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 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/