This is my 3rd blog post for my rube goldberg project, and I am going to talk about our sketch. When we first started we had some ideas but our final sketch is very different then our first ideas.
In my last post I talked about the design up to the pulley. When we thought light about what would come after that, we sketched a book forest, set off by a see saw and a water part with a unicorn rubber ducky. Making the sketch and making it work in real life are very different. We found out that the see saw part wasn’t really working that well and the books would fall without the sea saw part, as long as the first book was positioned in the right way on the cardboard levy. We didn’t update our sketch as the big ideas did not change but the details did.
At this moment we are going to work at the hardest part where a water bottle will fall over and fill a bucket with water and hopefully the ducky will fall out to set the next step to go. That will be a ball that needs to make the fidget spinners move. I think it will be hard to get the waterfall in the right spot (without getting everything wet) and for the bottle not to drop in the bucket. Getting the ducky out will also be hard. We might need to build a tunnel or something to make it fall in the right spot to set off the next step. Or maybe we need to use a ping pong ball instead, but the name is Donald Duck pond so that would not be good.
We will leave the sketch as it is. We decorated it and it is ready to go to school. And perfect for all our classmates to see.
When we got together on Saturday we both had a few ideas and looked at all the materials and tools in Alexas house that we could use. There was so much too choose from. We started building the “seven dwarfs mine train”, we cut open a long tube (from wrapping paper) and cut it in 3 piece and taped it to the wall, using blue tape. The tubes had a down angle and we tried to let the marble go down. At our first try, the marble bounced out of the tube. We came up with a solution; use a cup at the end of each track to stop the marble from flying out. This did not work, the marble got stuck in the cup. We then tried turning the cup to have the bottom face the marble… IT WORKED! We did this on all track parts and the marble made it down the “mine train”. We will decorate it later.
We moved a small cabinet next to the wall to start our next part “Thunder Mountain”. We build a marble run and connected the wall track to the top of the mountain. A few times the marble bounced out of the track before it got to the mountain. We used extra paper and tape to stop the marble bouncing out. Right now, it looks just like a marble run, we need to make it look like a mountain with paper or something.
After the mountain the marble goes down a long tube and our idea was to have it hit a car, that would then go down a ramp to hit dominos to set off the next step. The car would not stay on the ramp because it was too heavy. We tried to put some tape on the ramp but it did not work. We then tried different balls. the ping pong ball worked best with a tunnel around it to stop it from falling off the track. The Ping Pong ball goes from the track to the dominos. The Dominos and long tube we called “Splash Mountain”. Next stop is the “Tower of Terror”. This is a pulley. We watched a youtube video on how to make one.
We followed the instructions on the video and made the pulley. WE had Alexa’s brother and his friend help us build a tower to hold the pulley. We then tried all the steps of the project to see if they worked. You can see that in this video.
I think we learned so much from this day. The way we had made our sketch and how it really worked was different, we had to come up with new ideas all the time.
Next week we are going to make the pulley move up, build more and decorate.
When I first heard of the Rube Goldberg project I was really excited. My first blog is about the many decisions we had to make. Who to work with? What theme to pick and where to do the project?
I chose to do this project with my friends, Alexa and Maya. We made this decision at school when we first heard about this project. We talked about it at school but when we needed to get together it was hard to find a time that was good for all of us. Because of this Maya decided to do the project by herself. This was not an easy decision for anyone to make.
Whe then had to pick a place to work. We have decided to to work at Alexas house because she has all the tools and the space so we did not have to move the project. Her basement has many building supplies and she has a lot of cardboard which can help with the project. We can build the project in a place where we don’t have to take it down for a while.
For our project theme we picked Disney. We picked Disney because we thought it would be cool to make all of the rides and use the Disney theme. We thought that we would make our project take place in the different Kingdoms. We decided our goal of the Rube Goldberg was to let a balloon with tinkerbell or mary poppins go up in the air.
At the start we decided to research and each think of 2 ideas/projects for our Rude Goldberg. I looked at many youtube videos and researched these websites and videos:
After my research I started to sketch my ideas. We agreed to both think and draw out 2 steps and get together on Saturday to work them out. My idea was to start at the wall and have a marble go down into a mountain like structure. I will tell you about the building in my next blog.
This week it was a very special week. I was kindness week! Kindness week is a challange to see how many kind things you can do such as : smiling at 25 people or slipping a nice note into a friends backpack or locker
During kindness week I said hi to 25 people and and I complemented a friends sibiling about how they were amazing at art. he was very happy when he heard that I also helped the P.E teachrer mr.borgia with the P.E class equitment during battle ship. I just want to say, “If you have the choice from being kind and being right choose right.
The Martin Luther King jr. timeline project was a very fun and cool experience. My favorite part was inserting all the photos on to my google drawing. I used Brain pop and google to get most of my information. And the Thing That I especially loved was researching about all the incredible things that Martin did such as how he lead the bus boycott in 1955 and how he gave his inspirational “I HAVE A DREAM” speech in 1964 other then that this project has been increased inspirational and I am so happy I got to do this.
I think rocketry was a amazing experience but my group had a hard time agreeing. we named our first Rocket Norbert the rocket (Stella named that Rocket) , our second rocket was named faze (PJ made that rockets name) and the last was called bob 5 ( Steven thought of that rockets name) The engineering and design process was extraordinary. My favorite part was the second launch because it was much better than the first and the rocket went much higher and we got to graph our Rocket I am very thankful than I got to experience this Unit
introduction wanted to learn more about Netflix,I had so many questions!and I wanted to find the answers so I did a project about it,
When it comes to developing questions I am so curious.there are all these questions like:was Netflix successful at the beginning?,what year was Netflix made?….
Doing research on Netflix is so much fun,I learn so many new things that I never knew.sometimes it is kind of frustrating because sometimes I could not find the information I wanted.
Coming up with a idea
Every year my teacher asks me to do a project, I always do something like: dogs,camp,sailing at camp and that stuff so I wanted to step it up a little,and I thought what else do I really love?and I really,really love Netflix so I chose Netflix.
In the book, One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul Grandmother and Isatou tries to stop the plastic bag problem by making the plastic bags into purses. Also the purses were very helpful to Isatou, her friends, and especially grandma.
We also watched a “Ted Talk,” it was about getting rid of plastic bags. There were two sisters, one named Isabel Wijsen and one named Melati Wijsen. They made a whole team. This shows that we have to save plastic bags and be more careful because that will make the Earth more safe from plastic bags.
I compared the movie and the book, these are the differences and similarities I found:
Differences book and movie
In the book Winn-Dixie, Winn-Dixie comes out from under the chair instead of from outside.
In the book Winn-Dixie, the preacher comes to the party earlier than he does in the movie.
Gloria Dump is more witchy in the movie than in the book.
Similarities book and movie
In both the book and the movie, they have a party.
In both the movie and the book, Opal gives Winn-Dixie a bath.
In both the movie and the book, Winn-Dixie finds a mouse.
I liked the movie better then the book because I could see all their actions and I had a better picture in my head about each character. I did like reading the book first, it made me really looking forward to the movie. After reading the book, I had a different picture in my head then after I watched the movie.