Class 49: Tuesday, 2/18/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Project work time.

Homework:  None

Class 48: Friday, 2/14/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Project work time.
  • Check out the updated order form
  • I brought in the Sparkfun Sensor Kit, if you would like to use one or take a look.  The PIR motion sensor is in my basement.

Homework:  None

Class 47: Wednesday, 2/12/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Begin working on your independent project.  All of the class days from now through break will be devoted to individual project time.
  • To provide evidence of your productivity, create (in the folder that you have already shared with me) a running log and enter the following each day:
    • Day of the week
    • Date
    • List of your activities for that day
  • Paste a link directly to your log in this Independent Project Log form.
  • Ordering Materials:
    • Orders will be placed by Ms. Young each Monday or Tuesday.  Before that can happen, I have to submit a purchase request to her and get it approved.  I will make an effort to submit purchase requests on Friday morning during block 3/4 (if there are things to order).  Therefore, if you want your order to go out the following week, you should try to get your order in the spreadsheet by Friday morning, before block 3/4.
    • Add any orders to the shared order sheet -- order page (Amazon link, item name, description, price, picture [snip])
    • Last year's order sheet

Homework:  None

Class 46: Monday, 2/10/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Arduino with Mr. Chase
    • Driving a motor with a battery pack
      • Get a common ground between the motor controller and the arduino board (connect them)
    Return Mr. Chase's pieces and parts  - - You can keep "our" breadboards and redboards.
  • Add any orders to the shared order sheet -- order page (Amazon link, item name, description, price, picture [snip])
  • Last year's order sheet

Homework:  None

Class 45: Thursday, 2/6/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Arduino with Mr. Chase
    • piezo speaker/buzzer -- sketch: tone melody
    • gumdrop led -- 40-60mA(typically)
    • motor drivers and motors

Homework:  None

Class 44: Tuesday, 2/4/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Arduino with Mr. Chase
    • Breadboards
    • Servo
      • Example sketch: sweep
      • Example sketch: knob

Homework:  None

Class 43: Friday, 1/31/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Arduino with Mr. Chase
    • Discussion of Pick Charts (Ease of implementation vs payoff)
      • Projects to avoid:  air pressure, liquids, concrete, magnets, internet of things
      • Ideas to consider:  Neopixels, Open Source things (Red Hat and Linux), Raspberry Pi (runs Linux), RC Communication
    • Arduino jumper terminology -- pin-to-pin; pin-to-socket; socket-to-socket
    • Arduino Inputs and outputs
      • Blink -- try the example sketch and modify it to change the nature of the blinking
      • Digital Read and Serial Monitor
      • IR proximity sensor
      • Capacitive touch sensor
      • Ultrasonic sensor -- using "New Ping" library for measuring distance

Homework:  None

Class 42: Wednesday, 1/29/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Next Class, and Friday -- Arduino with Mr. Chase
  • Today:  Plan your project work. In some Google format (shared with Mr. Stapleton)... plan your work for February, March, April, and May. 
    • Think about how you will show regular (every few weeks) evidence of:
      • Application of iterative design (plan, create, test, improve, modify, test....)
      • New discoveries or personal growth
    • Diagram (or list) the steps that you will need to follow.  These should be manageable steps that can be accomplished in our school setting, with attainable materials.
      • Make a complete diagram
      • Create a "Pruned" diagram, reduced to its essentials.
    • List materials that you will need.  We have about $40 per student remaining in the budget.  Some of that will need to go to general supplies.
  • In case you would like to create a box for holding your Arduino board and breadboard, here is a link to a Rhino file of a breadboard and redboard.

Homework:  None

Class 41: Monday, 1/27/20

Warm Up:  What makes a good engineering "capstone" project?

