Week 4 – Do the Vehicles Move?

We are so pleased that our Engineer Level 1 entries move forwards and backwards. This wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t have made the switches.

With a ruler, we carefully measured 25cm from one end of an MDF wheel to the other. Once we had made a mark, we added a metal drawing pin to either side. We carefully used a hand drill to make a hole for the wire connection to fit through.Mr Dougill helped us to attach the battery with a glue gun, before wrapping the wires around the metal pins.

With the second MDF wheel, we made sure the wires were connected to the motor. When we joined the wheels, we made sure the metal pins were on the inside. The, there we had it – a switch!

 

We tested the switch and our vehicles moved. We practiced moving the vehicles backwards and forwards and are very excited to test them properly!

Week 3 – The Gearing System and the Wheels

Our Engineer Level 1 entries are really coming together. Both the Bluebirds and the Mini Beans have attached the wheels and gearing system to their vehicles.

Firstly, we measured the dowel accurately and we made an axle. We attached this to the chassis, before carefully attaching the the wooden wheels. We made the gearing systems for both of the vehicles by using a hand drill. Once we had made the hole for the drive wheels, we attached an electric motor. The motor is joined to the drive wheel with elastic bands. We had to make sure that they were joined, ‘small to big’.

 

Next week we are making the shells for our vehicle… Watch this space!

Young Farmers – Apprentice Level Update

The children who are competing at Apprentice Level have been working really hard to complete their designs and build their chassis. It has it’s own axles and wheels too!

We are very lucky here at Norbridge Academy, to have a varied, rich and broad curriculum. This means that Design Technology is part of our ongoing curriculum. As the children are already prepared with skills that are needed for this entry level, they were able to make their vehicle confidently.

Once the children had saw Miss Greave’s tractor, they were inspired to make their own for the competition. They even had the opportunity to sit inside and imagine what it would be like to be a real farmer.

The children had to complete some final paper drawings before they could measure the wood with rulers. To gauge the size of the vehicle, they spaced the wheels flat against the table. Mr Dougill carefully watched them use a handsaw so that they could accurately cut all of the pieces of wood needed for their vehicle. The children then repeated these careful steps for the axles. They had to make sure that the tractor was free-running too.

With Mr Dougill’s help, the vehicle was put together with a hot glue gun. They carefully attached pegs to the chassis, in order for the axles to fit. The children found this a little bit tricky, but they used a ruler for accuracy.

Soon, the children will be testing the vehicle to make sure that it runs in a straight line. Watch this space….

Week 2 – Building the Chassis for the Vehicles

We finally have the chassis’ for both Engineer Level 2 entries!

We all followed a similar process to make sure that they would be ready for the competition. We had to measure the length of both vehicles, so we put the wooden wheels flat against the table and choose a distance that would be suited to they types of vehicles we were making. We carefully used a handsaw to cut pieces of wood that we would need for the frame. We also cut the dowel wood for the axles and drive wheels.

To make the vehicle secure, we had to use a hot glue gun. We asked for Mr Dougill’s help for this bit so that it was safe!

 

Week 1 – Researching the Vehicles

We have spent some time thinking about the designs for the vehicles and the types of vehicles that we would like to enter into the Regional Finals. Have a read below to find out more about our entries:

Apprentice Level 1:

This year we are making a tractor. We have chosen to make a tractor because Miss Greaves, a teacher from our school, lives on her farm and her tractor visited our school. We will need to make sure the vehicle will be able to run in a straight line when we push it down a ramp.

Engineer Level 1:

This year we are making two completely different types of vehicles. A few of us really like Mr. Bean, so we have designed him a new Mini car to drive around in. Our other car is based on the Bluebird-Proteus, the fastest land speed record car. Both of these vehicles will have an electric motor and will need to be able to climb a ramp in a straight line. We are very excited to see the vehicles come together.

Primary Engineer Regional Final 2017!

We are taking part in the Primary Engineer Regional Finals, which will be taking place in Derby on 29th July 2017. We have entered into both the Apprentice Level 1 and Engineer Level 1 competitions. We are very excited and are working really hard on our entries for this year’s event. Watch this space…

Week 4 – Making the Vehicles Move!

