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Mini Golf

This is a link to my design book scan.

My goal is to make a mini golf coarse with Jay and Harry N. What I am hoping to build using humming bird, Lego and Lego motors is a mini golf with the theme carnival games.


1st part.

This is tape coloured with black marker. It is the part that you start to hit the ball.

2nd part.

Then the ball will get shot up the pipe/clown tongue and come out the back of the clown face.

3rd part.

The right part of the course. the ball will travel through the tunnel and will come out the other side going towards the hole.

The left part of the course. There is a tunnel on that side too. On the side where the ball comes out there is a gate that opens and closes. You have to hit the ball through the gate when the gate opens. There is also this standing up gate after the gate that opens and closes that holds the brick that controls the gate. The only reason that we have the gate that doesn’t open and close is to hold the brick of the open and close gate.

As you can see that we have put rocks at the end near the hole to make it more difficult to hit into the hole.

We thought that at the front of our course it was a bit too plain so we put photos of carnival games on to add some detail

This is a video of our windmill working.

As you can see there are little flaps for the gates to sit in place so it doesn’t fall over.

At the end of the course we put more barriers on.


We decided to put an extra part of the part that stops the ball going over towards the hole because if we didn’t it would go all the way to the hole and possibly be a hole in one. The reason I don’t want anyone to hit a hole in one is because it is about having fun the course its not about getting it in a certain amount of goes.

We made this for decoration. There was a lot of space left for something so we put it in the extra space.

As you can see, we put stilts under the sides and under the hole so it would be a bit harder to hit in the hole.


If I could improve my project I would use a bit more space because I noticed it is quite bunched up and would be harder to hit while doing the course. Another thing would be the glue. We stuck glue on the pipes and stuck it down on the astro turf, then we wanted to take the pipes off the course and then there was a lot of glue stuck on the course.

Something important about our project was that we actually had all the supplies to build it. Also that we came up with a good idea/theme to make our course better.


This is the code for our windmill.





Humming Bird Design

The Dr Seuss Hummingbird Challenge

What type of creature might you create?

What variables might you consider?


•        Can your creature move? How? When? How much? How fast?

•        Does it make a sound? What sound? When? For how long?

•        What does it look like? Does it change colours? When?



My initial goal is to make a Crite in the light and what happens is we will have Crite in a box and whenever he senses something near him he will light up. How he is going to sense something we will make a hole in the box and then stick your hand through it and then he will sense something so he will light up.

Here are the parts, purposes and complexities of my design: We are going to try and make Crite light up but the hard part might be the programming.

This is the first iteration of my creature’s system: We will make the lights light up and make the distance sensor.




The second iteration of my creature’s system we are going to put the hummingbird circuit into a box and then we are going to put another bigger box around the box with the circuit in it. The reason we do that is because the effect of the light escaping the small holes will look much better. We found that we didn’t have enough lights so we put some more in to make an even better effect.


Here is the code below.

Here are the parts, purposes and complexities of the additions to my design: Now we are going to add the distance sensor so when you put your hand through that hand hole the lights will turn on.



This is the second iteration of my creature’s system: We poked bigger holes into the smaller box because we thought the holes were to small and the light wasn’t escaping very efficiently. Also we have made holes in the side of the box to put our hands through to so the distance sensor senses the hand going through the box so then the lights will turn on.


The parts which were the most challenging was doing the code.


I am not really an expert with coding.


We didn’t finish the project because we couldn’t get the distance sensor working. Throughout this project I learnt a lot. I hope to do hummingbird again some time this year.











Lego robotics

This is our finished catapult. We have found a problem. The problem was a part at the front of the catapult was to far in front of the part that launches the ping pong ball so what we did to solve it is we moved the part that was stopping the ping pong ball to be launched we moved it up and away so then it worked.

What I want to make next is a robot that follows the line.

It was a bit hard when building because some parts of the tutorial didn’t make sense but then Olly and Hamish helped me.

If I could use this again I would make a game where you had to aim the catapult towards a target.

Something that was important about it was the problem that I wrote at the top of my blog. It almost snapped which was a problem because the catapult wouldn’t work without it.

Our catapult took a while to make and It had some problems but it worked in the end.

It got hard in the end because of the problem. When we fixed the problem the part that flings the ping pong ball started to bend and nearly snap but it is ok now.

This is the code that we used to make the catapult work.

The first brick was making the catapult launch off. It has the degrees on how far to spin.

The second brick was used for when the button sensed it being touch it would let the stick that launched the ping pong ball be fired.

The third brick was telling the brick when to release the catapult stick and how hard it had to go.

The fourth brick was sensing when the go button was pressed.

Lego Robotics

This is our progress as we are making our catapult. The parts on the right side of the catapult with the cog, there is a stick attached to it and there is one on both sides. I noticed that they had to be the same size otherwise it wouldn’t work. but I found that out after I built that part. So now I am going to make them the same size so it will work.

There was a part at the front that I found hard to attach was the part under the part that you attach the ports to, I had to put a little stick on a T shaped piece of lego. I was copying it of a tutorial and my one didn’t look the same as the tutorials did.

Lego Robotics

This is a robot that we used 2 ball bearings as wheels so it was like a hoverboard. We found out that the cogs on the front we were using as wheels, the weight of them was too light so we connected the ball bearings on top of them to make them equal weight. As you can see the metal balls in the bearings would be followed by the cogs we used as wheels so they would both be like wheels. By holding the brick you can steer the robot.

ev3 robot

This is how we have started our robot to move.

Australian States Project

What I found challenging was making the code for the map of Australia because some parts of information didn’t fit into the scratch part, but I found out a way how to fix it, we fixed it by putting a gap between the texts of information.

What I liked about my project was that it had a lot of information and it worked really well. I think we worked well because we got our work done in the right amount of time and we didn’t rush it to get it done.

What I found easy was connecting the Makey Makey wires into the map. We stuck pins through the map and then the little points of the pins we got the Makey Makey wires and stuck them on the tip of the pin.

What I found important about my project was that the wires and pins had to make sure they stayed in the carboard but then we stuck them on with sticky tape. Also that we got he right information to put into the scratch texts.

Another way I could use my project is listing the landmarks of the states of Australia.

I am not sure what I will make In my next project in hummingbird.



Australian States Scratch

This is part of the Australian states project that i have put on to scratch for my makey makey.

Australian States

This is the work I did for my Australian states project.


Melbourne’s tramway system is the largest outside Europe and the fourth largest in the world.
Melbourne used to have a history of public bathing, with residents taking to the Yarra River.

It is located about 170 miles south-west of Sydney and 410 miles north-east of Melbourne.
The city has been home to the countries Executive, Judiciary and Legislature arms of government for 100 years.

Hobart is the capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania.
It is the least populated Australian state capital city, and second smallest if territories are taken into account (after Darwin, Northern Territory).

is the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia, situated on the Timor Sea.
It is the smallest, wettest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities.

It is rightly famous for its amazing climate that is near perfect all year round.
Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland.

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, with a population of about 1.4 million people.
Its famous for being the most isolated city in the world.

It is famous for its beautiful laid back lifestyle.
Most of the world famous wines comes from Barrossa valley and coonawarra,mclaren vale region near Adelaide.

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