Michael J. Allen

Class of 2018 - 2019

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Invention Challenge 1

2015 - 2016

 

The Green Monster

Designers:

Ayush & Haley

From the makers:

                At the beginning of the competition things were going great, and then we were sliding downhill. We had a fairly simple vehicle, and then we changed it around a bit. We made the vehicle slightly smaller and slimmer. We discovered that the changes we made were not the best. Our vehicle`s distances were getting lower and lower. Then we trashed the whole car and made a thin and long car. We kept doing trial runs, and the vehicle wasn’t doing very well. Then we made our final vehicle. It`s not the best. We were not getting the best distances, but wer'e keeping our heads held high!

We believe that we will not make it very far in the competition. The reason we think this because we have not getting very good distances lately.

Theories:               

Status:

Best distance: 35' 11"

Competition status: Gold medal winner

 

 

Bob Crystal

Designers:

Abbie and Jack

Note from designers:

We started poorly, with distances of about 5 feet. We made some changes and ended up with 7 foot 11 for an official distance. Then we trashed the idea and made a new vehicle getting distances of about 15 feet. Our best distance so far is 22 feet 2 inches although we haven’t tried to go in the hallway, we doubt we'll do any better. We only, barely, have a chance in the competition. We have also tried different décor including giant yellow bows (don’t ask). Hopefully we will make it into the  grade competition!

Theories:

 

Status:

Best distance: 30.9

Competition status: Silver medal winner

 

 

Dark Gladiator

Designers:

          Vishal Romero & Ciara Falvey

From the makers:

          We started off with a ridiculously complex and bulky vehicle. It had the shape of a moonshiner’s car, and weighed a lot. It almost always hit between fifteen and twenty one feet. It was OK, but we wanted a car that hit the wall almost every time, and our vehicle just wouldn’t do it, no matter what we did to it.

          So we decided to completely wreck it and start from scratch. We started out with a ludicrously simple design, just a square with four wheels. We tried it out, and it hit 35’ 6”. We added a few more accessories, but everything seemed to make it worse, so we just stuck with the original square. However, we did put stoppers to stop the wheels from sliding all over the place.

Theories:

          We thought that big wheels, weight in the back and stability will help. Now we think that big wheels, light body and symmetry will help more.

 

Status:

Best distance: 38' 6"

Competition status: Bronze medal winner

 

 

The Flying Pig with a Top Hat

Designers:

Matteo and Ethan!!!

From the makers:

Our vehicle started out pretty well. Our vehicle was going about an average of 15 feet. Then it started going downhill and when we had to do the official distance it was going about 5 feet. Our first official distance was 1.1 feet but we got a second chance and our real official distance was 4.3. We were not happy with this so we trashed our car and made a new one. This car had braking problems and we couldn’t fix it. We trashed that vehicle and finally made one that goes a decent distance of 30 feet with steering problems.

Theories:

·         Should be symmetrical

·         Big wheels are the best

·          Should be stable

·         Should be light

Go Flying Pig with a Top Hat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Status:

Best distance: 30' 1"

Competition status: Fourth place

 

 

Flash

Designers:

Josh K. and Vaibhav

From the makers: 

At first our car had two big wheels and two small wheels. It did pretty badly. It was only getting fifteen feet, twenty feet max. It only got 24, 10” once. Then we changed to the other small wheels. It did even worse. If you launched it the wrong way the wheels swiveled and it stopped. We only tried about four times before we switched back to our original car. With it we got the best official distance in the class [23' 06”]. Even though we had the best official distance, we decided our car wasn’t going to cut it. We did a little research and decided to do a rectangular design with all big wheels. We hadn’t tested it once when Mr. Allen told us we were going to do our first test in the hallway. We figured we could just test it out in the hall. One of our classmates vehicle got 44' 03”, and we thought there was no way we could beat it. But when it was our turn, we got 44' 09” - the new world record!

Theories:

·        Big wheels are the best!

