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Bumble bees – TR Section
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The bumble bees – TR Section


Our team is building two different car prototypes. We will be racing them to see which car goes faster. The two cars are going to have two different propellers, but is going to be made out of the same materials.

  • Wood
  • Foam
  • Glue
  • Motor
  • Propellers
  • Battery

The function of our product is to see which type of propeller can make a car go faster

The five things are product should do are:

  1. To move the car
  2. move the wheels
  3. The propellers should make the cars go faster
  4. To be aerodynamic
  5. to go straight

Our budget is like 10 dollars, we really dont have to buy that much except paint.

The project does not really have a specific weight or size, it just needs to be small/big enough for the propeller to not hit the floor and so it will push the car. The battery doesn’t have enough juice for our cars, so we have to get a different type of battery. The cars are pretty safe, just dont touch the propellers. Our cars need to be kind of reliable, they just need to drive.

Our team members are: Samantha Dockery, Sienna Jones, Chase Pote, and Imo Udoudo



Jousting Cars – [MW]

Our project idea was DJ’s idea, pretty much. We decided to run with the idea of making two vehicles joust each other. Initially, we had no clue how we were going to build it. The group threw around possibilities of using fans for propulsion, wheels (like a car), or even have then glide. After doing some research and asking around, we determined that the best method would be to use wheels. The process was daunting and we had so many problems getting the vehicle to work and getting it to look like a car. It was very challenging, but after some quick modifications to one of the cars, we ended up obtaining better results than expected.

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Team Members:

Jake Starkey – Video/audio/pics

DJ Pabst – Lead Designer/Project Idea/Tester

Reid Owens – Assistant Designer/Wiring

Aymen Alsaeed – Assistant Designer/Tester



  •  RPM for 9V motor (without attachment): 4000 rpm
  • Speed of car: < RC car
  • Size: Roughly 8” x 6”
  • Weight: No more than 5 lbs
  • 4 Wheels on each car
  • 2 Spears for jousting
  • 2 Shields


  • 2 9V ME motors
  • 4 9V batteries
  • 2 Small blocks of wood
  • 4 wheel axles
  • 8 Plastic Wheels
  • 2 Small wooden spears (for jousting)
  • 2 plastics targets attached to the side of the car


  1. Find wheels to put on the car.
  2. Make an axel using shishkabob sticks and straws.
  3. Feed the stick through the straw after gluing the straw down to the wood.
  4. Attach wheels to stick.
  5. Add two motors at the rear of the car and glue them down.
  6. Put dowels on the motors, cut grooves into them, add rubber band to the axel and dowel.
  7. Repeat 2-4 for front.
  8. Attach batteries and connect wires to switch, then connect that to the motor.



The Tranquility Troopers – MW

Our project idea was formulated with the intention of corresponding with the first mini project we did in class using fans/turbines. Aaron was reflecting upon these wind spinners he had seen in Hawaii; supposedly they did a great job of distracting. We decided to make two fans powered by the motors of course, and have them power a wind spinner so one wouldn’t have to rely on an outdoors environment to keep it going. The wind spinner would be free standing and would be propped up with a structural material. We liked the idea because by no means would it be too simple to make, but at the same time it would be a challenge regardless.

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Aisha Baig -Project Manager
Aaron Livengood -Team Leader
Grant Bechtel -Materials/Assembly
Tyler Huneycutt -Reporter/Assembly
Size- Original: Approximately 24″ x 24″  Updated: 12″ x 20″
Weight- Original: Roughly 10-15 pounds Updated: 12 pounds
Reliability- Original: Product should turn on every time the switch is turned to on position. Updated: After some soldering, it did just that
Durability- Original: Battery life, 2 9V per motor. Updated: Check!
Safety- Original: Concern with moving parts and fan “blades,” Updated: Guards could have been created, (child safety, etc.)