Today:  

  • Share your project work plan with jstapleton@ewsd.org.
  • Get materials for Arduino work on Friday.  Microcontroller boards, LEDs, micro usb cords, resistors.  Store them in your box, in a Ziplock bag.
  • Today:  Plan your project work. In some Google format (shared with Mr. Stapleton)... plan your work for February, March, April, and May. 
    • Think about how you will show regular (every few weeks) evidence of:
      • Application of iterative design (plan, create, test, improve, modify, test....)
      • New discoveries or personal growth
    • Diagram (or list) the steps that you will need to follow.  These should be manageable steps that can be accomplished in our school setting, with attainable materials.
      • Make a complete diagram
      • Create a "Pruned" diagram, reduced to its essentials.
    • List materials that you will need.
  • Friday and Monday -- Basic Arduino skills with Mr. Chase

Homework:  None



Midterm Day: Tuesday, 1/18/20

Today:  

Homework:  None

Class 40: Tuesday, 1/14/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Make sure that your midterm project presentation is in the Google Drive folder that you have already shared with jstapleton@ewsd.org.  Then submit a presentation link using this form.
  • Plan to present for 4-5 minutes.
  • Check the Grading Rubric to make sure that you have "checked all of the boxes."
  • Last 2nd quarter assignment -- laser cut your puzzle box.  Fix it if it needs fixing.

Homework:  None

Class 39: Friday, 1/10/20

Warm Up:  Discuss dual enrollment -- again.

Today:  

  • Midterm Project work time  -- prepare a Google slide show or some other presentation.  Make sure that the presentation is in the Google Drive folder that you have already shared with jstapleton@ewsd.org.  Then submit a presentation link using this form.
  • Last 2nd quarter assignment -- laser cut your puzzle box.  Fix it if it needs fixing.

Homework:  None

Class 38: Wednesday, 1/8/20

Warm Up:  Take a look at our brainstormed problem list.  Add things?

Today:  

  • Midterm Project work time  -- prepare a Google slide show or some other presentation.  Make sure that the presentation is in the Google Drive folder that you have already shared with jstapleton@ewsd.org.  Then submit a presentation link using this form.
  • Work on a puzzle box -- last grade for this quarter.
    • Email your completed design to Mr. Stapleton for checking.
    • Pass the laser cutter safety test (with 100%).
    • Follow these instructions to laser cut your box, assemble it, and show it to Mr. Stapleton.

Homework:  None

Class 37: Monday, 1/6/20

Warm Up:  Arduino videos...

TED Talk by an arduino creator

Make Magazine Introduction To The Arduino

"Learn Arduino in 15 Minutes"

 

Today:  

  • Arduino video
  • Checking in about dual enrollment.  No one has registered.  The course "begins" on January 13th, and the absolute registration deadline appears to be January 27th.
  • Announcement: several of you still have zeroes for missing rhino practice tests
  • Clarification -- your 2nd Semester project does not necessarily have to be a physical object, but it does need to be something that you can engineer (i.e. you can apply an iterative design process whereby you create, test, and improve multiple versions to evolve the best solution).
  • Midterm Project work time.
  • More laser cutter instruction:
  • Work on a puzzle box -- last grade for this quarter.
    • Email your completed design to Mr. Stapleton for checking.
    • Pass the laser cutter safety test (with 100%).
    • Follow these instructions to laser cut your box, assemble it, and show it to Mr. Stapleton.

Homework:  

  • Brainstorm ideas for a 2nd semester project.  According to the title of this course, your project should focus on a solution to a global problem.  That would be great.  However, it's most important that you pick a project that: 1) you find interesting, 2) is within reach, and 3) will help you learn and grow as a designer/engineer.
  • If you haven't done it already, watch this tutorial on creating a laser-cut puzzle box using box joints.
  • Sign up for Dual Enrollment.
Class 36: Thursday, 1/2/20

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Return Tests.
  • Go to D104 (Fab Lab) for laser cutting demo.
  • Begin working on Midterm Project [Clarification (see this example) and Grading Rubric]
    1. Brainstorm global problems/solutions
    2. Narrow your search to at least three possibilities, including...
      • At least one that you are excited about
      • At least one that you think is definitely doable, to some extent
      • At least one that would help you, personally
    3. Research each potential problem/solution
      • Clarify the problem (and/or describe its scope)
      • Identify the beneficiaries of your solution
      • Describe the prior art.  What attempts to solve this problem, if any, have been made already?
  • Work on a puzzle box.

