Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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Invention Challenge 1

Ramp Run 2013

 

Super Monkeys

Designers:

Aaliyah and Jackson

From the makers:

The first time we went on the track we got 13 feet and it was ok because it was only the first time on the track. When we did it the second time we got 7 feet. We were sad that we got 7 feet. The furthest we got was 24 feet 10 inches which is the furthest you can go. We tested 3 more times. The same thing happened. We were very happy.

Super monkeys is gonna win. Super monkeys will beat the rest. SUPER MONKEYS YAY!!!!!!

Everyone is going to lose in the champion ship!!!!

 

Status:

Best distance: 33' 10"

Competition status: Gold medal winner

 

 

The Flaming Joker

Designers:

Aiden and Emma

From the makers:

At first our vehicle was awful. It was going twelve feet and six feet. Then we finally decided to destroy it slowly. Somehow we ended up with sixteen feet. Eventually we touched the wall. We felt like champions. Then we sadly got twenty two feet. We decreased sadly but we did not give up even when we went eleven feet!

We have a good feeling about this.

Our theory is light weight symmetry balance and big wheels are best. These have been our theories.

There was a little joker sitting on a log. He was cheering for the other team. He had no sense at all. He fell into the water, bumped his little head, and when he came back up again this is what he said: He said go, go, go, mighty Flaming Jokers. Go, go, go, mighty Flaming Jokers. Go, go, go, be the champions!

 

Status:

Best distance: 35' 1"

Competition status: Silver medal winner

 

 

Armageddon

Designers:

Nathan and Renata

From the makers:

We started with a small square body with wheels that stuck out of the main vehicle. Soon the wheels got wobbly and it had problems with steering, so we started over. We made it larger thinking it would make Armageddon go faster down the ramp. It was unstable and had steering issues though. Renata and Nathan (us) Einstein thinkers put our noggins to the test and we decided to make a centerpiece slightly to the tail end of the vehicle. The added weight had two purposes; to push the Armageddon down the ramp faster than our various versions. The second purpose was to make the car more stable. The long 7’’ connectors were slightly bendable so we tried to fix the steering issue that was caused by that by making the centerpiece. It didn’t work though, and the problem was not fully taken care of. Nathan and I don’t think it is a problem though.

Theories

Song

Armageddon! Let’s go! Armageddon!

Get up soldier!

The Armageddon’s coming!

BETTER WATCH OUT!!!

This is why we didn’t put green in the rainbow!

A-Armageddon! A-Armageddon!

BETTER WHATCH OUT!!!

Or you might get crushed!

(Don’t do this at home kids)

*fall back* trip fall weeeeeee!!!

A-Armageddon!

 

Status:

Best distance: 31' 10"

Competition status: Bronze medal winner

 

 

Marvelous Monkey Mobile

Designers:

Daniel and Liana

From the makers:

At first we never got even close to hitting the back wall. Our tests were failures, getting under 10 feet every time. Over time we made wondrous, major changes and worked our butts off in the process. Eventually our score got higher until we hit about 18 feet. About that time, we added one wheel in the front, two markers in the middle for sturdiness, and symmetry to our design. Due to that major change, we hit the back wall, 24 ft. 10 inches.

Theories:

-Symmetry in the design

-Weight in the back

- Minimal number of wheels in the front

-Straight connectors, bendy ones don’t work

-Sturdy middle is best

- Balanced wait will do you good

Cheer:

Marvelous Monkey Mobile! We’re the best!

Marvelous Monkey Mobile! Better than the rest!

Marvelous Monkey Mobile! We will win!

All those other cars will end up in the trash bin!

Marvelous Monkey Mobile! We’re the best!

