Monday, October 8, 2012

Alex's Classmates' Roller Coasters



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I took Alex's roller coaster to his school today.

There were many roller coasters of all types and shapes.

Some had not paid close enough attention to the requirements...
they were missing the minimum requisite number of degrees of turns...
or some had used disallowed materials.

For the most part...
many were very imaginative...
and quite a few were tremendously constructed and designed.

This was quite a project for 7th graders.

All seemed to have had fun with it.


This was Alex's project...
simple in design and construction.


These were some of the many coasters.


This project fulfilled the requirements and was done quite well.
I especially liked the boldness of the ramp just before a corner with a capture wall.


This one had quite a leap for the marble in its design.


I was impressed with the almost continuous curves in this design.


This was an efficient design.


A lot of curves in a small space.


Although I applaud this child's design and construction of the frame...
the scaffolding was made of bamboo...
and so, she had deviated from the mandated materials list.
It was, however, a very efficient and elegant design.


For the overall design, appearance, and number of curves...
I would have to say this roller coaster was the most impressive one.
He had met all of the requirements...
and he had done it with great style.

There were many more...
and I had wanted to take many more photos...
however, I had forgotten to recharge the camera battery after our 
weekend in CA.

Right after I took this shot...
the battery died.  :(


Now...remember...
the children had less than two weeks to design
and construct them...as well as run their calculations 
and type out their reports.

It was a very, very, impressive effort by all of the children.

We now have to get Alex's science project up and running...
and he has two more essays and another long term project to start.

There will be many more reports coming his way soon...
so he must complete the ones he has now before he gets backed up.
Who knows...there will probably be more shorter term projects in the works.

We just never know.
Alex must be prepared to be able to handle whatever comes his way
by always keeping ahead.

This, I would have to say...
is one of the most important lessons to learn...
to always work ahead so surprises will be pleasant...
instead of being potentially catastrophic.



2 comments:

  1. Very interesting to see what the other kids did on this assignment. Very impressive! I'm sure it is nice to know that your son goes to a school where his classmates are so dedicated and accomplished.

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  2. As all of his classmates are in the honors class...they are all serious students. They all treat Alex very well. With one in particular...he watches out for Alex. Ever since Alex started there...he has made sure Alex felt comfortable. He has guided Alex and regularly talks with him. Alex likes all of his classmates.

    I can tell that some of the students are going to become engineers.

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