Introduction: The Train Builder (Silly Solutions)
This assignment was given to my kids to do while in quarantine, i asked them a very silly question, how can you go from Toronto, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia on train with only 2 tracks? That's when my son came up with this idea, a train with a hydraulic arm on-top of the roof of the train to pick up tracks and place it in fort of the train.
Step 1: Step 1: Get a Train/ or Make Your Own
start by getting a model of a train or make your own, personally he used The Empire #13 1870's steam train, make sure the train has a roof or a place for you to attach a arm to.
Step 2: Step 2: the Tracks
He used tracks we found in the gallery and modified them by adding a cylinder stretched out to make a beam for the trains arm to grab on to.you should also make sure that the train can fit on the track.
Step 3: Step 3: Build the Arm
The arm can be anything you want, it can be easy or complex. personally we attached two long rectangular beams to make an L shape.
We then attached that to the roof of the train, also make sure that the arm can reach the beam you made on the track.
Step 4: Step 4: Build the Holder
the holder is a hoop that tightly fits around the beam and can be placed on the side of the beam (like we did) or on the front. Its really up to you
Step 5: Step 5: Attach All the Componets You Made Together
start by attaching your arm to the roof of your locomotive, next if you haven't already attach the beam to the side of your tracks, and finally attach the holder to the side or the front of your arm.
Step 6: Conclusion
In conclusion we crated a train that only uses 2 tracks to move, this activity made my kids really think outside of the box and look for more silly solutions to serous problems, this is an extremely easy project to do and only took about 30 minutes. for a twist you can give them a time limit and that will really challenge them.
I want to know what you think about this project and if you tried it and if you have any tips or suggestions please comment bellow