Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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Invention Challenge 1

2014 - 2015

 

Opabinia

Designers:

Lucas and Graeme

From the makers:

First, we made a prototype that was a world champion from the other class. It also went 24`10 every time with big wheels. With medium wheels it didn’t. With small wheels it went 0’0. So we decided that big wheels are the best! After we submitted it into the race, we decided to put a lot of extra lining, but that didn’t get us that far. So we cut everything off. The Opabinia is complex as an Opabinia and it will win the race this year!

Cheerleading:

The Opabinia is the best

The Opabinia will beat the rest!

The Opabinia will win the race!

The Opabinia will beat our mates!

The Opabinia is fast, it can slice through the air!

It will knock any other cars off its iron tires. It will win!

GO THE OPABINIA!

Please help support The Opabinia by cheering for it at the race!

 

Status:

Best distance: 38' 10"

Competition status: Gold medal winner

 

 

The Athletic Automobile

Designers:

Kate and Sam

From the makers:

We started off big with a 24.10 that hit the wall on our first run. Then we started going with different wheel sizes. Prototype 2 had two big wheels and two small wheels and had many steering problems. Our best run with prototype 2 went 24.8. Prototype 3 also had steering problems with 4 big wheels and our best run went 15.7. Our final design is our best design and its best run was 35.7 on the hallway track. We are the Athletic Automobile.

Theories

Our car is fast, we are strong, are distance is really long. Go go Go athletic automobile!(3 times)

Best distance: 35.7

 

Status:

Best distance: 34' 11" (in the competition)

Competition status: Silver medal winner

 

 

The Alabama

Designers:

Ben and Chad

From the makers:

When we started we made many designs but most didn’t work. Then we found the perfect design. We were hitting about 15 feet because of a steering problem then we put on all big wheels. It was working perfectly. We kept getting 24' 10". When we tried other wheels we found a steering problem. Then we went back to the big wheels. It worked. When we went into the hall way, we set the new world record of 42 feet on the dot. Now we're ready to win the competition.

Theories

Song

Alabama Alabama

Alabama Alabama Alabama,

We got, we got,

42 feet on the on the dot,

Alabama Alabama

Alabama Alabama Alabama,

we set, we set, the new amazing wourld record,

Alabama Alabama

Alabama Alabama Alabama,

Its small, Its small, but still very fast.

Alabama Alabama

Alabama Alabama Alabama,

We are ready to win!

 

Status:

Best distance: 42' NEW WORLD RECORD

Competition status: Bronze medal winner

 

 

The Purple Stripped Unicorn

Designers:

Rebecca the awesome and Sawyer

From the makers:

At first we had two big yellow wheels and two black big wheels. This car only went about twenty feet the first time, but then it went spinning out of control after three feet all the other times. So we changed our vehicle by taking off the yellow wheels and replacing them with big black wheels.
This new design travelled the length of the room or really, really close to the wall. This is our current vehicle that is going thirty five feet. :D

Theories:

  • It should be heavy.

  • It should be symmetrical.

  • Big wheels.

  • It should be balanced.

 

Why it we will win:

We are awesome. We have no steering problems, we are balanced, and have no friction and, finally, we have an awesome name.

 

Status:

Best distance: 38' 9"

Competition status: Fourth place

 

 

BIG small JR.

Designers:

Aidan, Saoshan and Jackson

From the makers:

Our prototype 1 was averaging around 19 feet. We knew it had to change it if we wanted to win. We changed to 4 large wheels. It was around 16’11 to 24’7. It wasn’t good enough. We changed it even more. 2 large wheels in the front and 2 extra-large wheels in the back. It hit the wall every single time in the classroom, but in the hallway it hit 28 feet flat. It kept hitting the side wall. We figured out what the problem was - we put the wheels too close together. It goes really fast and when you even the wheels out it goes far, fast and accurate. This Prototype is named BIG small JR. Let’s hope for the best!

Theories:

  • Big wheels in the back go 20x better

  • Same on both sides is important

  • It needs to be heavy if you want to win

Why we are going to win:

We are going to fix our problems. Our vehicle is stylish, it goes very far, it is reliable, it is accurate, it is heavy so it goes farther. It is symmetrical and it’s got big wheels in the back so it is always facing downhill and when things go downhill they go faster.