Homework:  

  • Brainstorm ideas for a 2nd semester project.  According to the title of this course, your project should focus on a solution to a global problem.  That would be great.  However, it's most important that you pick a project that: 1) you find interesting, 2) is within reach, and 3) will help you learn and grow as a designer/engineer.
  • If you haven't done it already, watch this tutorial on creating a laser-cut puzzle box using box joints.
  • Sign up for Dual Enrollment.
Class 35: Thursday, 12/19/19

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Rhino test. E-mail your file to jstapleton@ewsd.org.
  • Finish up your documentation
    1.   Finish your  engineering log.  This can be done as a group, since you are sharing your engineering log.  You should have at least a version 1.0 and a version 2.0.  Follow the prompts in the provided template.  Make sure that you delete the prompts.
    2.  Individually, write a reflection on the project and insert it into the fan car page of your Google Site.  You may reflect on skills or knowledge you have acquired, questions the process has inspired, insights you have gained... it's up to you.  The length should be at least one or two paragraphs.
  • Work on a puzzle box.

Homework:  

  • Brainstorm ideas for a 2nd semester project.  According to the title of this course, your project should focus on a solution to a global problem.  That would be great.  However, it's most important that you pick a project that: 1) you find interesting, 2) is within reach, and 3) will help you learn and grow as a designer/engineer.
  • If you haven't done it already, watch this tutorial on creating a laser-cut puzzle box using box joints.
  • Sign up for Dual Enrollment.
Class 34: Tuesday, 12/17/19

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Contest results
  • Finish up your documentation
    1.   Finish your  engineering log.  This can be done as a group, since you are sharing your engineering log.  You should have at least a version 1.0 and a version 2.0.  Follow the prompts in the provided template.  Make sure that you delete the prompts.
    2.  Individually, write a reflection on the project and insert it into the fan car page of your Google Site.  You may reflect on skills or knowledge you have acquired, questions the process has inspired, insights you have gained... it's up to you.  The length should be at least one or two paragraphs.

Homework:  

Class 33: Friday, 12/13/19

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Performance Testing:  Measure car velocities -- does anyone object to top speed being the sole performance judging criterion?
  • Beauty Contest:  Add 2 or 3 photos of your car to this Google Photos album.  I will share the album with the judges, who will be asked to "Award each car a place based on how much you like the way it looks."
  • Rhino test update

Homework:  

Class 32: Wednesday, 12/11/19

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Work time.
  • Feedback on practice tests will be returned by next class.
  • Contest next class. 
    • Measure velocities
    • Create photos of the actual car (2-3 perspectives) and insert them in a class slideshow to be judged by a panel of teachers.

Homework:  

Class 31: Monday, 12/9/19

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Practice test (see class 29) is due today  after class.  Email your file to jstapleton@ewsd.org
  • Designing for the Laser Cutter --
    1. Practice designing box joints.  Design a 2"x2" (outer dimensions) puzzle box with 6 uniquely shaped sides.
    2. Design, cut, and assemble a complex plywood figure (like the Chameleon, for example)
    3. Create a laser-cut Arduino/Breadboard console.
  • Continue other work.  Speed and beauty contest on Friday.

 

Homework:  

Class 30: Thursday, 12/5/19

Warm Up:  How can you design a 3-D figure that can be assembled from laser-cut plywood?

Today:  

  • Designing for the Laser Cutter --
    1. Practice designing box joints.  Design a 2"x2" (outer dimensions) puzzle box with 6 uniquely shaped sides.
    2. Design, cut, and assemble a complex plywood figure (like the Chameleon, for example)
    3. Create a laser-cut Arduino/Breadboard console.
  • Continue other work.

 

Homework:  

  • Rhino test on Tuesday, 12/17 (or maybe the next class -- Thursday)
  • Practice test (see class 29) is due on Monday (12/9) after class.  Email your file to jstapleton@ewsd.org
  • Sign up for Dual Enrollment.
Class 29: Tuesday, 12/3/19

Warm Up:  What is an angle of attack?

