my last reflection

REMEMBERING: what did I do

We made the cars so that they would be as fast as possible. We tried different types of ways to make them faster. one of the cars is really fast, one is medium, and one is really slow. We kept them like this so we could show how to make a fast car. We also made two different race tracks.

UNDERSTANDING: what was important about it

The stuff that was important was the little additions like adding different tyres on the cars. We also did some other things like adding the car symbols on the racetrack.

APPLYING: where could I use this again

I could use the skills that I have learnt with the building in making cars out of lego at my house.

ANYLIZING: do is see any patterns in what I am doing

no. But there is some things that can be related to like how the blocks look like.

Design Project/trying to make the fastest lego wedo 2.0 car

Today Oscar and I started our project, we are making wedo 2.0 cars. Today we watched some videos about lego cars to help us get ideas. We couldn’t start building the cars because the batteries wouldn’t work.

Today we started building our car and we got the program to work. We added parts from my lego corvette from home and this is what it looked like.

We also had to do the program for our wedo 2.0 to make the car to drive. This is a picture of the program.

I made the blocks say 99999 because that means it will go further and for more time. We have to drive our car on flat ground because otherwise it won’t work because the wheels will get stuck in the dirt and the tires will get dirty.

today I wasn’t here for two periods but Oscar made a new car. he programmed it so the car makes a sound before moving. When I got back to school we had a race with the corvette and the buggy z4( that is the car that Oscar made.

today Oscar and I made a four wheel drive, we had to remake it four times because the wheels weren’t working because sometimes they were too big we finally got it to work but they kept driving off on an angle. Here is a video of our three cars racing.

Today Oscar and I remade the four wheel drive car. We remade it because we thought we could make it faster and look better. First we widened the car then we added decorations on the hood of the car. Here is a photo.

The four wheel drive car still wasn’t faster than the buggy z4 which we were aiming to make it faster than. We then tried lots of different wheels. The buggy z4 was still faster. We adjusted the buggy z4s back wheels to try and slow it down to make the four wheel drive car faster and we made the buggy z4 faster accidently. That just gave us a harder challenge. We tried another pair of wheels on the four wheel drive car and then we had a race. It finally was faster by about 2cm. Here is a video of the race.

Next session we are going to try and make the cars better by improving their aerodynamics. I have an idea to make a car with 2 motors ( we can’t get any more motors) but I don’t think we will make it  because Oscar wants to keep all 3 cars.  I think that would be ok because on presentation day there would be more competition when we do our races. it would also give us more of a challenge to make all 3 cars fast.

today Oscar and I did some more races with the cars. I figured out how to add sounds to my program so I added 5 sirens and 2 dolphin sounds  just to see how that worked for a test. Next week I will make the sounds better and experiment with which ones are better or I think sound better. Personally I love the sirens.  Here is a snip of the program.

Today I remade the program so I had the sirens in one program and the driving program separate. I did this so the sirens are always going instead of just at the start and then you have to wait 10 minutes for them to play again. In the driving program I made it say 111 instead of 9999 because then it will go for less time. Here is a snip of the new program.

I also remade the corvette because it was lacking speed and was getting flogged in races so I remade the model and tried to make it faster. I made it better by reducing weight and improving the aerodynamics. It looks a bit goofy on the front because it is missing pieces that would usually be there so that is why it looks like that.Here is a picture of the new model. It doesn’t look much like a corvette anymore though.

While I made the corvette Oscar made some changes to the buggy z4. He changed the wheels and he added a glass screen from my corvette. Here is a picture of it.

Then we raced are cars on the tennis courts. the corvette has a problem with turning to much so that is what we will work on next session. The corvette had some malfunctions but I fixed it and made it work. Here is a video of the race.

on Tuesday we raced the cars throughout the whole classroom. We couldn’t make it work because there wasn’t a clear path in the classroom. It also kept turning a lot so we fixed that so the corvette drives straight.

today Oscar and I took our cars to the gym because we had lots of room to drive them.  We are now going to show you the statistics of the cars.

4×4

length: 15 cm

height:  10 cm

10 metre time: 29 seconds

width: 11 cm

Corvette

length: 15 cm

height: 8 cm

10 metre time: 48 seconds

width: 6 cm

buggy z4

length: 11 cm

height: 6 cm

10 metre time: 32 seconds

width: 9 cm

today I remade the buggy z4 because it wasn’t working. We tried everything but it didn’t want to work so we broke it and built it again. Now it is square and is a four wheel drive. Oscar named it the 1970 Volvo. here is a picture.

I also adjusted the rubber band on the 4×4 because it made it faster.

 

Oscar made a track four the 4×4 with lots pf obstacles for it to go over. It can easily clear the track because it is so big. We figured you can only clear the track if you have big enough wheels and if the cars body is high up. That’s why the 1970 Volvo couldn’t make it. here is a picture of the track and some videos of the cars failing and completing the track. the second video is an example of how the small wheels don’t work. P.S. the 1970 Volvo isn’t meant for the track.

today we did a lot of work because we made the flat track. It has coloured sticky tape for the checked pattern at the start and finish line. the track took about 2 hours to make. All the cars drive well on the track because the cardboard is flat. There is some wholes but next session I will fill them in. I also changed the wheels on the 1970 Volvo so it could go faster on the track. Here is a picture of the track and some videos of the cars clearing the track.

 

 

 

 

Design Project Expo

Today was the design expo and we had to show our pinball machine. Everyone really enjoyed playing our pinball machine. It is done now and here is a video.

We also had to take a picture of 3 other projects that inspired us. Here are mine.

This project inspired me because they were making a drone. I liked the drone because I think it was a cool idea to make a drone and their programming was really difficult.n

 

Bombing of darwin

Bombing of Darwin is told through the diary of Tom Taylor. At first Tom lives in Adelaide with his mum. His dad is working in Darwin so they move there. Tom meets lots of new people and learns about Darwin and the war. He hears about the news in the other countries. until one day Japan hit Darwin. Read the book to find out about Tom’s life.

I liked bombing of Darwin the most because it had more action.

I rate this book 4 stars because I liked the action but there were also lots of boring bits.

Camp Writing Piece

Year 5 Camp

High ropes

As I stand under the awesome high ropes course I feel so enthusiastic that I could burst out into the blue sky like a firework of smoke. My eyes are flaming hot with excitement about to explode like a fresh stick of dynamite. The teacher hooked the solid red rope to my harness. I leap like a powerful athlete onto the stump and I climbed so fast up the silver ladder I felt like a cheetah sprinting after its prey. I stepped up the metal staples that were hammered into the gigantic green post. When I reached the top, I gripped the rope and my hands were stuck to it with glue. I started walking across the wire grabbing onto the ropes as I went. The wire was as wobbly as a thin branch that I nearly fell off. When I reached the end I was happy that I completed the ropes course and I jumped off and I was lowered down slowly. I felt like I was hovering down like some amazing high-tech machine in the future. I landed on the earthy coloured ground and I wanted another billion goes but I had to let others have another go.

The Pinnacle

As I walk out to the bus I feel warm under the blazing orange sun above me. I sit down next to Abhi and we start driving to the pinnacle. As we swerve along the windy road I can see the pinnacle and all the rocks scattered everywhere. We stop at the carpark and start walking up the pinnacle. I feel the breeze pelting against my face like bullets. It is extremely hot but I keep walking up the rocky surface and all the jagged, rocky steps. We stop for a break on the rocks and I take a valuable drink of water. We get back up on our feet and start walking. We stop at a dark cave and we all go inside. I have to crawl because there is no space to stand up. The floor is wet and we have to keep walking. Next we stop at a secret cave and we go to in there. It is really thin but we can stand up. I look up and see the gigantic boulders that could crush me instantly. We were walking on rocks and branches above giant drops into darkness and it was a little creepy. We came outside and walked to the top of the mountain. It felt good to get to the top. The view was amazing!!! After 10 minutes of history and the view we walked back down to camp and it was good to eat and rest a bit.

Reflection

On camp I learnt that I enjoyed the rope course the most because it was fun walking along the wobbly wire and swinging on the ropes. I also learnt that I don’t find hikes difficult and that getting to know some other people more helped me to know them more. I liked the trivia on the first night because I enjoyed answering questions with my friends from my cabin group. My favourite times at camp was when we drank from the waterfalls and guessing the answer to a question in trivia. I also liked the initiatives because the rope swinging and the riddles were fun to do with my friends.

 

Belonging

– What groups do you belong to?

pivot city basketball club. Newtown football club. my family.

– Pick a group that you belong to discuss what the benefits are of being apart of it?

pivot city basketball club. meeting new friends. learning how to get better.

– How do the groups you belong to differ among you and your family members/ friends?

Pivot city is made up of different people from different schools but my sisters netball team is school kids only.