Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a website that we’ve been using to create videos, posters, and infographics for our Rube Goldberg project.

Adobe Spark has blank templates, for videos, posters, reports, collages, etc. You can get classwork done on Adobe Spark, and you can also have fun, and create your own stories or art projects, as well.

One thing I like about Adobe Spark is that it has the templates ready and makes everything clear, and simple. Adobe Spark is a good website for any age to use.

We started with the poster, so that we would get the basic idea of what Adobe Spark is. You can also be creative and expressive with Adobe Spark, which is another reason why I like using it.

You can use Adobe Spark to create advertisements, and to write stories, about vacations, adventures, school projects, etc.

We started using Adobe Spark a couple weeks ago, but everyone has already gotten used to it, and we feel more normal using it in class. You can adapt to using Adobe Spark easily.

If you want to learn more about Adobe Spark, visit spark.adobe.com, and try making your own posters or videos!

Rube Goldberg – My Final Reflection

Our Rube Goldberg project is actually OVER now! This is going to be my last blog post on our Rube Goldberg project, and it’s going to be my final reflection.

I liked this project so much! It’s been my favorite fifth grade project so far this year, apart from our Rocketry Unit, which was also amazing.

Both projects are partially science-based, which seems strange to me, because I’ve never had much of an interest in science, but I’ve realized that science is actually related to animals, nature, and Rube Goldberg machines, which are all subjects that really interest me.

I’m a little bit sad that after today, or at least this week, there will be no more Rube Goldberg work in our classroom, unless we continue this work during the last few months of the year.

I’m really happy with the way our machine turned out. Although we didn’t have as many steps as our classmates, I felt that our machine worked accurately and completed our goal well.

Our sketches also satisfied me, and the final results of our machine were very exciting! Our machine worked better than planned, and our classmates also contributed to our inspiration.

One of our classmates named Gus, helped with the last steps of our machine, and had the idea of using the paper towel tube instead of a marble run and a cup taped to the side of the wooden base.

We didn’t have that many failures, but the format of the machine was weak, and the machine only worked once in a while, which caused us to have to rebuild it more than needed.

I’m so excited for the rest of the year, and this project has been so fun! I want to be able to experience something like this again one day!

As well as that, here’s the link to my WeVideo on my Rube Goldberg machine:

Rube Goldberg – Collaboration With A Partner

During the course of our Rube Goldberg project, Andrew and I have found that we’ve had to collaborate a lot to make our project the best it can be.

We came across a number of mistakes, errors, and fails, but when you have a partner to work with during a project like this one, it’s a big advantage.

Collaboration means, working together in a group, or in a partnership, and being able to turn to people who you’re working for when you need help. When you collaborate well in a group, that group is a good group.

Andrew and I have had to collaborate a lot over the course of our project, which is due… TOMORROW! (3 / 6 / 19)

We finished our video on 3 / 5 / 19, and added in our final video clips of fails, and our machine working altogether! It was a huge success, and we’ve made so much progress.

We left out some details, because we didn’t think that they were so important, but we tested our machine out for the last time, and it worked perfectly!

We changed the machine so the ball knocked into a trail of dominoes, which knocked into a box of pennies, which activated the wheel.

We needed to collaborate on this part of our project, because we had to get the pennies, and the tape, and the string, and set everything up again.

Deciding on the final format of our machine also required collaboration. Collaboration can be fun sometimes, but sometimes it can get frustrating, and arguments can come up. (Luckily, that barely ever happened.)

We’re so excited about seeing what our teacher and classmates think about our project, and if this turns out to be a success, we’re going to be so EXCITED!!!!

Rube Goldberg – Our Rube Goldberg WeVideo Project

A WeVideo is sort of like a short movie, that you explain something with through a short video clip that you’ve made.

For our Rube Goldberg project, we can’t bring our entire machine into class, because that would be crazy, with all of the strange contraptions sitting around, and besides, who would transport everything, and if you had a big machine, how would it fit in a car?

Well, instead of bringing our machines into school, we’re making a WeVideo explaining our design process, how our partnerships worked, etc.

Andrew and I put in a photo of our sketch, and explained how we used trial and error for the beginning of our project, and progressed into starting the first steps of our machine after we knew that it was a good design.