Today:  

  • Directions for signing up for dual enrollment credit through UVM.  I copied Mrs. Anthony's Stat directions, but I think I changed all of the details that relate to this particular class (ENGR- 001A)

  • Work on the Rhino practice test -- part 1 -- due next Monday, after class.  This part of the test will focus on skills that you should have been using during the fan car project.  Your task will be to create a propeller-driven car meeting certain specifications/requirements.  Specifications, motor link, and an example solution are provided in this Google DocThis video shows how I made the car.  Email your completed file to Mr. Stapleton, with your name in the file name.

  • Continue with car work

  • Thursday -- begin designing for the laser cutter

  • After break -- Arduino and midterm project

\Homework:  

  • Rhino test on Tuesday, 12/17 (or maybe the next class -- Thursday)
  • Practice test is due on Monday after class.
Class 28: Friday, 11/22/19

Warm Up:  None.

Today:  

  • Work on your car.
  • If you don't have a physical prototype by today, consider your group behind schedule.  You will need to put in some effort outside of class time to speed up your process.

Homework:  If you won't have a physical prototype, download a trial versio of Rhino so that you can work on this project at home.  The trial version will be Rhino 6.  In order to open your files in our classroom version of Rhino, you will need to save your files as Rhino 5 files.

Class 27: Wednesday, 11/20/19

Warm Up:  None.

Today:  

  • Work on your car.
  • If you don't have a physical prototype by Friday, consider your group behind schedule.  You will need to put in some effort outside of class time to speed up your process.

Homework:  If you won't have a physical prototype by Friday, download a trial versio of Rhino so that you can work on this project at home.  The trial version will be Rhino 6.  In order to open your files in our classroom version of Rhino, you will need to save your files as Rhino 5 files.

Class 26: Monday, 11/18/19

Warm Up: 

 

Today:  

  • By the end of class, your Google Site must be updated as described last class (below).  ** You only have to have one Engineering Log per group.  Each of you can link it and embed it in your Google Site.  Make sure that I have editing rights, so that I can comment.

Homework:  None

Class 25: Friday, 11/14/19

Warm Up: 

If you have an iPhone, try the iRhino 3d app.  You can view 3-D files that you have emailed to yourself. [Before emailing, you need to either shade or render the object in at least one window.]

Today:  

  • Create a new page (Fan Car Project) in your Engineering Notebook Google site.  Include a graphic on your main page that links to your Fan Car Project page (see Mr. S. example, below). On the Fan Car project page, insert links to two Google Docs -- one describing the project guidelines (class 17, below), and another linking to your engineering log for this project [Here's a template for your engineering log].  It can look just like your trebuchet page, but it should be about Fan Cars.
  • Mr. Stapleton's Example Google Site

Homework:  After class on Monday, your Google Site must be updated as described above.  Your engineering log must be complete at least through version 1.

Class 24: Friday, 11/8/19

Warm Up: 

1.  If you want to make an assembly of parts that fit together, how can you make sure that one piece will fit into another?  Specifically, how can you make sure that the fit won't be too tight?  Watch this video to see how.

2.  If you're building a complex structure that will eventually become a bunch of individual parts that are unioned together, should you start unioning the parts right away, or should you wait until all of the parts are done?  Why?

Today:  

  • Continue soldering together your power-trains  -- Unless some other group desires to go first, the first group will be the group nearest the hallway door.  The order will proceed clockwise (viewed from above).
  • Charge /discharge your capacitor and try out your motor.
  • Document your project -- take pictures, screen shots, etc.
  • Reflect on your project so far.  How is it going?  Do you need to change tactics?

Homework:  None

Class 23: Wednesday, 11/6/19

Warm Up: 

1. What is a capacitor, and how does it work?

2. What can happen if you over-charge a capacitor?

3. What precautions should you take when you charge your capacitor?

4. Does the capacitor polarity matter?

5.  How can you discharge a capacitor quickly?

Today:  

  • Begin soldering together your power-trains  -- Unless some other group desires to go first, the first group will be the group nearest the hallway door.  The order will proceed clockwise (viewed from above).
  • Charge /discharge your capacitor and try out your motor.
  • Document your project -- take pictures, screen shots, etc.
  • Reflect on your project so far.  How is it going?  Do you need to change tactics?