1. Look for a wind spinner; it took a while but we found ours at Menard’s.
2. We browsed online and looked at options on how to make a good and stable fan blade.
3. We modified to fit our own standards by adding tongue depressors to make the blades have a more rigid exterior.
4. We devised a support structure out of (x) materials to suspend the spinner.
5. We decided to add an additional 9V battery to the motor’s power source to boost wind output.
6. We built one blade with enough power to spin the spinner so that two would just be a greater bonus. The batteries did the job for sure.
7. We mounted blades to the motor to make our fan.
8. We made stands to support the mount and angle our fans (blades++motor) at the spinner. Screws, (drilling etc.)
9. We had to do some soldering, we got a bit of clarification from Tom.

Domination Station – TR



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Our design is a motorized skateboard that flips and switches directions after going over a ramp. When the front wheels go over the back wheels, it drives in the same direction. When the left wheels go over the right wheels, it drives in the opposite direction.

Team Members:

  •  Captain: Andrew Blick-”Let’s build a car”
  • Project Manager: Jenny Pinkston
  • Reporter (and Song Writer for the film): Kori DaCosta
  • Video Man: Connor Park


Give updated specifications of your fun somethings. Probably

  • The car body made of redwood for a lighter material which increases the speed

  • Cd and Styrofoam wheels: to allow for smooth flipping
  • CD wheels for less friction
  • About a 50 degrees ramp


1. Four CDs

2. Two12.7 diameter Styrofoam balls

3.  Two motors

4.  Wire

5.  Two batteries

6.  Blue andgreen tape for style(optional, but it shouldn’t be)

7.  Two wooden rods

8. Rubber-bands

9. CardboardRamp

10. Plastic Ramp

11. Screws and Nails


13. Tape

14. Elmer’s Glue

15. Velcro

16. Hook Screws

17. Graphite (optional for speed)



  1. Cut a wooden board
  2. Screw the hook screws into the wood in order to hold the axles
  3. Put the axle rods into the hook screws
  4. cut the Styrofoam balls in half and hollow them out 
  5. glue the halves onto the wheels
  6. Put the wheels onto the axles
  7. Velcro the motors and the batteries onto the wood
  8. wire the batteries and motors to the switch
  9. connect the motors to the axles using the rubber-bands (make sure both motors are spinning in the same direction) 
  10. build a ramp high enough to flip the car
  11. Decorate to make it pretty

Technical Information:

  • Inserted a switch to complete the circuit
The Spider Pigs – MW Section

YouTube Preview ImageIntro: Our team came up with the idea of making a tank that can travel over an obstacle course we built. The tank has a switch used to power it fowards or backwards. Powering the motors attached to the tracks of the tank cause the tracks to spin, and move tank.

Team Members:
Kyle Shook
Levi Grove
Alex P.

The tank’s main goal was to be able to move, and move well enough to make it through tough terrain.
We used a simple wooden block for the base of the tank.
Instead of just having the tank just be able to plow foward we installed two switches that gave us the ability to control the tank to go fowards or reverse.
When we finished building the tank we had to make some modifications by tightening the tracks, because it would drive off to one side.

Directions on Building:
Buy a Tank Track Kit.
Attach a piece of wood 6 by 3 inches approx.
Mount the motors with glue.
Mount the axels.
Construct the track.
Mount the wheels.
Construct the control box (2 switches) one for each side. For foward and reverse.

Extra Technicalities:
We had to solder some wires together for maximum efficiency. (wires to motors)

Team HAT – TR Section


Our team decided to create a two-step Rube Goldberg contraption. We have a three-wheeled car that drives forward with a motor attached directly into the dowel of the axle. On the back of the car we have attached a string that runs to a switch on another board, attached to our second component. This component has a motor on it that is powered by two batteries to get the most power when it spins. In the motor we have a dowel with three wires to restrict the propeller from taking off before it has enough velocity. Once the car drives far enough away, and the string becomes tight, it flips the switch, starting the second motor, and launches the propeller up in the air.

