Gears and Gravity: Finished Clocks (Day 13)

All eight clocks on display for the final day of camp.

All eight clocks on display for the final day of camp.

Wow, took me long enough to post this. The last day of DEEP camp on June 28 and I learned so much from my students that I’ve been completely absorbed in revising the clock design that I haven’t taken time to post the photos of my student’s truly excellent work. Can’t wait for next year.

The video below shows six cardboard clocks running (mostly) all at once. What a lovely sound.

The recent purchases of a large shoe order and a new vacuum turned out to be quite helpful to the class.

The recent purchases of a large shoe order and a new vacuum turned out to be quite helpful to the class.

Parents and students watch the closing ceremony and show while the clocks wait to be taken home.

Parents and students watch the closing ceremony and show while the clocks wait to be taken home.

The escape wheel reads: "Genius is eternal patience." – Michelangelo

The escape wheel reads: “Genius is eternal patience.” – Michelangelo

The escape wheel read: "Play is the highest form of research." – Albert Einstein

The escape wheel read: “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

7 responses to “Gears and Gravity: Finished Clocks (Day 13)

  1. Wow!!!
    That is just excellent, you should be very proud. I love the paper rolled tubes for arbors.
    Not sure if it would be wildly un-safe, but in the future, super glue could replace hot glue, especially the way you’re using it, assemble parts use a drop of glue, it would dry really fast as the cardboard absorbs it.

  2. Thanks Paul!

    I love the idea of the tubes as well but I still need to work on implementation. The was about a 50% failure rate. Sometimes they were out of round, or not rolled tight enough, or they stuck to the rolling pin, etc, etc. The kids seemed to enjoy doing it but it was a big time drain on a very time limited class. I have since ordered some paper tube samples from company that specializes in it. They are very nice but I’m torn — I still really like the idea of these young makers doing themselves.

    Speaking of unsafe the glue for the tubes had to have a little rubbing alcohol in it to prevent wrinkling and the kids really didn’t like that. As far as the hot glue: It’s a was a good adhesive for us. When you’re putting things together for the first time, “really fast” is not always a good thing….

  3. You are my hero! I wish the students in the engineering courses I help with had done things like this before deciding that they want to be engineers.

  4. OK, now that I’ve seen the video I am blown away! Very, very clever! That’s Praise, baby!
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  5. Best design I’ve seen for this clock. Where can I purchase a pattern. I would like to use this in my classroom when we study engineering.

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