We talked about our first steps, and what problems we faced, and how we solved them. We also explained how some problems were just advantages in disguise, and that they benefited our project in the end.

I explained how, sometimes, one step didn’t work, which altered the entire process, because Rube Goldberg machines are chain reactions, and if one step of a chain reaction doesn’t work, the rest won’t work either. (A chain reaction is basically, one thing does something to another thing, which does something to another thing, which completes the task that the Rube Goldberg machine is supposed to complete, in this case.)

We also added in video clips of our machine working, and talked about some of our fails, and how we used those fails to make our machine better.

I feel very confident about our WeVideo, because we’ve dedicated a lot of time to it to complete it.

We put in the clearest video clips, and the ones that demonstrated the steps in a very straight way, so that a person watching the video would be able to understand what was going on in the video.

Sometimes, if we had a fail, we used that for our project, to show how it didn’t work, and to compare it to the improvised version, so that we could show how we improvised the machine.

The maximum amount of time that we can have for our video is five minutes, and so far, we only have two and a half minutes. Our goal is to make our video at least four minutes minimum, and five minutes tops. What can I say, we have high expectations for our project!

Sometimes, having high expectations isn’t a good approach, but whatever we can get, we are also pleased with, and we feel confident about our work, our video, our sketch, and our machine altogether.

I feel very good about our Rube Goldberg machine, as I’ve probably mentioned about one hundred times before, but we’ve worked so hard on the contraption, and constructing and planning out the form and objective of our machine that we can’t help but feel confident.

We haven’t finished creating our WeVideo movie, but we’ve discovered that we’re making a lot of progress, and that we don’t have to worry about finishing our project late. Our Rube Goldberg WeVideo is due about a week from now, and we’re pretty excited to turn in our work so that people can see what we’ve done and accomplished!

Rube Goldberg – Class Sketch Museum

We finished our Rube Goldberg machine sketches on 2 / 14 / 19, so our entire class was going to set up a “Sketch Museum” so that our classmates could observe and comment on our sketches of our Rube Goldberg Machine.

A sketch museum is, basically, putting out our sketches of our Rube Goldberg machines on our tables in display so other people and classmates can see them and comment on them. They could comment on, what they liked about our sketch, or what they think that we can work on to improvise our machine.

We had to see if a sketch was clear, if we could understand the objective of the machine, if we could tell where the machine’s beginning and end were, etc, in order to give the sketch a 100 % comment.

To prepare for our sketch museum, we each got tape and set up our sketches on our table areas. We taped the sketches down onto the table and got our notebooks, pencils, and post-its.

We walked around the classroom with our supplies and observed other people’s sketches. Then, we wrote them a post-it with helpful feedback and comments based on their sketch.

In our notebooks, we wrote down information about what we noticed about our classmates sketches, and what we don’t think will work out so well. Afterwards, we put our post-its in our notebooks so that we wouldn’t lose them.

I got a lot of nice comments, but some people couldn’t understand what task my machine was supposed to complete. My machine is supposed to propel a marble into a paper coffee cup, after the marble goes down a paper towel tube, but I could understand why my machine’s task was unclear.

I left a lot of my classmates comments, as well.

I don’t always like projects like this sketch museum. Sometimes, the sketches were unclear and a bit scribbled, and you couldn’t tell where the start or end was. Things can also get confusing, and once you sit down to look at a sketch, you sort of have to stay there, until you finish commenting.

For example, if you sat down at a VERY unclear sketch, you couldn’t just walk away, and if the sketch was VERY unclear, you wouldn’t know what to say about it. (Not that this ever happened to me during our sketch museum.)

Overall, the sketch museum was okay, because I liked all of the ideas and thinking involved, even though some sketches confused me a lot.

I do partially prefer other activities to this, and though it was fun to see what people thought of my Rube Goldberg machine sketch. Some people said that they didn’t understand the task that my machine is supposed to complete, which is, to roll a marble into a plastic cup, and I liked getting feedback, so that I could make my machine be its’ best.

Rube Goldberg – The Continuation Of The Building Process

My Rube Goldberg partner, Andrew, and I, have been working hard throughout the entire course of this project, assembling our machine, repeating trial and error, etc.

One exclusive problem, apart from failure tests – that we had to deal with during our design process was that, the table we were assembling the project on was slanted, but that still turned out to be a partial benefit for our project.