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Team Members:

  • Captain: Hussam Mohammed
  • Project Manager: Tim Eichler
  • Reporter: Austin Haase


Give updated specifications of your fun somethings. Probably

  • Instead of having a two-wheeled car we have three wheels for more stability
  • We use 2 batteries to power the second motor to get the propeller enough lift to take off
  • Created a box that can be opened so we can replace batteries in the future


  1. Drill holes in dowels and put motors into hole
  2.  Put dowels in CD holes
  3. Connect two CD’s by a wooden skew and place through a straw to create a stable axle. Hot glue the edges of straw to create barrings
  4. Glue motor with CD to front of wooden block.
  5. Glue battery to block and connect wires of CD motor to the battery
  6. Drill Propeller Motor onto another block
  7. Drill dowel onto the Propeller motor and drill three wires into dowel for propeller to sit on
  8. Attach string that is on the “car” block to a switch on Propeller block. 
  9. Solder wires together to maintain secure bond/connection
  10. Create box with cardboard for easy removal in order for easy access to batteries underneath.

Technical Information:

  • Only real technical thing required is that the wires are soldered together to maintain secure bond and connection. 
  • Lots of Hot Glue is required
Team Hypno Tank MW

     Our something was originally going to be a tank that moved forward and shot erasers.  It would have used one motor to power the wheels and one motor to power a piston that would have an eraser out of a tube.  Unfortunately we couldn’t get the piston to work without throwing the tube off of the tank.  Instead we switched the cannon for a hypno-wheel that we mounted on top of the tank.  The wheel works a little too well in that it shakes the entire tank whenever it is used.  On the plus side this give the tank a slow way to turn and go backwards.

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Team Members:

  • - Alex Mankins
  • - Casey Nightengale
  • - Waleed Alobaidi
  • - Colby Camp


  • 6 straws
  • 2 9volt batteries 
  • 5 6×9 in pieces of foam/cardboard
  • 2 motors
  • lots of tape and glue
  • something to cut with
  • lots of wire
  • 1 wheel that works with the motor
  • 2 wheels that can be glued to the tank
  • 2 switches
  • markers
  • paper plate



  • be under 10 x 10 x 10 inches
  • roll 20 inches in under 20 seconds
  • survive a 2 foot fall
  • not shake itself apart


  1. take four pieces of foam/cardboard
  2. use glue and tape to arrange them in a rectangle
  3. put the six straws inside to support the top of the tank
  4. add more glue and tape to the frame of the tank
  5. attach wheels to the bottom of the tank with glue
  6. use the fifth piece of foam/ cardboard to make a tower for the hypno-wheel
  7. attach battery and motor to tower
  8. draw spiral on paper plate
  9. attach hypno-wheel to motor
  10. attach tower to tank body
  11. hook wires up to batteries, switches, and motors
  12. accidentally drop tank
  13. add more glue and tape to the frame of the tank
  14. let wheel battery loosely hang inside the body of the tank
  15. realize that was a bad idea and duct tape it to the side
The Dumpers – [ TR Section]


Our group wanted to make a dump truck that drove forward, backward, and had a moving bed. We ran into some problems trying to get the bed to lift. We found that if items were too heavy it would not work. We also found that if the item was too light it would not work. After a few modifications we were finally able to produce a working product.