Homework:  None

Class 22: Monday, 11/4/19

Warm Up: 

How does soldering work?

Today:  

  • Begin soldering together your power-trains.
  • Charge /discharge your capacitor and try out your motor.

Homework:  None

Class 21: Thursday, 10/31/19

Warm Up: 

 

Today:  

  • Check in -- how are things progressing?
  • Motors, capacitors, and switches have arrived.  I will bring in the soldering iron tomorrow.

Homework:  None

Class 20: Tuesday, 10/29/19

Warm Up: 

None

Today:  

  • Mr. Stapleton is gone.
  • Work on your designs.  If you develop multiple versions, create and save images of those versions.  Screen shots are okay for now.
  • If you want to 3-D print while I'm gone, the helpful guy in the maker space is Adam Repash (arepash@ewsd.org)
    • 3-D Printing Steps, for now:
      1. Arrange all of your parts so that they sit on the same plane.  Check this in front view or right view.  All of their bottoms should be even when viewed in front or right view.
      2. Make sure everything is the size that you want.  Use Analyze, Distance to check.
      3. Set the units to millimeters.
      4. Save As.  Choose the file type stereolithography (.stl)
      5. Talk to Adam Repash, in the library maker space.  Ask him if he can print something for you, and ask him how you should get him the .stl file.

Homework:  None

Class 19: Friday, 10/25/19

Warm Up: 

None

Today:  

  • How to use Cura.
  • Adding color and rendering.
  • "printing" to image files vs rendering vs clipping tool

Homework:  None

Class 18: Wednesday, 10/23/19

Warm Up: 

The propeller on the right has overhangs. 

1.  How does a 3-D printer print overhangs?

2.  In a 3-D printer, does the head move, does the bed move, or do both move?

3.  Open Rhino and try the loft command.

Today:  

  • Next class -- trebuchet take-down and how to use Cura
  • Finish your practice car. 
  • Work on fan cart project. 
    • Choose 1 or 2 partners
    • Brainstorm ideas.
    • Create one or more sketches.
    • See class #17 for details.

Homework:  None

Class 17: Monday, 10/21/19

Warm Up:  Suppose you want to print the propeller on the right, so that it fits nicely on a quadcopter motor shaft.  What's the smartest way to make sure that you get the right fit?

Today:  

  • Return project grading sheets.  Discuss grading.
  • Continue practice car work.  See last class.
  • Fan cart project details
    • Group size:  2 or 3 students
    • Goal:  Design an aesthetically pleasing, mostly 3-D printed fan cart that will travel a 10 foot section of the hallway in the shortest amount of time using as little plastic as possible.
    • Allowed materials:
      • One standard powertrain: mini-quadcopter motor, 10F super capacitor (charged to 3V), wire, and slide switch
      • 3-D Printed PLA
      • Bamboo Skewers
      • Hot glue
    • Additional Requirements and clarifications:
      • Powertrain must be removable and must be held securely in place by a snap-fit.
      • Any 10 foot span may be designated by the team, and the car may start from any distance, relative to that 10 foot span.
      • The entire operation of the car must occur on level ground, and the capacitor must be the sole energy source.
    • Function Scoring:  Score =V-(m/10), where:
      • V = the car's average velocity over a 10ft span
      • m = mass of plastic, according to Cura
      • Deductions for non-secure powertrain and/or any other failure to comply witht he rules/requirements
    • Aesthetics Scoring:  photographs of the cars will be judged by unbiased humans who are asked to, "choose the #1 and #2 most attractive cars."
    • Motor and Capacitor dimensions (approximate) :  Rhino File

Homework:  None

Class 16: Monday, 10/14/19

Warm Up:  None

Today:  

  • Continue practice car work.  See last class.
  • Note:  The fan cart project will be a team project.

Homework:  None

Class 15: Thursday, 10/10/19

Warm Up:  Open up Rhino.  Create a truncated pyramid, like this one.  Then flatten it into a net by using the UnrollSrf command.  During the UnrollSrf command, set Explode to "no."

Today:

  • Rhino Practice: Design a car.  Create a virtual rendering of the car and then build the car out of cardboard.