We had to rebuild the machine on the other end of the wooden base that we built the machine on, and it worked better. Sometimes problems can turn out to be advantages.

We’re going to finish assembling our machine, and start testing pretty soon… We have to test at least thirty times before we know for sure that the contraption is going to work on the day when our project is due.

I think that working together in groups is a good way to work during this project, because if you need help, or have a question, you can ask your partner and you can work together.

We’re all so excited to see the end results of our projects, and we’re getting closer and closer to the deadline for our Rube Goldberg machine, our blog posts, our sketch, and our We-Video movie of the construction and creation for our project!

I’m really enjoying this project! It’s really fun, and a lot of teamwork is involved. Sometimes, things that seem like problems can actually be benefits and / or advantages for your machine, just in disguise, and that’s what I like about it.

You might be surprised about how much a problem is doing for your machine, whether it’s good (congratulations), or bad (ugh).

But during the construction of Andrew’s (and my) Rube Goldberg project, our problems have been very beneficial to our machine. They’ve helped make the format stronger and more formed, and have helped us realize our mistakes so that we could improvise to make our project as best we can.

Our Rube Goldberg project doesn’t just teach us how to make a simple machine, but a lot more.

Rube Goldberg – Beginning The Making Of Our Simple Machine

The beginning of our construction of the machine went smoothly – other than the fact that the dominoes kept toppling over whenever someone shook the table or banged down hard on the floor! But even that wasn’t too big of a problem.

We had a marble go down a marble run. The end of the marble run was being held up by a wooden block, so that it was inclined. This way, the marble could go down the marble run more easily.

When the marble got to the end of the run, we knew that the run was successful, and that it didn’t have any uneven spots or splintered wood on it. Next, we placed our eight dominoes in a curved position. Then, we tested the first two steps of our machine.

Andrew rolled the marble down the run, and it knocked into the dominoes. The last domino fell off the table, just like we had planned. Now, we had to tie the string around the last domino so that, once our creation was done, the domino falling off the table would activate the hamster wheel, which the string will also be tied to.

Surprisingly enough, we hadn’t had any fails so far, and our construction was going shockingly smoothly!

Andrew and I tied and secured the string to the last domino, and then began to assemble the hamster wheel. There was a bit of argument, because we didn’t know which parts of the wheel went where.

We also argued that we should re-test our first steps just to make sure that they were complete, but Andrew found a little round piece that completed the wheel, so we ended up finishing setting up the wheel quickly after our argument.

The only thing about the hamster wheel was that it had to be connected to the hamster cage to spin and work properly!

So now our simple machine has a hamster cage on the side of it, but if you just ignore the giant cage with the little plastic hamster play houses inside, the beginning of our Rube Goldberg machine is looking pretty good.

We attached the end of the string to the wheel, and set it on the wooden board so that the machine would have it’s third and fourth steps almost complete.

I feel like, having a partner during this type of project is a great idea, because you can have someone that can give you advice, and you can get work done faster. It’s more efficient, and you’re not alone, and most importantly to me, you don’t have to be working alone, with no help and no one to look to.

Sometimes, partners can get into arguments about how the machine is supposed to work, or how parts of the machine are supposed to be placed and put together, but overall, I like working in partnerships for this project.

We might have to make the marble knock into dominoes, which knock into a heavier object, which can pull the wheel harder. We finally compromised on a little plastic container filled with pennies, just in case the domino idea failed, but until that happens, we’re keeping the pennies and container to the side.

Our Rube Goldberg machine seems to work well so far, and our video clips and video of our machine are both going very well.

Rube Goldberg – The Objective Of Our Simple Machine

If you read my last blog post about our Rube Goldberg project, you would be all updated on what’s going on in our classroom right now. As I said in my first post, “Rube Goldberg Machine” has another name: Simple machine.

My class paired up in partnerships to do our Rube Goldberg work. My partner is named Andrew. Andrew and I already have a basic idea of what task we’re going to complete after our machine finishes it’s process. A marble will go through an empty paper towel roll which is taped vertically onto the side of our wooden base. Then, after going down the paper towel roll, the marble will fall straight into a paper coffee cup.

