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Rube Goldberg Machine

Session 1

Today we started our Rube Goldberg machine. The aim was to get a peice of rubbish in a bin. We got put in a team of 3. In the middle of the session he had a musical lesson so that left us with 2 people.

We started building by putting : a wheel on top of a visual planner on top of a dictionary and then 2 visual planners next 2 each other, Which would knock down some blocks of 100 and then hit a ruler which wold hit more blocks and then some more blocks which then hit the peice of paper into the bin.

In the end we came really close to getting the pece of rubbish in. It even bounced off the side of the bin.

I have a few videos of the attempts of trying to get the machine to work.

Session 2

Today Year 5 had another session of Rube Goldberg (session 2). We used LEGO for our material to build our simple machines (pulleys,ramps,etc).

I was partnered with Mitchell to build a simple machine called a board bouncer. A board bouncer has marble on top of it and has some dominoes connected to it which are hit by another contraction.

The dominoes hit a pole which is connected to a platform supporting the marble. That makes the platform slowly move down the pole lowering the marble to hit the next contraption.

Session 3

Today we had another session of Rube Goldberg (session 3). We were all partnered into 3 except me (I was partnered into 2 with ditch again). We could decide what we wanted to build. Me and ditch decided to build a paddle-boat.

This required lots and lots of K’nex  and work to build. We almost had jobs because at the start he got me to get the different types of K’NEX to build with and he made the parts. I built some parts but since ditch has a lot of Lego at his house he was extremely good at building.

We ended up with a impressive paddle-boat that actually worked on land.

The Problems of this was that the elastic band had a limited amount of pull-back. Meaning that it was much worse on land than in water, meaning that it could only go a couple of centre metres at best on land.

I believe that the aim of this Machine is to be a teaching source to teach the user how the pullback of the elastic band.

Session 4

Today we did another period of design (pulleys). I partnered up with ditch and then we started. We started with a single pulley, then a double and a quad.

I learned how to build all the stuff necessary:single pulley, double and quad. I also learned how to build them and what the pulleys do.

We ended up with a proud, all of above done. 😁

Session 6

Today we were meant to do a design of the Rube Goldberg Project. We did. I drew the materials, the goal, the team members, a title, an awkward drawing and a description to go with all of that.

Session 7

Today we fine-lined our design. I added some stuff and took a picture which will be on this blog now

Session 8

Today in design we discussed who was bringing what. We decided that I was going to bring string and dominoes. Charles was bringing our material. And Jess was bringing the plastic cups [pulleys]. The rest was already there.

Session 9

Today in Design we built the 1st part of our Rube Goldberg Machine. Which was a ramp,[Made out of Hot wheels track]. Then a Match-box car would run down that car to hit 3 dominoes. The dominoes hitting a Marble. The Marble would go down a pipe, hitting my keyboard on H.

There are meant to be 2 machines, 1 hitting the letter I to spell hi. But we still haven’t figured out how to make it actually hit the right keys.

Here are a couple of photos 0f our machine in person.

Session 10

Today our Rube Goldberg Machine got an extension. We now have a platform and have found a use of the Heater that was conveniantly placed near our Rube Goldberg Machine.

Here are our pictures and videos!

Session 10

Today we added another extension of our Rube Goldberg. As well as that we finally finished our Rube Goldberg Machine.

It went well but the thing was that it had to be portable




this is my Cereal box Mar ball run design project. A Marble run is where you put a Marble in a box and you put track ( a type of material that you use to keep the marble running. The reason we need track is so that the track guides it down to the bottom. The aim of the project is to make the marble as slow as possible


Session 1

Today we started our design project. I was so excited because I had never done a design project before! we started off watching some YouTube then I finally was able to think of a seed (basically an idea) so we could have an idea of what our box was going to look like. The seed ended up looking like a normal marble roller but it was good enough though. here it is.


Session 2

Today we finally started building our marble run out of a cereal box. My box was made out of Kellogg’s cornflakes. I started by cutting out the parts of the cereal box I thought I didn’t need. I could not believe how easy it was. Then I realized my mistake, I had cut off the sides of my cereal box to make more track for my cereal box. THAT meant I had to use more sticky tape than I had wanted. we could only use 30 cm of sticky tape so that was a annoying.


Session 3

today I was glad to hear that we where going to be making a new box. I was glad because unfortunately I had recently lost

my cereal box. But I was ready to make a new seed as seen below.


My seed was a lot more detailed than the first. mine had a funnel, a good sticky tape keeping program, longer track and finally a loop around the outside.

The funnel was so that the marble would land in it so it would roll around and around which would make it slower.this worked because the way the cardboard was made was so it was curved so that gravity couldn’t bring it down and gravity was forced to make the marble go around and around and around. the sticky tape keeping program was made to keep me from wasting sticky tape. it was meant to work like this : I would cut out the a little hole in the side of the box and the put some track in the hole and then put the tiniest piece of sticky tape in the middle to hold it up, Hopefully the gravity would not be strong enough.


Session 4

Today I started building my 2nd cereal box. It was much better than I thought. After that I got my cereal box ( which was another cornflakes box ironically ) . once again I started cutting and was careful around the edges. this time I did not mess up. in the end it ended up being just as I wanted minus a loop around the cereal box.

Then i started filming after i had done about 25 shots i was ready to edit here are the many trials and errors of locky p’s marble run. I also have a picture of the cereal box itself and the marble roller version. Here they are!

Reflection of how it could of improved

I loved the marble run project because it was my first one and I couldn’t believe how well it went.

It wasn’t the worst or the best design in the class and i admit it could’ve gone better but I still liked it all the same.

It could’ve improved by the first design being a bit more complicated

and not loosing it even if you couldn’t see it.


But over all I was really impressed with everyone’s work including mine and I am going to say that design has probably been one of the best subjects this term. Well this time anyway.

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