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!

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 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/

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