We have a big base, which is a long wooden board. We’re going to set up our project on top of the board. We also have a marble run. A rubber ball will go down the marble run, and bump into eight dominoes. The dominoes will be placed in a curved position.

We’ll tie a string around the last domino, so that when it falls, it will fall off the table, and the string is also connected to a hamster wheel. When the last domino falls off the table, it will pull the hamster wheel a certain way, and it would place momentum on the wheel, causing it to rotate.

There will be another string attached to our hamster wheel, and the wheel will pull this string, which is also connected to a wooden block. The wooden block will be pulled away by the force of the spinning hamster wheel, and a marble will go down another marble run.

What happened was that, the block was keeping the marble from going down the run, and when it was pulled away by the string, the marble was allowed to go down the run.

The marble will knock into a trail of fourteen dominoes, and those dominoes will apply force onto another marble, which will cause it to pick up a little momentum (enough to get to the paper towel roll). This is the ending which I talked about in the beginning of my post.

The marble will travel down the paper towel roll, and into a plastic cup secured tightly to the end of the wooden base.

We’ve had a number of fails, and had to use trail and error very often, but now that we’re used to it, I feel like we have more experience, even though this is one of our first time constructing Rube Goldberg machines.

I feel really confident and really good about this project, and I’m super excited to see how the end result of our simple machine will turn out!

Rube Goldberg – Our Fifth Grade Rube Goldberg Project

Have you ever heard of a “Rube Goldberg” machine? The name “Rube Goldberg” might confuse you a bit. But a much less-confusing name for “Rube Goldberg Machine” is “Simple Machine.” Rube Goldberg was a famous American artist and cartoonist, who constructed these machines.

A simple machine is a basic tool which helps people move objects more easily by magnifying their effort. A few examples of simple machines include wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, lever, and gear. But don’t be fooled by these fancy names.

An inclined plane is a ramp, and a lever is built almost the same way as an ordinary seesaw. Wheel and axle is a basic wheel. Without an axle, the wheel can’t turn properly.  The axle is a rod in which the wheel can rotate on so that it may move. Without an axle, a wheel is almost completely useless, as a simple machine.

These machines can be designed to fulfill a task that many people could complete easily, like kicking a soccer ball into a net. But these types of simple machines can be designed to complete these tasks just for fun, or to eliminate the amount of efforts usually used to move an object.

Other simple machines also require more effort to put together, but are mostly easy to assemble if you have all the pieces ready. Simple machines are usually designed for one purpose, and as I said, is to complete a task.

By combining these different simple machines, you can end up with a completed Rube Goldberg machine. These machines are like chain reactions. Something has to trigger another object to continue the flow of the machine, and once the final act of your machine is completed, hopefully, your task will be done.

Of course, there aren’t automatic “dinner-making-Rube-Goldberg-machines,” or “clean-your-bedroom-Rube-Goldberg-machines,” because Rube Goldberg machines are made to complete easy, short, non-complicated tasks, not long, extended tasks.

I’m excited about this because I’ve always liked experimenting, and making machines that complete simple tasks, and I like exploring the use of different household items, building items, etc.

We almost never do things like this at school, so now that we have this activity, I’m really excited. I’m also a little bit nervous. What if, during our making of the machine, something goes horribly wrong, and we have to completely change the entire machine?

I know that trial and error is a good way to experiment while constructing Rube Goldberg machines, and that you will have to make mistakes to improvise your machine, which made me feel better, knowing that fails and errors would be normal activities during the construction of our machine, and that it’s nothing to worry about.

Rube Goldberg has taken extreme new levels of doing simple tasks. Our contraption will feature at least 8 steps with excessive parts to it. (Generally, a “step” is force or momentum applied to an object which starts the entire chain reaction.)

The thinking part of it is over the top.

Feature Article Podcast Reflection

Overall, I actually enjoyed our podcast project, even though it wasn’t my favorite. It was fun making the feature article, even though we had a tight schedule and a date that we had to finish our article on.

I really liked working with my partner, Scarlett, and taking photos, quotes, making the charts and graphs, and doing the newspaper organized writing.

Halfway into the project, I realized that the thing I was most enjoying about our work was my partnership! Scarlett and I did work at a fast pace and were both able to get things done at the same speed.

Even though this activity wasn’t my favorite, I did like working with Scarlett and being able to write about a topic that interests me.