Tuesday, December 8, 2015

6th Grade Project

A few months ago, Aleena was assigned a science project.  She chose to make a Rube Goldberg machine, one in which  turning on a fan set off a chain of events that would result in the ringing of a bell.

She has been working on it gradually.  They had to turn in designs earlier in the semester.  Last weekend she went through the items that she needed in order to complete the machine.  When she started working on it this evening, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was not due until next week, and here she was showing some real initiative.

Well, not exactly.  I was helping her for a while and asked when it was due.  "Tomorrow" she replied. I was very much less than pleased.  I helped her work on it for a few hours until we finally completed it.  Fortunately, it worked after a few minor adjustments.  

At 11:12 p.m., 2 hours past her bedtime, she is waiting for the video to upload to her Google drive for turn in.  She wanted to edit using iMovie, but it wouldn't open because it was incompatible with the installed version of the OS.  So we had to wait 15 or 20 minutes while upgrading the OS and iMovie. Priceless. 

She takes it to school tomorrow, but it is okay if it doesn't work at the school because she filmed it working here.  

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