Changing Ideas Blog post 4

So far we have been doing our Rube Goldberg at my house. But our steps aren’t working. We have only 2 meetings left and we haven’t even got the first half of the steps working. After our meeting we decided to switch to his house and make a whole new design. This is a risky move to make because we are this far into the process. We didn’t write a sketch out for this idea. We immediately started building the machine. Hopefully we can do it.

Our first steps – Blog post 3

In a Rube Goldberg you have to have some steps. Our assignment was to have at least 8 steps. But William and I are making one that is 12 steps long. We haven’t made all of the steps yet but we have made a few. One of the steps that we have made is where a little robot called an Ozo Bot follows a line once a domino is pulled away and hits a domino. Another step is where a pool ball rolled down half of a maze made by Lincoln logs and that pool ball hits another one which finishes the maze. These are two steps that we have tried out and they worked.

These are links to the videos of them:



Finishing the sketch – Blog post 2

One of the things we have to do for our Rube Goldberg project is a sketch. We wrote down our ideas and a picture of what we want our Rube Goldberg to look like. This was the first thing William and I did together, on our first sketch we decided to start with dominoes because we thought that that is a good start for a Rube Goldberg. We watched a few videos and put some of their steps into our sketch but some were just steps that we thought would work. The next time we met we decided. to add some more steps. We added a few more steps to the begging and one more to the end. Then we were done with our first sketch.

We then got another piece of paper and started wring another, neater one. We finally finished our sketch in Jiminy Peak when we went to where he was staying. After that we labeled the materials and the steps. I was so glad that we were able to finish our sketch in time, I didn’t think that we would.

Here is a picture of our sketch:


First meeting with my partner – Rube Goldberg blog post 1

The day William and I had our first meeting was Thursday, January 4 2018. At first we just decided to jot some things down on the paper. He brought a few materials like a little robot called an Ozo bot and a slinky. I thought the Ozo bot was pretty cool but I couldn’t figure out how we would use the slinky so we decided to put the Ozo bot in our sketch but kept out the slinky. We then filled in our other steps. We weren’t sure if we were going to use that exact sketch. Next, we tried to decide what the goal would be at first we thought of turning off the lights but, we needed a long brick to hit the light switch, but neither of us had one long enough. We thought about it for about the next 2 minuets when finally we came up with one we decided to have a water bottle on a shelf on the wall and it comes down though a pegboard and lands on a block. We plan to have someone sitting in a chair/bed and the goal will be to get the bottle to that person.