    • Constraints:

      • There must be at least one "front" wheel that is 2 inches in diameter

      • There must be at least two "Rear" wheels that are 3 inches in diameter

      • At least one wheel must have exactly 3 spokes.

      • Chassis must be 2" wide at the widest point and 7" long.

      • Wheel base (distance front axle to rear axle) must be 4 inches.

      • There must be 0.5" of ground clearance at the lowest point.

      • The axles must be made from our trebuchet axle nails (0.125" in diameter, and 3.5" long). 

      • Cardboard is 0.15" thick.

    • Materials:  tape, hot glue, paper for printing templates, nails, cardboard, cutting tools (utility knives, scroll saw, scissors...)

    • Process:

      • Design the car, in Rhino, using inches as your units.

      • Create a color rendering of your car, and email a perspective view to jstapleton@ewsd.org

      • Lay out the car parts so that their shapes can be printed in TOP VIEW. 

      • Make a scaled (1:1) template by printing the parts on paper.

      • Glue the paper to cardboard

      • Cut out the cardboard parts and assemble the car.

Homework:  None

Class 14: Tuesday, 10/8/19

Warm Up:   Suppose you want to design a 3-D printed, propeller-driven car that will travel as far as possible using the energy stored in one 3V, 20F supercapacitor, and you want to use as little plastic and printing time as possible.  What might your car look like? 

Today:

  • Prepare for the next project -- 3D Printed, Supercapacitor-Powered Fan Cars.  This project will require CAD skills, so you will spend a few classes learning to use CAD software called Rhino.  You will also learn to use the laser cutter and 3-D printers.  Contraints are TBD, but possible constraints are print time and print material volume

  • Some Rhino Construction Methods:

    • 3-D Design to 3-D printer

      • [Easiest]  One piece

      • [Moderate] Assembly of multiple pieces

    • 3-D Design to 2-D for cutting

      • [Moderate]Manual cutting from a Rhino template

      • [More Difficult] Manual cutting from a dimensioned plan created in Rhino

      • [More Difficult] Laser cutting with butt joints

      • [Most Difficult] Laser cutting with box joints

  • Today's tasks -- get acquainted (or Reacquainted) with Rhino; build some stuff and save it in a sensible location: 

    • First steps/getting oriented

      • Viewports, Dialog Box (help, hints, and its roll in modifying commands),

      • Help menu

      • Google

      • Undo, Delete

    • Changing views, perspectives, modes

      • Chaning viewpoint vs moving objects

      • Ortho, Osnap, Smartrack...

      • Transformations -- move, copy, rotate, scale

      • Building with shapes (difference, union, intersection, split...)

      • Selecting/deselecting, selecting an object that closely overlaps another

      • Curves vs. Surfaces vs. Solids

      • Save, Save As, and Incremental Save

      • Special commands? -- Fillet?

    • Create a Designing Solutions Rhino Folder on your F:Drive

    • Design some stuff.  Create a folder for each of the following, and keep your incremental saves in that folder:

      • Chassis

      • wheels

      • axles

      • propellers

    • Rendering/Printing

    • Preparing for 3-D Printing

Homework:  None

Class 13: Friday, 10/4/19

Warm Up:  

Check out the competition results.  You can see how your throws compared to last year's competitors at the VT Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival.  [This year's VTPC results are not yet posted.]

Today:

    • Finish engineering log

      • must have at least 3 versions -- 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. 

      • Links must work correctly.  All items should be shared with Mr. Stapleton.  If you keep them all in one Google Drive folder, that's easy.

    • New Project -- 3D Printed and Laser Cut Supercapacitor-Powered Fan Cars!

Homework:  None

Class 12: Wednesday, 10/2/19

Warm Up: 

Trebuchet Competition Day!

Today:

  • Weigh-in and measurement

  • Contest in Auditorium -- three rounds of throws.  Best throw counts. 

  • If you want to keep your trebuchet, take it home.

  • Disassemble and put away materials.  Don't throw anything away that can be put to good use.  When in doubt, ask Mr. Stapleton.

  • Friday --

    • Finish engineering log

      • must have at least 3 versions -- 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. 