After working hard to make a switch for the vehicles, both the Mystery Machine and the VW camper van move forwards and backwards! Here’s how we made the switch:

We had to carefully use a ruler to measure 25cm from one end of an MDF wheel to the other, carefully adding a metal drawing pin to either side. We then used a hand drill to make a hole for the wire connection to fit through. We used a glue gun (with the help of Mr Dougill) to attach the battery pack to the wooden wheel and wrapped the wires around the metal pins.

We repeated this process with a second wheel, but this time the wire connected to the motor. We joined the two MDF wheels together (metal pins on the inside) with a piece of dowel. There we had it – a switch!

We tested the switch and our vehicles moved. We practiced moving the vehicles backwards and forwards and are very excited to test them properly!

Supporting the Wheel for the Hand Drill

Supporting the Wheel for the Hand Drill

Adding Metal Pins to the Switch

Adding Metal Pins to the Switch

Pushing the Wire through the Wheel

Pushing the Wire through the Wheel

Watch the vidoe of us testing the switch at http://www.norbridge.org/y5-acer-class/

Week 3 – The Wheels and the Gearing System

Things are moving quickly with our Engineer Level 1 entry. We have attached the wheels and gearing systems on both the VW camper van and the Mystery Machine!

Firstly, we measured the dowel accurately with a ruler to make the axle. We then attached this to the chassis, before carefully attaching the wooden wheels.

To make the gearing system for both of the vehicles, we had to use a hand-drill to form the holes for the drive wheel. The drive wheel goes from the electric motor, to the center of the vehicle. We then use elastic bands to join the motor to the drive wheel: small to big.

Soon, we will have made the body to our vehicles! Watch this space..!IMG_0625 IMG_0629

Watch the video of us using attaching the wheels and using a hand drill at http://www.norbridge.org/y5-acer-class/

Apprentice Level – Update!

The children who are entering the Primary Engineer competition at Apprentice Level have been working really hard with their designs and we now have a chassis, complete with axles and wheels!

Design Technology is an ongoing part of the curriculum at Norbridge Academy, so the children are already prepared with skills that are needed for this entry level.

Firstly, the children thought of a theme for their vehicle. Here at Norbridge, we are very lucky to have our own double-decker bus, which is currently being transformed into a KS1 library, a blogging space and a classroom. This has influenced the children to design and make their own bus.

After the children completed their final drawings of their design, they measured the wood with rulers and spaced the wheels flat against the table. This gave them the size of their vehicle. Using handsaws, the children accurately cut all of the pieces needed. This was repeated for the axles and the pen tubes needed for the wheels to become free-running.

Next, the children used a hot glue gun (with the help of Mr Dougill) to bring the vehicle together. They attached the pegs carefully to the chassis, in order for the axles to fit. This was very tricky, but the children used a ruler for accuracy.

The next part of our entry process is the testing, as well as the decorating! Watch this space..! 

Attaching the Wheel to the Axle

Attaching the Wheel to the Axle

Attaching the Wheel to the Axle 2

Attaching the Wheel to the Axle 2

Completed Wheels

Completed Wheels Completed Wheels

Measuring the Chassis 2

Measuring the Chassis

Measuring the Chassis 2

Measuring the Chassis 2

Plastic Axles for the Wheels

Plastic Axles for the Wheels

Putting the Chassis Together 2

Putting the Chassis Together 

Putting the Chassis Together

Putting the Chassis Together 2

Using the Handsaw

Using the Handsaw

Using the Handsaw 2

Using the Handsaw 2

Week 2 – Building the Chassis and Body of the Vehicle

We have made the chassis and the body of both VW camper vans!

To measure the length of both of the vehicles, we put the wooden wheels flat against the table and chose a suitable distance for the size of the vehicles. We then used a handsaw to prepare the wood for the frame and the chassis. We also used a handsaw to saw the dowel wood for the axles and drive wheels.

We then had help from Mr Dougill to help us glue all of the pieces together. We used a hot glue gun for this to make the vehicles secure.

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Watch the video of us using a handsaw at http://www.norbridge.org/y5-acer-class