Rube Goldberg


For the Rube Goldberg project we were asked to make a complicated machine to do a simple task. Gordon and I worked together for this project and we decided to make a machine that makes waffles. Given that Gordon and I work extremely well together our Rube Goldberg turned out to be spectacular. But I felt like this project wasn’t as a challenge compared to the rocket project because the partner I was with was with, wasn’t as challenging as the last one. Throughout my years at Animas I still want to challenge myself like the rocket project but also have some projects that are more successful like the Rube Goldberg project.

The Rocket Project
The Rocket ProjectFor this unit we built rockets out of soda bottles. We used equations, and measurements to find things like force, acceleration, and hang time. Making your rocket to actually come off the ground is surprisingly difficult. Many students were very ambitious and made their rocket insanely complicated or extremely huge. My partner Eric Setka and I decided to go simple. With only one engine, large fins, and a long body our rocket proved to fly very high. The problem was the parachute. It turned out after a glorious flight into the air, the path down was disastrous. Dive bombing a good two feet into the ground and totally disassembling it’s self.
But if I were to do this project again I would use the same rocket design but improve more on deploying the parachute. 


Labs
The Cat Can Lab
In this lab we had to calculate the distance a marble would fall when rolled off a table and mark where we think it is going to hit we with a cat can. First we had to get the average speed of the marble then we calculate the height of the table. We had three different heights of tables; a small one, a medium one, and a tall one. Gordon Gianniny and I worked together and we managed to get all three marbles to hit in the cat can.
In this lab we had to calculate the distance a marble would fall when rolled off a table and mark where we think it is going to hit we with a cat can. First we had to get the average speed of the marble then we calculate the height of the table. We had three different heights of tables; a small one, a medium one, and a tall one. Gordon Gianniny and I worked together and we managed to get all three marbles to hit in the cat can.