      • Links must work correctly.  All items should be shared with Mr. Stapleton.  If you keep them all in one Google Drive folder, that's easy.

    • Introduce next project

Homework:  None

Class 11: Friday, 9/27/19

Warm Up: 

What are some preparations that you should make today, to be sure that you're ready for Wednesday's class?

 

Today:

  • Last trebuchet work day.

  • Contest next class.

Homework:  None

Class 10: Wednesday, 9/25/19

Warm Up: 

1.  How is brainstorming supposed to work?  What is the process, and what is the goal?

2.  Brainstorm some problems that need solving (potential long-term projects for this class).  Ideally, these should be interesting, important, and within your grasp.  But since we're brainstorming, anything goes. 

 

Plan for the next week:

  • Wednesday and Friday:  Keep iterating.  Make sure that you get at least three "versions" that you can put in your engineering log.

  • Wednesday

    • Weigh-in and measurement

    • Contest -- three rounds of throws.  Best throw counts. 

    • If you want to keep your trebuchet, take it home.

    • Disassemble and put away materials.  Don't throw anything away that can be put to good use.  When in doubt, ask Mr. Stapleton.

  • Thursday --

    • Finish engineering log

      • must have at least 3 versions -- 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. 

      • Links must work correctly.  All items should be shared with Mr. Stapleton.  If you keep them all in one Google Drive folder, that's easy.

    • Introduce next project -- ???

Homework:  None

Class 9: Monday, 9/23/19

Warm Up: 

1.  The new projectile minimum mass (including the fishing fishing line) is 3.4g.  If your projectile is under weight, how can you increase its mass?  If it's over weight, how can you decrease it's mass?

2.  What's the difference between an observation and an inference?  Where is it most appropriate to place each in your engineering log?  Mr. Stapleton's Supercapacitor Airplane Inventor's Log

 

Today:

  1. Discuss Engineering Notebooks and Engineering Logs.  At this point, you can fix them and get points back.
  2. Work time
  3. Document progress

Homework:  

  • Add to your project documentation
  • Some of you should fix your Google Site
Class 8: Thursday, 9/19/19

Warm Up: 

1.  What are the advantages of a floating arm trebuchet?

2.  What advantage do floating arm trebuchets and wheeled trebuchets have in common? (and bicycles & cars, too, for that matter)

3.  Does the counterweight need to fall straight downward in order for a trebuchet to be efficient?  Why or why not?

 

Today:

  1. Retrieve and try out the new table top.
  2. Work on your trebuchet.
  3. Document progress
  4. Pictures from today

Homework:  Add to your project documentation

Class 7: Tuesday, 9/17/19

Warm Up: 

1.  What is the purpose of a prototype?  Does it matter if it's version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0...?

2.  How much time should you spend on a prototype?

3.  Does a prototype need to be well made?

4.  For this trebuchet project, should you make sure that all of your prototypes adhere to the rules?

5.  Does a prototype need to be complete?

 

Today:

  1. Discuss the Engineering Notebooks -- I took a look at them.
    1. Instead of just linking your Engineering Log doc, embed it on the trebuchet project page.
    2. ?
  2. New tools and duct tape.
  3. Work on your trebuchet.
  4. Document progress

Homework: Before next class, fill out your engineering log template for version 1.0.  Though the template does not refer to it, make sure that you include a design sketch.

Class 6: Friday, 9/13/19

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. Engineering Notebook Google Site should be set up and shared with Mr. Stapleton.  Regarding the sharing of your linked Google Docs, you might want to share them with "anybody with a link."  That way, if you decide to share your site with someone new (e.g. Mrs. Smith), you won't have to go back and change all of your share settings for every doc.  On the other hand, if you keep all of your docs in one Google Drive folder, it might work to share the entire folder with people.  Let's test this.
  2. Work on your trebuchet.
  3. Document progress

Homework: None

Class 5: Wednesday, 9/11/19

Warm Up: 

1)  How does a trebuchet get its energy?

2)  How can you increase the amount of energy going to your projectile?