 

Status:

Best distance: 33'

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

The Singing Gymnast 1 Million

Designers:

Nicole Banks and Jia Robinson

From the makers:

We have had many ideas and many cars but we think that this final car is the one. The one that will lead us to kid car victory. We have one tiny problem with it, of course. We are working on the speed and the steering. We are trying to get longer than 26’4”. Also, our car can’t always be so reliable with the steering but we are making some minor tweaks to it. When we think that its ready we will test it. Oh, we almost forgot we couldn’t have done any of this without a really good friend's help. We are Nicole Banks and Jia Robinson and this is our car story.

Theories:

  • Symmetry

  • Balance

  • Steering

  • Speed

Why we are going to win:

We have balance and symmetry which we think is important. Also, we have a good base and wheel size. We will win because we worked hard, and we never backed down.

 

Status:

Best distance: 28'

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

The Thing That Might Work

Designers:

Dillon, Owen and Henri

 

From the maker:

When we first started it was miserable. We had no Idea what happened. But then we had an idea. Owen and Henri made a vehicle in afterschool that went far. So we went with that vehicle which was the Kermit. That went 15 to 20 feet. Then we got The Thing That Work and it got 24,10!

Theories:

1. Balance is key

2.it needs to go fast

3. Get something that boosts it


Song:

The thing that might work runs down the track beats the world record

Vote for it, for we will win. No one gets in our way. Winning every battle now.

It will be called, 'The Thing That Worked'.

 

Status:

Best distance: 30' 6"

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

Kitten Pies

Designers:

Katie and Peyton

 

From the makers:

The story so far on the Kitten Pies is that the vehicle that we drew the picture of has hit the wall

once. We have added a triangle to the front of the vehicle but it made the vehicle curve to the

left, so we took it off. That didn’t work, so we took it apart and we made a whole new vehicle.

On that vehicle we got a total of six big wheel, four grey connects, four white connects, and

twelve little red connects. We attached all of the grey connects to the white connects so it makes

a square. Then we attached three of the six big wheels to the grey connects and surrounded the

a wheel with two of the twelve red connects. That vehicle hit the wall almost every time it went

down the ramp. That is our story so far.

 

Theories:

  • Heavy in the front

  • More than two wheels

  • Balanced

 

Song

Our vehicle is going to win because we have the most faith. We are not in the top three right now but we are still trying. Our motto is when you fall you just get back up and keep on trying. We are going to win because we are the best of the best and better than all the rest.

 

Status:

Best distance: 31' 6"

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

 

The Lazer Popsicle

Designers:


Laurel & Lydia

From the makers:

We started with a vehicle that went 1 foot, and a wheel fell off. The wheel itself went 24 10, but that didn’t count. Then we made several other vehicles that didn’t go far. We also tested all the wheel sizes, and found that large, and medium wheels, are better than small wheels. Our next vehicle went about 15 feet, but we weren’t satisfied with that. Then we scrapped the vehicle entirely, and made a new one, that went farther. This is the Lazer Popsicle.

Theories

  • Balance is key

  • To be long, and thin

  • It should be symmetrical

 

Our car will win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our car is balanced, doesn’t have steering issues, and doesn’t stop due to unwanted breaking.

 

Status:

Best distance: 25' 11"

Competition status: First round

 

The Awesome Glitterator .003

Designers:

Ava Heinegg and Taylor Lavoie

From the Makers:

We are Ava Heinegg and Taylor Lavoie, and we are the creators of The Awesome Glitterator .003. Here’s how are vehicle came to be. We started out with a small square design and it only went 5 ft. Then we realized it had to be aero dynamic. We made minor changes and the next design hit 24.10. But unfortunately when we tried a minor change in the wheels and our vehicle hit a tragic stop we no longer hit the wall of glory. We figured out that large wheels are by far the best. We now are having a dilemma: our once perfect vehicle is gone - even with the diagram we aren’t able to perform well again.

Theories:

  • Aero Dynamic

  • Symmetry

  • Light

  • Reliability

  • Stability

 

Why we’re going to win:

We have no friction, we have a fast moving vehicle, our vehicle is aero dynamic, and we’ve got a sweet ride! We know that we are the best of the best. 

 

Status:

Best distance: 16' 11"

Competition status: First round

 

 

Best Distances Awards 2014 - 2015:

The Alabama

Best distance: 42' (World record)

 

The Flaming Hot Sauce Bottle

Best distance: 40' 10" and 39' 2"

 

Opabinia

Best distance: 38' 10"

 

Purple Striped Unicorn

Best distance: 38' 9"

 

Shimmering Simulator

Best distance: 37' 11"