Monday, July 11, 2011

daily blog post for YMCA Lego camp

This is the first post of my day at Lego Challenge camp at the YMCA. I will be posting daily until the end of the week on my Lego camp.

July 11, 2011:

Today we worked on the objective of moving a small-sized practice baseball from the floor to the section on the whiteboard where the markers, erasers, magnets, etc. were kept.

The leader had built his own elevator 'stick' and elevator. He showed us how to build the elevator stick.

Then, when we were done making it, we started making an elevator car (kind of...) The car was slightly jiggly and almost broke our elevator stick. I had made a remote holder, but it was kind of hard to access, so we took off the roof (the elevator car had broken it.)

Now was the task of carrying the ball and dumping it at will, so we got several unsuccessful ideas (cup bricks, Lego boats, etc.)

Finally, we made a cup of multiple bricks (not the same as the other brick cup,) and we built it around the ball.

Now the first task was done, now for the second task: getting the ball to the marker holder.

That's when I came up with the idea of making a mechanical claw. When it was time to show, the claw's motor wasn't on properly, so I modified it to be hand-operated.

When it was showing time, there were a lot of "Oohs" and "Ahs" regarding our elevator.

Overall it was a nice day. I'll post the next day's event later tomorrow.

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