 

Status:

Best distance: 27' 10"

Competition status: Fourth place

 

 

Polka Dotted Monkey

Designers:

Amy and Blake

From the makers:

We started with a simple vehicle: two wheels and axles both with large wheels connected by three red connectors divided pretty much evenly between the axles. But Blake wanted style so he made a crazy complicated alien like vehicle. We tested it and it only went 5 ft. So back to vehicle one. This time we squashed the three red connectors in the middle together. It went 9 ft. making a sharp left turn hitting a bucket. After we figured out what the problem was: the connectors holding the wheels in place were causing friction. We fixed that then tried launching the vehicle “upside-down” and it hit the wall. We think our vehicle is reliable and is going to WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OUR THEORIES

Status:

Best distance: 37' 2" (World Record)

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

The Beetle Mobile

Designers:

Roberto and John

From the makers:

Our first test we went about 18 feet. We wanted it to go further so we made the frame of the vehicle sturdier but that didn’t work. After that we had a steering issue and the car only went 10 feet. We fixed the issue by adding smaller pieces to the wheels so the wheels don’t slide and make less friction. Once we fixed the steering issue we went 22 feet. We added a piece in the front that looked strangely like a beetle and so we called it the Beetle mobile and that is the legacy of the Beetle mobile.

Theories:

I think The Beetle mobile is the best because we have no steering issues. We also have no friction and it is reliable. We are going to win because we're the best of the best!

 

Status:

Best distance: 30' 1"

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

The Chipotle Firecracker

Designers:

Joey and Dori

From the makers:

The Chipotle Firecracker started as a square vehicle, and was great… until the friction started. We went from 24’10 to 4’1 then we made some major changes such as changing the amount, size, and placement of the wheels. We started to improve. Eventually our official distance was back to 24’10.

Theories:

We are going to win because we are the overdog and in the real world the overdog always wins! Go Chipotle Firecracker! Yah! Yah! Yah!

            

Status:

Best distance: 30' 4" (Best distance achieved by any vehicle in the competition!)

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

Burrito Bosley

Designers:

Jacqueline and Tyler

From the makers:

Our first vehicle unfortunately fell while we were waiting in line. The second car got to the wall but was not consistent. First it went 24’10, and then it went 15’4, 18’, and finally went 17’. Our current car is constantly making the 24’10 mark! Our car has two big wheels in the back and two medium wheels in the front. We’re very confident that the Burrito Bosley is going to win.

Predictions:

Cheer:

We’re the best. You can put us to the test, but we’re the best. So in the end we’re going to win so you should just throw yours out in the tin recycling bin. We’re going to win because the first time it hit the wall ,it easily could have gone ten feet further.

Status:

Best distance: 27'

Competition status: Quarter finalist

 

 

The Midnight Killer

Designers:

Pauldjina and Joe

From the makers:

The story so far is very interesting. First we made a vehicle that didn’t touch the wall but then I took the car into my own hands and it touched the wall. It had a major steering issue. The Midnight Killer went from bad to good. We tried making it longer so we would get longer distances, but it slowed it down and we got a short distance.

I think what you need for a good car is that you need symmetry, small wheels in the front, and more weight in the back.

Midnight Killer is the best, Midnight Killers better than the rest, gooooo Midnight Killer.

Status:

Best distance: 17' 4"

Competition status: First round

 

 

Flicker

Designers:

Core and Sophie

From the makers:

It was a struggle at first because it bumped into foots, desks, and chairs a lot. We figured out that the problem was the bendy things that make it we already had a plan and how it was gone look like. We started out testing it again and it started out pretty good.

Status:

Best distance: 23'

Competition status: First round

 

 

Meteor

Designers:

Brenna and Peter

From the makers:

Our first vehicle went about 12 feet. Our second vehicle went 18 feet. We changed our vehicle about 5 times. Four of them were pretty rough, ranging between 5-24 feet. Our last vehicle, V2 hit the wall!

Status: official distance 22.3 !!!!!!!!!!!!wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Theories

We think that big wheels work best in the back.

We think that the vehicle you make needs to be simple because if it’s too complicated, it won’t go as fast or as smooth. It needs to be balanced because if it goes to one side it will slow it down. If it is too light it will go too slow, but if it is too heavy it will also slow it down. If the vehicle isn’t symmetrical, if will tip over. And you don’t want that to happen.

Our vehicle is going to win because it is rough and tough.

Meteor, Meteor lets win!!

 

Status:

Best distance: 26' 4"

Competition status: First round

 

 

Best Distances Awards:

Polka Dotted Monkey

Best distance: 37' 2"

 

Flaming Joker

Best distance: 35' 1"

 

Super Monkeys

Best distance: 34' 4"