Makey Makey/ Tinkering

In design we had taken apart a computer and tried to fined out what we can do with the parts inside to make our game controller after we had gone through the  process of pulling apart the computer we asked Mr Colbert if we can start to 3D print our game controller frame.

mathematics probability spinners

 red  orange  green  yellow  blue
 experiment 1  11  9
 experiment 2
 experiment 3

Today we were focusing on spinners specifically on our computers. All we had to do was record the amount of times it landed on each colour. We had to spin the spinner 40 times and 400 times . We also had figger out the mathematical probability of the spinner to land on each colour. And our prediction of how many times it will land on each colour.

maths chance spinners



In class we have been colouring in circles making two chance spinners, one spinner had to be fair the other one had to be unfair. Then we had to make a prediction on how many times it would land on white I predicted 4/10.

 white  colour









Session 1

What we have been working on and I have been working is making a game on scratch or recreating a game.  And all these bricks on scratch I have never used because scratch is new to me this year. A app for kids like me to make game on scratch is not so bad it is actually very fun and it is probably one of the most best things I have done this year.

session 2

This week we have been working on making our sprites on scratch dance on the online version of scratch. it was actually easier then I thought. All we had to do is make a program to switch through all the costumes and then you are all done.

Session 3

what we have been working on in session 3 is make a program the only uses 10 important blocks for scratch. It was a bit easy though it didn’t seem as hard as it looked. All I did is make my sprite start at the top right corner. And move towards the centre while doing that it had to make a noise.

Session 4

Now what we did in session 4 is just explore scratch. All the games, music or story’s we were interested  in. We just put them in their own studio. In that studio you can be titled for instants  games section or something like that. In three named studio had to be three different categories of either games, music and story’s.

Rube Goldberg

we had made our first rube Goldberg machine with test groups just to see what it was like the purpose of the machine was to get paper in the bin it took us a bit to fine out what we were going to do but then we did and in the end what it did was rolled down a pipe which caused it to hit another ball which rolled over and hit the paper in the bin.

Simple machines

Lego simple machine

one of our simple machines was a Lego design it was all lots of fun I worked with my friend and we made a machine that makes potential energy.

Knex simple machine

so with knex we made a elevator it had a pully it was a great experience especially because we got to make a elevator and see what bits and pieces  an elevator needs

pully simple machine

so basically what we did is made a pully a pully is a simple machine that can be used to weigh something or transfer an object in height.

Rube Goldberg machine

Today we started planning our Rube Goldberg machine our materials are paper, golf ball, marble, 3 books, pully, card board and a ruler.

the prepose of the machine is just to open a book. It was good to get all our ideas done because we worked as a team and tried to combined all our ideas.

the simple machines we used was a pully, inclined plane and wheel and axle lever.

the materials we used was two cups, strings and soft wire for the pully. 3 books 2 books to make a inclined plane and the one book for when the machine has to open the book. and a ruler for the lever. cardboard to guide the marble to the ground.











robot questions

What is a robot: A robot is a machine made or controlled to do something that people can’t do or can do but just makes it more easy for the world.

What is needed to make a robot work: To make a robot work you need some sort of energy to charge it. Or a battery so you don’t have to constantly have to keep on charging it. And you also need a program to tell it to do something.

What is a program: is a place to go when you want to instruct a robot or something that takes instructions. A program is also a thing that instructs a certain thing by code.

Why do you think people invented robots: I think people invented robots to make tasks easier. Or because robots were invented to do tasks that humans can’t do.


Today what we did was made a robot which by the way was a great experience. It was my first time actually building a robot. The whole thing was a great success and a pretty simple task. I thought it would be hard. But then again I have never built a robot before so don’t blame me. It wasn’t the people I exactly chose but then I realized you don’t need your friends in a group  with you. Because you won’t work as well. That is why I think I worked well and didn’t get distracted. But besides that it was all fun.

we were working on a specific type of code it is called psuocode. It can be used to program a robot what we did was went on micro worlds and used the psudocode to move the turtle around. And then eventually we had to do the initials of our name which was had but easy at the same time. Because my initials are AS but it was good knowing how to use psudocode.


We had a purpose today and it was to focus on a table in our classroom.  What we did is made a program for our robot there was one challenge we had to do and in that challenge we had 3 tasks to which were degrees seconds and rotations . Here is a video on it.

Today we had a second challenge to do and that was to go around a baseball diamond. I tried that challenge and I was pretty successful. really the only  bit about it was that you had to get the 90 degree turns right.


today we were focusing on a attachment to our robot called a light sensor and our task for it was to make it so that when it sees a different colour than white it stops and does something else.


I was working on the ultrasonic sensor it was a very unique sensor to work a use I did not no most of the things that you could use on the ultrasonic sensor.

Now in robotics what we have been focusing on. Is a program for our robots to follow a black line. In our group  and most of the other groups it was successful to make the program. First we had to make shore it could follow a straight black line then we could try it on a line that went around in a oval. for me it did both tasks and it was successful.  Here is a picture of the program.


The hardest part of the challenge was to make it so when ever it see sees black it has to do something. But then when we got shown to use a loop brick, comment brick and switch brick it made a lot more sense. The only line that we know it worked best on is the black line. Because that was the only line we experimented on. In the first challenge 1 before we got shown or told anything. What we had to change is the amount of turning when it sees the black line.


Today we had to do a program using colour sensor and touch sensor. The program had to follow a black line and when the touch sensor is pushed the program had to stop. For me it was quite challenging to make it follow a line and also make it so when the touch sensor is pushed the program has stop. My program was so when black line is seen by the colour sensor it turns left and goes forward. Then when touch sensor is pushed program has to stop.
























rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg was born on July the 4th 1883 and he died December the 7th 1970.

He lived in San Francisco, California United States with his Jewish parents Max and Hannah (Cohen).

He was the third of seven children born which three of them died as children. As young as four, Rube Goldberg began to trace illustrations and took up drawing lessons at the age of eleven.

Rube’s occupation included Engineering, sculpting, author, news reporting, inventor and a cartoonist.

He had many achievements over his career, in 1948 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning and in 1959 he won the Banshee’s Silver Lady Award.

Rube Goldberg became famous and was best known for his illustration’s of an over engineered invention that was meant to preform a simples task like the Rube Goldberg Door Opener Upper.

Here is a link to a video on it.


















A Rube Goldberg machine always has a purpose to do something it is all about creating a machine that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very complicated manner.