Class 17:    Tuesday, 10/23/18

Warm Up:  

None

Today:

  • Get your Inventor's notebook up-to-date.  If you need help, ask a classmate.
    • Create your own new Inventor's Notebook sub-pages according to the requirements described here... Boat Problem and Constraints
    • Boat testing videos should be on the Student Common drive, in the Stapleton Designing Solutions Folder
    • "Publish" your inventor's notebook.
    • Remove unnecessary pages and subpages
    • Test your Google Site and make sure that all of the links work correctly
    • Have someone else test your published site to make sure that the share settings are allowing anyone to see your pictures.

 Homework:  None

Class 16:    Wednesday, 10/17/18

Warm Up:  

1) How and 2) when should you test your boat's maximum capacity?

Today:

  • Inventor's notebook fixes for trebuchet project are due today
  • No boat work on Tuesday.  That day should be spent catching up on your inventor's notebook. 
  • Boat work:
    • Do a lot of incremental saves as you create your boats.  Name your files so that you can identify which version they correspond to.
    • Make and test boats. Create two versions and pick the best one for a final, laser-cut version.
    • Prepare for Tuesday work:
      • Mr. Stapleton will be in Montana.  Your Tuesday task is to add your boat information to your inventor's notebook.
      • Preparation will require testing, photographing, and sinking your boats.
      • Create your own new Inventor's Notebook sub-pages according to the requirements described here... Boat Problem and Constraints
  • Rhino Tips and Commands Web Page

 Homework:  

Class 16:    Monday, 10/15/18

Warm Up:   How to use the boat contest calculator...

Today:

  • Note:  for testing purposes, the added weight for a 12 foot boat has been changed to 500 pounds.
  • Boat work:
    • Do a lot of incremental saves as you create your boats.  Name your files so that you can identify which version they correspond to.
    • Make and test boats. Create two versions and pick the best one for a final, laser-cut version.
    • Fix your inventor's notebook by Wednesday, if you want the trebuchet pages to be re-graded.
  •  Boat Problem and Constraints
  • Rhino Tips and Commands Web Page

 Homework:  Inventor's notebook fixes for trebuchet project due by 10/17

Class 15:    Thursday, 10/10/18

Warm Up: 

1.  Suppose a cube of wood has a mass of 1 pound.  How much mass would a cube of the same wood have if it were twice as tall as the first cube? How about 3 times as tall?

 

If your boat is scaled up to 12 feet, it should stably support 350 pounds.

2.  Suppose your boat is actually 10 inches long.  By what scale factor would it need to be multiplied to scale it up to 12 feet?

3.  How much weight must your 10 inch long boat support? 

 

Today:

 Homework:  Inventor's notebook fixes for trebuchet project due by 10/17

Class 14:    Monday, 10/8/18

Warm Up: 

1.  Suppose you need to design a boat that will hold 200 pounds without sinking.  How do you design such a boat?

2.  How can you measure boat capacity in Rhino?

 

Today:

 Homework:  Inventor's notebook fixes for trebuchet project due by 10/17

Class 13:    Thursday, 10/4/18

Warm Up: 

1.  Can you guess what I would most like to change about my hornet mask?

2.  Rhino has an "incremental save" command that is very useful.  Can you guess what it does?

3.  Once you design something in Rhino, what's the easiest way to turn the design into a real object?

4.  What are some other options for building a CAD designed object?

 

Today:

 Homework:

Class 12: Tuesday, 10/2/18

Warm Up:  Scenes from Pumpkin Chuckin'

Today:

  • Today's Class in Computer Lab
  • Trebuchet Inventor's Notebook grades are in PowerSchool. 
  • Next class -- Reflect on trebuchet project, Google Sites, etc. (because we don't have the library computer lab on Thursday, but we do today).
  • Begin New project -- Make a helmet/mask using Rhino (CAD)
  • Helmet/Mask Project Guidelines

 Homework: Within the next two weeks you can fix your inventor's notebook and receive full credit.

Class 11: Friday, 9/28/18

Warm Up:  Prepare your siege engines!

Today:

  • Get ready for the contest.  We will probably be holding the competition in the auditorium.
    • Anticipate the materials that you will need, and take them with you.  You may want tape, extra fishing line, etc.
  • Finish your inventor's notebook.  The deadline is tonight.  All of the pages relating to versions 1.0 and 2.0 must be completed.  Completion of version 3.0 pages may offset some shortcomings relating to versions 1.0 and 2.0.

 Homework: Finish your inventor's notebook before tomorrow.

Classes 9 and 10: Monday, 9/24 and Wednesday, 9/26

Mr. Stapleton is attending a funeral in Georgia.  You know where things are and where they should be returned.  Please do a good job cleaning up!  Also, share the rebar weights.  There should be plenty of weight to go around if no one has weights hidden away that are not being used.

Specific Plans for Monday:  Wrap up your building and experimentation.  Get your trebuchet ready for competition on Friday.  You may want to weigh your projectile and trim it until its weight is close to (but not less than) 3.6 grams.

