes how you can help save the ocean I hope you enjoy it: