gumball machine

the planning proses

first step is the planning

we had to wright on a planning sheet what we where going to do and what we understand about it and what we know about the topic. I know I had simple machines in my project so I wrote about that. I also wrote about what I need.

here is a photo:

the prototype

first we made a prototype it was basically it was everything we planed but very messy and rough here is a photo

the gumball goes through the ramp and the goes in a hatch that you have to twist and after you twist it the gumball will  go out the other ramp.

prototype reflection.

I think it was hard to make the prototype because it was really fiddley and the cardboard kept falling apart

and breaking and especially with the hot glue always braking when we put a rubber band on it

the gumball machine

I started by cutting a hole in the top of a flower pot for the gumballs to go through. then I got a plastic tube for the gumball to go on. I cut a little piece out of the tube and hot glued it inside the pot so the gumball would fall on the tube. then the gumball would keep falling beside the tube rather than going in the tube. so we taped the edges to the tube so it would always go in the tube.


then we needed gumballs. we couldn’t find big ones so we bought 12 mini gumball machines

{these had mini gumballs in them}

since we had so many we decided to use some of the parts so we proceeded to break it apart

and we used the little black bit and glued it to some popsicle sticks and used it as a knob that you turn and the gumball will go in and fall in our tube since it was the perfect size.

we had to use tape so the gumball would always fall in the tube because it kept falling out. the problem was the gumball would get stuck on the tape. so we put paper on top of the tape but the paper kept ripping so we took the paper of and hot glued the tape so the gumball wouldn’t stick.





LED denim jacket

what the goal of my project is

the goal of my project is to get all my LED’s {7} to light up and I want to learn about the lily mini and how it works.

step one: circuit

before I was able to super glue the lights in place I made a circuit to see if the battery could handle the amount of LEDs I was using {7}. here is a video of my circuit.

how it works

the energy travels to from the battery pack  through the wires and to the first light then that process continues except the power is just travels through the wires and to the lights and so on.

step two: super glue

after I had made my circuit I had to super glue the LEDs on to my jacket to keep them in place for when I sew them on.

step three: battery pack

I sew I have to make a pocket to  hold the battery in place. what I did was I got the label that was sewn onto the jacket and sewed around the edges and left one side open then I unstitched the top of the label and put the battery in the pocket I had made.


after that I had to add the lily mini but first I had to connect the battery to the lily mini. I wanted heartbeat fade so I connected the thread to the number one on the lily mini after that I had to start sewing on the lights I had finished the positive and was half way through the negative that is when I realised  my battery pack wires had disconnected from the lily mini so I will have to reconnect those back on to the lily mini




what could I do better:

I think I could have soldered the wires on better so they wouldn’t come off.

did I solve a problem:

yes, I think my soldering it doing something to my connection

what am I going to do next:

I am going to take my soldering off, reconnect my battery pack, keep sewing!


the end of the project

I enjoyed this project and I defiantly leant a lot from it. in the end I stoped my project I just couldn’t work out what was going wrong with the connection. I will be able to use all of the skills I have gain from doing  this project.

what I learned

during this project I learned how to make a parallel circuit, solder, sew, sew with a sewing machine.

with these skills I will be able to use  in the future and will help me a lot.