Wednesday Plan:  The main focus should be on completing your inventor's notebook pages.  If you did not get to a version 3.0, then just stop at 2.0.  Make sure that the pages are linked, and that the links work.  If you want to change the format, that is okay, but keep the same pages with the same titles as the template.

Participation in Friday's contest is mandatory.  You need to have a working trebuchet, even if it's no good.  You will get three throws.  Your score will be determined by the distance your projectile travels in the air.  Only your best throw counts.  We will be throwing in a location where your projectile will not hit the ceiling.

Homework: Work on your Inventor's notebook.  It is due on Friday at midnight.

Class 8: Thursday, 9/20/18

Warm Up:  There was a problem (photo on right).  I designed solution version 1.0, which was a "where does it belong" quiz, below.  The results of version 1.0 are on the right (photo taken after class on Tuesday).  Please help me brainstorm ideas for a more effective solution to the problem.

 

Today:

  1. Another way to solve video format problems with an Iphone -- in camera settings, choose "most compatible."
  2. Test and experiment with your trebuchet version 2.0, document with photos/videos.  It would be good to include some data (throw distances, for example)

** I realized that I didn't create links to all of the subpages.  You will have to do that at some point.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Today  -- test version 2.0
  • Monday (9/24) -- build and tune final version 3.0.
  • Next Wednesday and Friday -- complete inventor's notebook entries (due Friday night).
  • Next Friday -- contest for prizes (≥ fruit snacks)
  • September 30th -- Actual VT Pumpkin Chuckin Competition, in case you want to make a big version of your trebuchet, and compete.

Homework: Update your inventor's notebook through the planning stage of Version 2.0.

Class 7: Tuesday, 9/18/18

Warm Up:

The Where Does It Belong? Quiz

1. Bolt cutters    2. Tape    3.  Safety glasses    4. Hot glue sticks    5. Rulers

6. Pliers    7.  Scissors    8.  New wood    9. Wood scraps    10.  Hot glue scraper

11. Heat gun    12. Fishing line    13.  Hot glue gun    14.  Hand drill    15.  Nice set of drill bits

16.  Tape measure    17.  Paper clips    18.  Metal file    19.  Sandpaper 

20.  Broom and dust pan    21.   Shop vac

Today:

  1. Who has shared a notebook and who has begun filling in the important parts?  Check powerschool.  I will soon be adding a weight to the notebook check grade.  That weight is currently zero.
  2. How to solve lightning cable video transfer problems from iphones to computers:  Go to settings -- photos -- transfer to mac or pc -- select "keep originals."  Iphones are now using HEIC and HEVC files, instead of .jpeg and .mov.  Trouble happens when phones try to convert videos during transfer.  Windows 10 can show and play the original HEIC (high efficiency image format) and HEVC (high efficiency video coding) files.  Windows 7 can't play them, but even if you can't see the video, you can upload it to YouTube and your Google Drive (I think).
  3. Check out the "coach my video" app.
  4. Finish version 2.0, document with photos/videos. 

** I realized that I didn't create links to all of the subpages.  You will have to do that at some point.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Today and Thursday -- test version 2.0
  • Monday (9/24) -- build and tune final version 3.0.
  • Next Wednesday and Friday -- complete inventor's notebook entries (due Friday night).
  • Next Friday -- contest for prizes (≥ fruit snacks)
  • September 30th -- Actual VT Pumpkin Chuckin Competition, in case you want to make a big version of your trebuchet, and compete.

** I realized that I didn't create links to all of the subpages.  You will have to do that at some point.

Homework: Update your inventor's notebook through the planning stage of Version 2.0.

Class 6: Friday, 9/14/18

Warm Up:  How do you change the bit in the drill press, and how do you reposition the bit?  What's the chuck? What's the chuck key?  What's a keyless chuck and what's the special trick for working a keyless chuck?  How and why might you want to reverse the drill rotation direction?

Today:

  1. Check out the "coach my video" app.
  2. Design an entirely new version of your trebuchet, version 2.0.  Reuse parts whenever possible, but feel free to discard ruined materials.  Do not throw away the rebar.  You can remove hot glue with pliers or the heat gun.  Put burnable pieces of wood in the scrap wood box.  A little bit of hot glue is okay.  Keep in mind that you will also build a 3.0.

** I realized that I didn't create links to all of the subpages.  You will have to do that at some point.

Homework: ** I plan to check these before next class -- probably on Monday.