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

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

 

Today:

  1. Begin working on first graded assignment (will be due before class on Friday) -- Engineering Notebook Google Site setup
    • Create a Google Site (see class 3, below)
    • Share your Google Site with jstapleton@ewsd.org.
    • Make sure that it has a trebuchet project page.
    • On the trebuchet project page, create links to your project log and the trebuchet project guidelines.  If you would rather create Google Site sub-pages for your project log and trebuchet project guidelines, you may do that.  I think the Google Site option looks better and seems more professional, assuming that your links work intuitively.  However, last year's students had so much trouble with formatting, linking, and publishing their Google Site subpages that I decided the Google doc option was probably better for most students.
    • Insert a photo of your design drawing into your project log, with version 1.0.
  2. Work on your trebuchet.
  3. Document progress

Homework:

  • Finish #1, above, before class on Friday.
  • Get your course expectations signed and then return them.
Class 4: Monday, 9/9/19

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  22.  Hand saws    23.  Clamps

 

Today:

  1. First graded assignment (will be due on Friday) -- Engineering Notebook Google Site setup
    • Make sure that it has a trebuchet project page.
    • On the trebuchet project page, create links to your project log and the trebuchet project guidelines.
    • Insert a photo of your design drawing into your project log, with version 1.0.
    • Share your Google Site with jstapleton@ewsd.org.
  2. Work on your trebuchet.
  3. Documentation to collect over the next few class days...
    • Design sketch
    • Photo of Version 1.0
    • Observations/Testing Data
    • Ideas for improvement

Homework:

Class 3: Thursday, 9/5/19

Warm Up: 

Open this Google Site Template on your chromebook

 

Today:

  • Set up your own Engineering Notebook Google Site
  • Use the template from the warm-up to make your own version of the site.  Change the images (a student chose them).   Make your own copies of this Project log template and this Trebuchet project guidelines doc.  Then link your docs to your trebuchet project page on your Google Site.
  • Documentation to collect over the next few class days...
    • Design sketch
    • Photo of Version 1.0
    • Observations/Testing Data
    • Ideas for improvement

Homework:

Class 2: Tuesday, 9/3/19

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 of the trebuchet on the right, where would you push it, and in what direction?

 

Today:

  • Check homework -- trebuchet sketches
  • Review course expectations.
  • Label your storage box.
  • Trebuchet Problem parameters and constraints -- one additional rule -- you can't copy Mr. Stapleton's design, if you've seen it.
  • Begin work on your trebuchet.  Take pictures of each new creation, experiment, discovery, etc..  Make notes about your ideas, questions, and actions, relating to this process.  You will enter them periodically in your Project Log.  See an example of the documentation you should be collecting --  Mr. Stapleton's Supercapacitor Airplane Inventor's Log
  • Documentation to collect over the next few class days...
    • Design sketch
    • Photo of Version 1.0
    • Observations/Testing Data
    • Ideas for improvement

Next Class: Set up a Designing Solutions Google Site -- Your "Designing Solutions Notebook"

 

Homework:

Class 1: Thursday, 8/29/19

 

Warm Up:  What are some of the steps of the Engineering Design Cycle?  To give a concrete context for discussion, what steps would you take if you were trying to engineer a solution to the wastefulness of the tooth flossing process?

 

Google image search for "engineering design cycle"

Today:

  • Learn names/pronunciations
  • Enter attendance
  • Student info sheet (unless you are in my physics class)
  • Check to see if you're on my email list, find my website, and see if your chromebook is working in here.
  • Slideshow of things on my phone from the last year, etcMy goals
  • Feedback from last year
  • Begin research for first design project -- Trebuchet Problem
  • Trebuchet Problem parameters and constraints
  • Possible mini-projects:
    • Trebuchets
    • Supercapacitor Airplanes (CAD -- 3D printing)
    • Generate electricity
    • Boats (CAD -- Laser Cutting)
    • Arduino --
      • automate a task with sensors and outputs,
      • bluetooth smart switch
    • 3D printed and laser-cut gadget

Handouts:

  • Course expectations will be handed out next class.

Homework:

  • Brainstorm trebuchet ideas.  Sketch a prototype and bring your sketch to class on Tuesday.