Simple Machines "think, do, test" packet
Think: yesterday we made the pendulum, and tested it twice, and it failed because the actual pendulum would swing side to side, so today we are going to double up the middle part to give it stability to not swing side to side, and possibly add weight to the wheel if there is enough time. I would also like to adjust the force that I put when pushing on the pendulum
Yesterday, the modifications that we made were pretty successful. I would say that with the modifications our pendulum knocks down the blocks about 3/5 times. I would obviously like to improve it so that it works every time. I think that if we raised it up higher, that would give it more kinetic energy, and probably knock the blocks over every time.
What we did to make our pendulum accomplish an 80% success rate, is we modified our pendulum to stay still at the base more. We also put some ski type things on the bottom to improve stability even more. Another thing that we did was we double wheeled our knocker-over. We also made broader platforms. We could have gotten 100% but we got unlucky in my opinion
Yesterday we finished our pendulum with an 80% success rate by making modifications to make our pendulum heavier, and now we are moving onto the pulley system for the first time. Description for pulley system: we must create a pulley system/elevator that can life/transport 3 blocks 3 meters high, that needs to have a container or platform to hold the blocks, and also has to have a crank handle