Division: M (6-8)
School: Orlando Science Schools Team Size: 1

Bey Blade Launcher ET Machine

Bey Blade Launcher ET Machine
Neil, 6th Grade
Orlando Science Schools

It all starts when I pick my own Beyblade launcher and within a minute my machine and I have an awesome Beyblade battle. The BEST part, my machine friend “NEVER SAYS NO” to playing ! This machine is a complex system, including cool steps like, domino chains, car moving down a track, marble going down a funnel(Centripetal force), chain of beads falling off a cup(Mould effect), rolling cylinders, marble moving down a ramp along strategically placed blocks, levers, electrical energy from a battery(3V) powered train, and more. My machine has 18 energy transfer steps. If you really want to know my story, I have the videos, photos and all the details below. In my design I tried my best to GO GREEN by reusing and recycling.

The Amazing Videos Are Here !
Energy Transfer Steps Explained
Machine in Action !

A Special Thanks To….

  • My mom – helped with recording
  • My dad – helped understand scientific principles
  • My 5 year old sister – gave me wacky inspiration

Full Story Here !

My name is Neil, I’m in 6th grade and I made an energy transfer machine to play with me. That’s right I didn’t make a machine to give me food or do some other super important job, I just made a machine to play with me. While it’s already pretty weird making a machine to play with me, how am I going to make a machine play with me ? I thought of a lot of my favorite toys and after 1 week I landed on “BEYBLADES”. In case you have not heard of beyblades they are a type of top that is composed of multiple pieces and has a launcher. But I didn’t know how I was going to launch a beyblade, because you have to pull sideways on a cord to launch it and it took me a whole day to figure out how. In the end I decided that a weight would fall of a ledge and the string attached to the weight would get caught on a peg and then the string would pull sideways and pull the cord out of my launcher. I actually ended up doing this part first because I needed to make sure my final task would work. After that I started on the rest of my machine. I made it so when I would pick up my launcher the machine would start. One part of my machine that took longer than expected was an object rolling after being hit off of a block. At first I used a tape roll, but it was empty so it went off course because it was too light, so I put tracks to keep it straight but then it hit the tracks and didn’t make it to the other side. After a few hours of experimentation I found out that a tin can rolling down a HOTWHEELS track works best. After that I did the rest of my machine enjoying it all along. Two of my favorite steps in my machine is a vertical lever system with ramps and marbles and my other favorite step is a cup full of bead chain and once the bead chain starts falling out it doesn’t stop until all of it is gone and it looks AMAZING, but it has a sad part to it, the name for that is called the mold effect, wait oops I meant (The Mould Effect ) but it sounds just like the fungus and I personally was baffled why give something so cool such a terrible name.

In case you were wondering what BEYBLADES look like here are some pictures of them and my ET machine from different angles. I hope you will enjoy!!!

12 thoughts on “Bey Blade Launcher ET Machine

  • May 15, 2021 at 5:54 pm
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    WOW!! What a great ETM!!! Our family watched it a few times, it was very entertaining and fun to watch!! Our son, Connor, said he loved it because it allowed you to play when your friends couldn’t be together due to COVID. Genius idea and very creative with how you recycled things from your home. Fantastic job Neil!!

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  • May 7, 2021 at 6:20 pm
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    The machine was really cool and best part it used all old stuff available at home. It takes a lot of precision, patience and practice and scientific methods to get it right. Awesome Job!!

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  • May 6, 2021 at 10:32 pm
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    Well, that was just amazing! How you came up with each and every process for your ETM is just pure creativity and imagination. I was captivated by the run and was cheering on every step in the energy transfer. You have a great future ahead of you. Congratulations!

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  • May 6, 2021 at 9:05 am
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    I think that Neil did a really good job and should keep on doing things like this because someday Neil could actually make an AI. I’m pretty sure it would be a success because the machine that Neil made was very good and took a lot of creativity.

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  • May 6, 2021 at 8:38 am
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    We thought your machine was AMAZING! We really liked the bead chain. We think you probably worked really hard on it and liked your video showing how it works. We thought your creation was big and didn’t fail.

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  • May 6, 2021 at 7:56 am
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    Wow, great job Neil! Your Bey Blade Launcher is very impressive. I liked that you used items you already had around your house to create something brand new!

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  • May 6, 2021 at 6:17 am
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    Neil, your bey blade launcher is very creative and clever! It is obvious you put a lot of thought and time into your project. You demonstrated a part of life that is constant trial and error. Like Mrs Trujillo said, you made our school so proud! Great work and can’t wait to see how you continue in the future!

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  • May 5, 2021 at 3:12 pm
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    I know that you have put hours of hard work into all of the Energy Transfer Machines that you have built and redesigned over the last few months. It is evident by your video and the project that YOU built this and you worked through the Engineering Process many times when you are adding the lampshade and figuring out how to make the Beyblades battle at the end. You made me, and our entire school, proud when you competed at the SECME regionals. When you competed at the Curtis Science Challenge for the Science Center, you had me in tears listening to your interview with the judges. I was (and still am) so unbelievably proud of your hard work and dedication this year to these projects. For next year, I encourage you to continue in these types of competitions and please let me know if you need any help for your projects.

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  • May 4, 2021 at 3:10 pm
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    Wow! I am so impressed! Your machine is awesome……I loved the different elements you used…the fuzzy dice pendulum, the beads, the play doh container that can roll around a corner, and the lampshade (with the great sound also). The whole contraption is well thought out to do so much in such a small space. Your end task (to pull the cord on the beyblade is a really tough one, but you ‘pulled it off’!!

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  • May 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm
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    What a great combination of steps! I really liked how the time taken was well spread out among the various stages, and also the extra parts that were added to make it work just right. You can see how adjustments were made through multiple trials and errors. The density of the parts was very impressive too, plus using the rolling cup to go around a corner was genius!

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  • May 4, 2021 at 9:48 am
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    I really enjoyed watching this ETM and especially appreciated that you worked on the end step first because it was important to you to have fun with the end!

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  • May 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm
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    What an incredible machine with such a variety of steps and very creative use of materials. I enjoyed learning about how you came up with the idea, too. Great job!

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