Unit Question: How can I use my environment to solve a problem?
Area of Interaction: Human Ingenuity

April 25: Explored options for a project. Decided on a Rube Goldberg.
April 26: Started to investigate designs.
April 27: Continued to design.
April 30: Designed and started to build.
May 1: Continued to build
May 2: Continued to build.
May 4: Build build build!
May 7: We built.
May 8: Built.
May 9: Almost 1/2 done! (We built)
May 10: Not quite finished...just a little more work... (We built)

Design / Plan:
A marble rolls down a chute and sets in motion an orange. The orange rolls along a path and comes to where the bread rests on a flap of cardboard. It knocks over the flap, sending the bread onto a plate below. The orange falls onto a chute that directs it into a basket, which pulls a lever, which removes a pin, setting the plate in motion. When the pin is pulled out, the basket tips, sending the orange down another chute.
The plate falls onto a suspended platform and causes it to sink down onto a lever, which pulls out a barrier in front of a water bottle, releasing the water down a tube and into a cup. When the cup gets heavy enough, a trapdoor is pulled free, and meat falls onto the bread.
The orange falls into another cup, pulling out a pin, and sending the plate rolling.
As the plate rolls down the chute, it rolls over a lever. The lever knocks into another lever going horizontally, which knocks into a marble. The marble hits a bigger marble, which rolls and hits a bigger marble. The bigger marble falls onto a lever that has a hammer on the other end. The hammer hits one end of a lever with the cheese, sending it onto the sandwich. The weight from the other end brings it back.
As the hammer falls past the cheese apparatus, it hits another marble. The marble rolls down a tube and hits more marbles, releasing a cascade of marbles. The marbles fall into a basket, weighing it down and pulling out a pin, which starts the plate rolling again.
The plate rolls past a lever, releasing a stream of water carrying the lettuce. It floats alongside the sandwich and turns. The water falls off the edge and into a tube, where the lettuce falls past the tube and onto the sandwich.
The water flows into a bucket, pulling another pin, which starts the plate rolling again. The bucket falls onto a lever, which hits a platform from the bottom, starting a marble rolling. The marble rolls into a cup, which pulls a string, which pulls down a platform under the tomato, causing it to fall on the sandwich.
The cup falls and bumps into another marble. The marble rolls down and hits a bigger marble. That marble rolls and hits a bigger marble / weight. That weight rolls into a cup, releasing the plate. The plate rolls to the ground and comes to a stop.
The plate rolls past a lever, which releases vinegar. The vinegar flows down a chute and into a balloon that contains baking soda. The balloon inflates, dumping the bread onto the sandwich.


How can I use my environment to solve a problem?
I can solve any problem using materials and information from my environment.

Area of Interaction: Human ingenuity
We had to use our ingenuity to create a device to make a sandwich using materials just lying around.

Investigate:
We looked at designs on the internet that did similar things to ours. We also looked at what parts we had available for our use.

Design:
We brainstormed ideas for our design and...designed the machine. Not a whole lot to explain.

Plan:
We went through the steps and explained how we could make it work.

Create:
We made the machine, limiting ourselves to what we had in the room and very select other materials.

What went well:
The steps of the machine that we got completed worked.

What didn't work well:
We didn't completely finish it. We needed to budget our time better and/or make a simpler design.