  • Share your Google Site with Mr. Stapleton
  • Make sure that you have something in the Research, Brainstorming, and Planning Your Deisgn sub-pages in your inventor's notebook.
Class 5: Wednesday, 9/12/18

Warm Up: 

1.  What can we learn from this slow-motion video?

2.  How can you insert a video like this into your Inventor's Notebook?

Today:

  1. Announce Women Can Do conference
  2. Document your prototype version 1.0 in the "planning your design" main page. (or at least prepare to do so, before you destroy your evidence.)
    • In the  "completed prototype" subpage, insert one or more photo(s) of your trebuchet.
    •  For the "testing, reflections, and modifications" sub page...
      • create a slow motion video and embed it
        • Upload it to your google drive, change your permission to public (or anyone with a link).
        • Copy the link
        • Click the "insert" tab in your Google Site.  Then select "embed," to paste your link onto your web page.
      • Use text or a screencast to describe your observations and inferences relating to the slow motion video.  If you create a screencast, just embed the screencast and include text explaining that your observations are shared in the screencast. [Here's a link to some tutorials on using a chrome plug-in called "screencastify."  If you're using a desktop, you will need a microphone.  Most laptops should have internal microphones built in.]
    • Publish your Google Site and send  jstapleton@ewsd.org.
  3. Experiment with your version 1.0 trebuchet.  Don't be afraid to break it in the process.  Some variables you might want to modify are: sling length, finger angle, counterweight mass, arm thickness, and attachment to floor, but don't limit yourself to those.  Try whatever you want, and abuse your prototype as much as is necessary.
    • Describe what you learned from the experiments, if anything.
    • Insert more videos if it helps you explain your findings.
  4. Probably next class --- When you're done experimenting with version 1.0, begin building an entirely new trebuchet, version 2.0.  Reuse parts whenever possible, but feel free to discard ruined materials.  Put burnable pieces of wood in the scrap wood box.  A little bit of hot glue is okay.  Keep in mind that you will also build a 3.0.

** I realized that I didn't create links to all of the subpages.  You will have to do that at some point.

Homework:

  • Share your Google Site with Mr. Stapleton
  • Make sure that you have something in the Research, Brainstorming, and Planning Your Deisgn sub-pages in your inventor's notebook.
Class 4: Monday, 9/10/18

Warm Up:

1)  How does a trebuchet get its energy?

2)  How can you tell if your trebuchet is making efficent use of its available energy?

3)  What's the best way to learn as much as you can about your trebuchet's performance?

Today:

  • Get your projectile.
  • How to tie loops.
  • Try to finish your first prototype and shoot a projectile before the end of class today

Homework:

  • Share your Google Site with Mr. Stapleton
  • Make sure that you have finished the Research, Brainstorming, and Design Planning sub-pages in your inventor's notebook.
Class 3: Thursday, 9/6/18

Warm Up:

1.  Log on to a computer and open this Google Site Template

 

Today:

  • Create a Google Site using this template.  Insert evidence of your research, brainstorming, and design planning.
  • Upcoming plans:
    • Continued from last class --  Document your research, brainstorming, and initial design drawing.  You will be inserting these into a Google Site next class.
      • Research:  Collect and save some documentation of research (e.g. pictures of existing designs, helpful text, etc.)
      • Brainstorming:  Create and save a collection of thoughts about your design.  These could be pictures, notes, or both.  You can create the list o
      • Plan the Design:  Photograph or scan your design drawing.  Save it for insertion into a Google Site next class.
        • Create a drawing of a trebuchet prototype that you can build quickly.  The goal here is to get something working quickly so that you can learn more about the problems associated with your design.  Try to simplify your design as much as possible, with the understanding that you will create more refined versions.
        • Modify your drawing as necessary in order to simplify.
    • Begin working on a prototype that you can complete and be ready to shoot in one full block.

Homework:

  • Get your course expectations signed and then return them.
Class 2: Tuesday, 9/4/18

Warm Up:

1.  Triangles are often incorporated into structures, because they add stability.  Why are triangles stable?

2.  If you wanted to easily wiggle the frame trebuchet on the right, where would you push it, and in what direction?

 

Today:

  • Turn-in course expectations.
  • Trip to Mr. Stapleton's van to get boxes and supplies.
  • Assemble and label your box
  • Trebuchet Problem parameters and constraints
  • Upcoming plans:
    • Today --  Document your research, brainstorming, and initial design drawing.  You will be inserting these into a Google Site next class.
      • Research:  Collect and save some documentation of research (e.g. pictures of existing designs, helpful text, etc.)
      • Brainstorming:  Create and save a collection of thoughts about your design.  These could be pictures, notes, or both.  You can create the list o
      • Plan the Design:  Photograph or scan your design drawing.  Save it for insertion into a Google Site next class.
        • Create a drawing of a trebuchet prototype that you can build quickly.  The goal here is to get something working quickly so that you can learn more about the problems associated with your design.  Try to simplify your design as much as possible, with the understanding that you will create more refined versions.
        • Modify your drawing as necessary in order to simplify.
      • Begin work.
    • Thursday -- Complete a working prototype

Homework:

  • Get your course expectations signed and then return them.
Class 1: Thursday, 8/30/18

Designing Solutions: Mr. Stapleton

Warm Up:

Match the "steps" below to the numbers in engineering design cycle diagram.  Keep in mind that the design cycle is flexible.  There really is no right solution to this task.

Build a Prototype,

Conduct Research,

Plan The design,

Brainstorm Ideas,

Identify and Clarify the Problem,

Test The Design,

Present Your Solution

Google image search for "engineering design cycle"

Today:

Handouts:

Homework:

  • Get your course expectations signed and then return them.
  • Brainstorm ideas and design a trebuchet prototype.