·        Rectangular design

·        Lightweight

·        Symmetry

 

Status:

Best distance: 44' 9" NEW WORLD RECORD

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

Thunderblast

Designers:

Danny and Saphia

From the makers:

Early on in the building process, we hit the wall all the time. Everyone thought we were the best car. Then when we’re going for our official distance, we only got 17”7. Then straight after that we kept our winning ways. Then we tested it in the hallways. It broke the world record! Then Josh broke our record. I think we will take it to the end and win the competition. We will break the record and the distance will be 49”11.

Theories: big wheels, square shape, and not much stability.   

Status:

Best distance: 44' 3" (2nd best distance of all-time!)

Competition status: Quarter finalist and winner, by popular demand, of 'Most Unlucky Vehicle' award!

 

 

Flaming Fireballs

Designers:

Josh M. and Lizzy

From the makers:

At first our car was going 16 feet.  It was a simple design. Then we put on the roof and it started to go 18 feet. Then we started adding a back. Then it started going 18 and half feet. TWe added on a front then it started going 19 feet. We scraped lead on the tires. After the lead, it started going 24 feet and occasionally hitting the wall. One of our classmates got the new world record of 44 foot 9 inches. It was crazy! That’s where we leave off, but for us I fear the contest is out of reach.

Theories:

·         We think that big wheels work best

·         We think scraping led works

·         Symmetry

·         A bit heavier in the front than back

·         skinny

Status:

Best distance: 24' 9"

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

Pink Fluffy Unicorns

Designers:

Justin and Ruby

From The Makers:

At first our vehicle was awful and only hitting 5 to 20 feet. Almost immediately we knew we needed to improve, so we destroyed it. When we redid it, the car started going 15 to 20 feet and we knew that wouldn’t help us win this grade-wide competition. After multiple tries of hitting 18 to 20 feet, we got it right and started hitting the wall consistently. It was lucky for a little while, but eventually broke down and started going at tops 20 feet. We entered the competition with a vehicle we made in 5 minutes and that hit 20’ 4”. We did some research and found out how to build a car that hit 40’ 4”. It’s not the best, but still not the worst.

Theories

·         The ability to steer is important

·         Big wheels

·         Balance

·         Speed

 

Status:

Best distance: 40' 4"

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

 

The Shiny Shiny

Designers: 

Margaret and Liam

From the makers

We started with a long vehicle that could not even get off the ramp. Continuing on we made another vehicle called big wheel six. Its consistent distance was 24’10 and we did not get a chance to try it out in the hall. Its first distance was 24’10. From there it slid down the hill to a minimum of 4’6. We changed it back to 'big wheel six' and its official distance was 16’3. Then we put a really big support system on it, but it just made it heaver.  From there, we studied our classmate’s cars and it seemed that the lead distance maker was succeeding with a long body and four wheels. We tried our own version of this design and its farthest distance was 12’1. We noticed it had some steering problems, so we put a support connector in the middle. We are hoping to try out our vehicle before the competition begins and our back up is 'big wheel six'.

Theories     

Status:

Best distance: 24' 10"

Competition status: First round

 

 

Space Bacon

Designers:

Bereket and Dimitri 

From the makers:

I think it will go about 15.6 because it has a slight steering problem. I think it will have a good chance but, lets face the facts, it's not going to win the whole thing - but it will power through and get into  4th place.

Space bacon has been modified a lot, and I am glad it is still standing. The first design was not so good, so we decided to too re-build it. It would turn some times, but it got better, until one day it finally hit 24.10! Yeah it was the longest we got but still we were happy with what we got.

Theories:

·         Less weight

·         Big wheels

GO SPACE BACON!!!!!!!!! 

Status:

Best distance: 24' 10"

Competition status: First round

 

 

Best Distances Awards 2015 - 2016:

Flash

Best distance: 44' 9" NEW WORLD RECORD

 

Thunderblast

Best distance: 44' 3" (2nd best distance of all-time!)

Winner - Most Unlucky Award 2015

 

Pink Fluffy Unicorns

Best distance: 40' 4"

 

Dark Gladiator

Best distance: 38' 6"

 

Green Monster

Best distance: 35' 11"