Rube Goldberg – Post #3

At this point, Nick and I are done with our sketch. When we got together outside of school, we exchanged ideas on what we thought could be fun steps to add, and then we chose the best ones to add to the final sketch. One of the hardest ones is getting the computer to call Nick’s phone to make it vibrate. Nick actually tried a cool new way to do it and it worked, so we’re probably going to do that! I guess that when we start building the machine, it’s likely that we’re going to make more changes like that. I think that maybe new ideas will come to us or that we’ll have to make changes because some of the steps that we put in the sketch may not work.

Rube Goldberg – Post #2

This is my second Rube Goldberg post. We’ve made a lot more progress with Nick! We’re almost done with our sketches. The first days of brainstorming our plan were the most challenging. It’s hard figuring out what materials to use and if they’ll give us the result we want them to do. We’ve thought of using pulleys which we think would add complexity, but decided not to because we don’t know how to build them. Luckily, the links included in Google Drive for this project were very helpful and found some inspiration. Also, we’ve done some more research individually and got together outside of school to work on this project and find some more ideas for our machine.

Rube Goldberg – Post #1

For this Rube Goldberg project, I am working with Nick, and we are going to make our machine push a soccer ball into a net under five minutes. We’ve been planning on how we are going to make it, and luckily we’ve made some progress! At first Nick and I decided we were going to make our machine turn off the lights, but then we changed our minds because we both like soccer and we thought the soccer ball idea would be more fun. We’ve been brainstorming on the steps together at school and working on our sketches separately. Right now we have eight steps figured out, but we’re like to make it more complicated so that it’s more interesting to watch. I hope our machine will be successful!

Feature Article Podcast Reflection

I really enjoyed this feature article podcast project, even though there were some things that I didn’t really like. One thing I really liked about it was the music that we got to put in it for the intro and outro. One thing that I didn’t really like about it though was that it took me so long to record because of a lot of other people were using the microphone and box before me. I also had to re-record a lot because of some mistakes in my podcast. What was very weird though was how my voice sounded in my podcast, I thought it was so different from when I speak normally!

Here is the link to my feature article podcast…



Welcome to 5th Grade!

My fifth grade year has begun! I am most looking forward to the trip to Philadelphia. I am looking forward to that because it sounds like a very fun trip and I am going to see the Liberty Bell. I want this year to be a very good year because it is my last year at Heathcote school.

Something that I am not looking forward to is the state test. That test is really annoying! My goals for this year are to do well in everything, I especially want to do well in math and writing.

Plant Experiment #2

My group’s and I question was: can a plant survive on Gatorade? My hypothesis was: a plant can’t survive on Gatorade because it needs water to survive (like humans).

In the control quad we observed that the plants in that quad everyday day grows ½ cm, the color is green, the amount of leaves that it had was 6 now it is 12. The size used to be about 1 or 2 cm and now it is about 9 ½ cm! It has just gotten buds! The changes since the start is that the plant is now way bigger!
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My group and I think that the plants in the manipulated quad are growing ½ ml a everyday. The color was starting to get a little red and now it is half red, the amount of leaves were 2 and now they are 4. The size used to be about ¼ cm and now it is 1 cm. The changes since the start are a tiny bit different but it is making progress little by little.  
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Plant Experiment #1

My class has been learning about plants. For this project we had to come up with a question we were wondering. My groups question was if a plant can survive on Gatorade instead of water. My hypothesis (which is a prediction in science) was that a plant would NOT survive with Gatorade because it needs to have water to survive (like humans). For this experiment I had 2 quads with 3 plants in one cell (that would be 24 plants in total). 1 quad was control the other was the manipulated quad (the manipulated quad is the experimental quad). The control quad has sun, water, fertilizer pellets, and soil. In the manipulated quad the variable that my group changed is Gatorade instead of water. What I was observing is that my hypothesis was half right because half of the plants were not growing! But the other half was.
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My group was observing that the measurements are always changing by ½ cm in the control quad and ½ ml in the manipulated quad. The color of the plants in the control quad are green and the color of the plants in the manipulated quad are red+green, my group thinks that the plants in the manipulated quad are red+green because the Gatorade color is red. The amount of leaves are 6 in the control quad and in the manipulated quad there was 4 in one of the cells and 2 in the other. The size was about 1 cm in the manipulated quad and in the control quad was about 5 cm.


Information Book – Soccer

I have been working hard on my information book which is called “Soccer Positions”. I had to study in other books that had the same topic. I also had to edit and revise a lot. It took a long time to make my book, but it was a lot of fun too. I had to do animations, pictures, and of course lots of writing. My computer teacher and teacher helped my classmates and I make it. I had to put captions for the pictures so people like you would understand what the pictures are.  I hope you enjoy my book!