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Team Members

Brandon Witten – Captain / Builder / Specs

Evan Wessel – Builder / Tester

Mustafa Albagshi – Videographer

Matt Gillan – Reporter



- 4 Rims 1″ Chrome American Racing Pro’s

- 2 Front Tires 1 1/2 “

- 2 Duley Tires 1 1/2″

- Gorilla Glue

- Nylon String

-Electrical Tape

- Build your own semi kit from Walmart

- 1/2 Gallon cardboard milk carton

- 2 DC Motors

- 2 AA Batteries

- 1 9V Battery

- 1 3″x 6″ poster board

- 2 single pole single phase swithfes

- 1 single pole on/off switch

- 3ft green electrical wiring

- 3ft red electrical wiring

- 1 solder gun

- 2 washers

- 1 AA Battery pack

- 1 9v Battery to wire harness


Switch for forward and reverse. Be able to drive forward and back up Switch to dump bed

1. Listen to John’s lecture on what is expected

2. Get partial materials from class, such as, 2 dc motors, 2 aa batteries, 1 9v battery, 1 string…etc

3. Go to Walmart and get gorilla glue, a build your own semi kit, all thread, electrical tape, nuts, washers, and paint.

 4. Take semi kit out of box.

5. Assemble the two front tires, and two of the back duley tires.

6. Put a piece of all thread through the front of the truck, and screw the front tires onto it.

7. On the back tire cut out the driver’s side of the wheel axle, to allow room for your motor.

8. Tape the motor to the frame, with rotating side outwards.

9. Put tape on the shaft of the motor and get it snugly fit into the wheel.

10. Put the sleeper inside of the cab.

11. Put cab onto the chasis.

12. Add all accessories to the truck (Smoke stacks, horns, motor, radiator, air filter, and steps.)

13. Tape the second engine onto the top of the sleeper.

14. Put tape circles to act as a spool on each end of the motor shaft.

15. Cut the milk carton to right size and then cut the top off of it.

16. Cut a small hole in bed and run string up through it.

17. Tie a washer on the end of the string that is inside the bed.

18. Put bed on truck, with string laying over the cab.

19. Tape back end of truck to chasis so it is solid.

20. Tape string to motor onn top of truck to act as a drum.

21. Put 3ft extensions on all wires.

22. Cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of poster board.

23. Poke 2 holes in it with a pencil.

24. Put both single pole single phase switches in these holes.

25. Solder the connections to the motor and battery pack.

26. Test to make sure it works.

27. Glue battery to switchboard (on backside).

28. Make hole appropriate size for the on/off switch.

29. Solder connections, test it.

30. Glue battery packs for on/off switch to backside of switch board.

31. Paint truck to color of your desire.

32. Get to dumping! 


Team Awsome – MW

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This project is a combination of two separate ideas and building teams. Our group had difficulty deciding on what should be done for our project and after much debate we settled on having our 4-man team split into 2-man subteams with each subteam responsible for constructing one portion of the device.

  • The first component, known as the gemini wheel, is a device designed to move marbles from the upper wheel to the lower wheel and then drop them off at a given point.
  • The second component, known as the accelerator track, is a mostly foam track with two specially designed accelerators whose purpose is to launch marbles from one side of the track to the other and continue in a cyclical manner.
  • Both the gemini wheel and the accelerator track were combined together to form the Hot Marbles device. The gemini wheel will deposite the marbles into the accelerator track where the two marble accelerators will cause them to continually loop around the course.

Team Members:

  • Tanner Black: Design Engineer
  • Paul Stoddard: Critical Analysis
  • Dalton Ediger: Mechanical Engineer
  • Joe Davis: Project Engineer


Gemini Wheel

  • one foot long
  • three and one half inches wide
  • 19 inches tall at highest point
  • 4-5 lbs

Accelerator track

  • two and one half feet
  • one foot wide
  • 4 inches tall
  • 5 lbs


  • Foam board
  • CD’s
  • Dowel rods
  • Motors
  • Batteries
  • Plaster
  • Wire
  • Switches
  • Popsical sticks
  • Hot glue
  • PVC pipe
  • Wood blocks 



