Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Career Day

Today in school, we had the opportunity to sign up to hear about different careers that we might be interested in. I thought that this was a very cool opportunity to hear about what I might be interested in doing from the perspective of somebody else. It gave me a good understanding about the required amount of school needed, and the typical work day. From the 5 presentations I heard: Physician's Assistant, Civil Engineer, DEA Agent, Tax Accountant, and  Actuary, my favorite one was actuary. As somebody who loves math, actuary was appealing to start with. The flexibility with the different undergraduate degrees, and the where and when you work was also interesting to me. Since I had never really heard of actuary prior to this, I plan to look into it more to see if it could be a fit for me. I also enjoyed the presentation by the DEA Agent. Law Enforcement seems like a lot of fun to me, not necessarily the field work, but the lab work. Just being able to solve crimes, and make people's lives better is a big pro for me. Finally, I learned a lot of helpful information from the tax accountant. She talked a lot about how being able to small talk was important, as well as being flexible to work in groups vs by yourself. She also said that face-to-face interaction was important because although someone can ignore an email, they can't ignore you when you are standing in front of them. I thought that all of the information I learned today will help me decide what I want to major in as I get closer to college. I can't wait to learn about more careers as I continue at Glenbrook South!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Puzzle Cube Project

The Puzzle Cube Project was a fun project, with many different parts to complete.

Puzzle Cube Pieces
First, we sketched out our different pieces in our engineering notebooks with multiviews and mind maps.
Mind Map of Puzzle Cube
Next, we glued our pieces together and spray painted them.
Spray Painting the Puzzle Cube
Then, we used Autodesk Inventor to draw using CAD.

Modeling in Inventor
Finally, we had people solve our puzzle cubes!

My Solved Puzzle Cube
I had a lot of fun with this projects, but I thought that some of the constraints were hard to fulfill because it was challenging to find pieces that would work together well, and I felt a little short on time. I think that I had enough sketching between my hand drawn multiviews, and the ones on Autodesk and it might have been to nice to do an either or. My favorite part of this project was definitely the spray painting because it gave me a chance to be myself, and show people how I saw the puzzle coming together. I decided to spray paint the entire outside gold, and the pieces individual colors to try to help the people solving as much as possible. Most people were able to solve it in under 8 minutes! If I could change one thing for next year, it would be to go over using Autodesk a little bit more before starting the project because it felt a little like being cast into the fire, and was hard at times to figure it out, but I eventually got there, and now I think that CAD is super cool!

Here is a video documenting my work!

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Growth Mindset

Today we learned about the difference between a Growth Mindset and a Fixed Mindset. These mindsets just give a name to the difference between wanting to try new things and not wanting to try new things. 
Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
I think that the idea of the Growth Mindset is a better way to raise children than using participation ribbons. It also challenges people to change to the way they think to the Growth Mindset. 

This video helps explain the difference between the two mindsets.

Sprouts (2016, April 15). Growth mindset vs. Fixed mindset Retrieved from
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Penny Hockey Project

While creating the Penny Hockey Board, I used many different skills and tools in the makerspace.

This is tile before it was cut
Cutting the tile.
First, we got tiles, and we used an exacto knife to cut it down to  8 1/2 by 12 inches. 

Using the Table Saw

Next, we used the Table Saw to cut a MDF board to the same size as our tile. We used the MDF as the base of our board.

Board Laser Engraved

After we cut our MDF and tile, we laser engraved our boards. We used Autodesk Inventor to sketch design our logo, and then uploaded it to the laser engraver.

Using the Drill Press

Then we used the Drill Press to drill the goals.

Using the Cordless Drill.

After, we used the cordless drill to drill holes for the pegs.

Using the Band Saw.

We used the Band Saw to cut off the pegs for players, and then pushed the pegs into the holes we drilled.

Using the Miter Saw.

Next, we used the Miter Saw to cut our walls.

Using the Nail Gun.

We used the nail gun and wood glue, to make sure that our walls were all connected together.

LCD Scoreboard

Finally, I used an arduino to code a scoreboard. 

This is a picture of my finished board.
I really liked this project because it used all of the makerspace tools and using coding and electronics too. I feel that it was a really good way to become familiar with the makerspace. My favorite part was when we used the table saw because I really liked feeling the power of the tool for the first time. I also liked how it was relatively safe. All in all, I really thought this was a fun project that extends beyond just creating the board. I have so much fun playing with my brother!

This video shows the highlights of this project!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pimping a Pumpkin

This past week in class, we worked on making a really cool pumpkin. At first, I wanted to use a PIR sensor to detect movement and once that happened it would play music and flash lights, but I realized that was too hard. For one, I didn't have a speaker, and I didn't know enough about the coding to pull that off. This led me to use a photoresistor sensor that detects sunlight to make the circuit work. I also added lots of LED's to get the effect of a candle flickering. When the sensor detects light, it turns the lights off, but when it is dark, the LED's turn on. I thought that this was a really cool project that brought together everything that we have learned about coding and wiring the Arduinos. Next year, I might attempt a more challenging project! This is a video of my pumpkin in action.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Arduino Project

The past couple of weeks, we have been working with arduino boards in class. We have been using the site codebender to help us with our coding. We did some coding on the site to count in various patterns, and type different messages. We also used lit up some LED's using the arduino and a breadboard. I found this unit challenging, but I enjoyed it a lot.

This is some of the code I used.

This is a picture of LED's I wired to light.

This is a wired arduino.