Gemini Wheel 

  1. Start with a wooden block base about 1 foot in lenght.
  2. construct two spoked wheels using two CDs and 8 half popsicle sticks
  3. glue the popsicle sticks to one of the CDs while keeping them spaced as easily as possible. Glue the other CD on top
  4. Sand down two 1-inch pieces of dowel rod until they fit snugly and tightly through the core of the CD wheel.
  5. Drill a small hole in the ends of both of the dowel rods.
  6. place an inactive motor in each of these holes.
  7. cut 3 more pieces of dowel rod 8 inches, 5.5 inches and 3.5 inches tall.
  8. build an angular trough about 6-7 inches long out of popsicle sticks.
  9. attach the motors and wheels together and glue them to the 8inch and 3 inch rods.
  10. glue the trough at a 30 degree angle on the 5 inch rod.
  11. Attach the tall and short rods at opposite ends(don’t glue yet) of the wooden platform.
  12. glue the trough rod the the center of the board so that the ends of the trough are at the bottom of the tall wheel and the top of the bottom wheel.
  13. glue other rods on when they seem fitted
  14. aquire 2 seperate motors and fit them with a casing of steel whire.
  15. attach them to the base of the rods so that the tips of the motors touch the edges of the disks
  16. take two six by three inch wooden blocks at attach them to the underside of the base at opposite ends.
  17. create a shoot out of PVC and attach it to the track at an angle to the motors.(once the track is built)

Accelerator track

1. Design track shape on a large board.

2. Cut out many foam triangles from foam board.

3. Lay triangles around the curves on the board. Trim as nesscessary to create correct curvature.

4. Fix foam together for a stadium like curve gluing both ends flat on the board. Repeat on the other side.

5. Take the plaster you bought and smooth it over the curve taking out bumps and making ramps on to the curve.   

 6. Let the plaster dry. Cover with second coat and smooth it flat with a popcical stick. Let dry.

7. Cut one inch high strips out of foam and glue them around the outside and inside so it keeps the marble in a loop.


8. Measure distance needed between motors and fasten them to the correct number of popsical sticks.

9. Connect four batteries to the ends so that they hold up the assembly. Make two.

10. Wire the batteries together and then into the switch for both assemblys.

11. Cut out small circles (4) and glue 2 on each motor. Cover with tape and repeat for other side.

12. Glue to the board on the lengths of the oval.


The Avengers – MW Section
The Avengers Team Members
  • Caitlian Atterberry – Head Designer
  • Harrison Luginbill-Ruder – Programmer, Captain, 
  • Ernesto Cisneros – Project Manager
  • Brent Wilson – Lead Builder
The Idea
Our idea was to have some sort of dancer built out of wire that would be dancing on a multi level stage system. We planned to have the different stage sections spinning in unison with the dancer. The stage was also going to have multiple L.E.Ds to enhance the entertainment factor. For the spinning we will be using 2 9v electric motors. 
Smallest Stage has a radius of 3 and 5/8 inch
Medium Stage has a radius of 4 and 1/5 inch 
Lage Stage has a radius of 5 and 9/16 inch 
The total hight of the stages and the dancer is about a foot and a half
The stages will be painted pink and will have a stage skirt that is made out of duct tape to hide all of the electronic components.
 To manage the L.E.Ds we will be using an Arduino to create different patterns and looks. 
This project require 5 9v batteries 
  1. Cut the three circle out with the given measurements that are in the above specs
  2. Then cut four blocks of wood and glue them into a equal positions around the largest circle
  3. Then cut four dowel rods and use these to separate the medium and small size circles
  4. Then find the center of all three circles and mount the motors into the top and middle circles
  5. Create bread board that will supply power to the motors, LEDs, and Arduino
  6. Cut three square blocks and glue them together and then glue the stack to the center of the largest circle, drill hole in stack to accept the driveshaft of the motor on the middle circle.
  7. Use metal wire and bend a dancer figurine into shape
  8. Cut one more dowel rod to connect the figurine and the top motor together
  9. To mount the LEDs drill small holes of the top circle, big enough to flush mount the LEDs and hot clue them into position
  10. Programm the Arduino with the desired light pattern and movement pattern
  11. Decorate the project to your hearts content  
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