Wednesday, January 27, 2016

GBS Engineering Day

We had 96 student from springman and attea. We first did a lab calculating the bounce height of balls. We later packaged a fragile potato chip in a soft container for safe delivery. The students had a lot of fun and got many maker projects. I enjoyed helping little makers!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Personality Quiz Website

   Over the course of the last 2 weeks, Anthony Kang and I made a website. The website is a personality quiz that upon completion tells you which STEM teacher your personality is closer to. We used jQuery, Javascript, HTML, and CSS. The website calculates the percentage of your personality matching a specific person. It took a while to complete because of our lack of programming knowledge. At the end, I learned how to use <form> in HTML and how to use jQuery along with javascript. This project made me understand that even with my limited js knowledge, I can still do something. 

   Originally, it was Anthony Kang's idea. We went to the library over winter break and planned it out. Whenever a user clicks one of the questions, the question disappears, the next one appears, and the answer is recorded. At the end the photo of the person you are more like shows up. The characters used were Mr. Cowhey, Mr. Sinde, and John Cena. Temporary link: tinyurl.com/stempersonality

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Virtual Reality

     Today I got to experience virtual reality. Some can be very cheap, like the google cardboard. It is about $30. Something better can cost $250 like the oculus rift. VR can be used to treat people with autism and help sports players. I can also help get rid of stage fright for people. A person can practice their speech in front of a virtual audience. Of course, it can also be used for entertainment. Playing games, what I experienced today, is extremely fun, addictive, and realistic. Sensors are used to determine where a person moves his  head. A gyro sensor tracks movements. There is one in every iPhone which makes the use of google cardboard possible. Then the image on screen is adjusted accordingly. Each eye has a different view, just like in real life.

Penny Hockey Project

     I recently finished my Penny Hockey board. The project is relatively easy to make and the materials are very cheap. If I were to do this again, I would make sure that my wood is the exact length and that I line it up well before nail gunning it. Now my wood has space between the connections. It looks ok, but the holes are very obvious and ruin the first impression. I need to work on improving my skills of using tools and making more precise measurements. Some of the tolls that we used are the Miter Saw, Table Saw, Band Saw, Nail Gun, and Cordless Drill. We took safety quizzes for each tool so that we can be safe when operating them. The sandpaper tool curved the wood on my board and made me have holes at the connections.
     For autodesk, we at first made all the parts with the appropriate dimensions. Then we had to constrain all the parts together to form the board. For the document set, we labeled individual parts and dimensioned them. We made a parts list and a title page. It was confusing how to include enough dimensions but not too many for the assembly. I felt that I dimensioned just enough because using mathematics you are able to find any dimensions you need. I was afraid to overdimension. If I were to do this again, I would invest more time in sanding the board, rounding the edges, and maybe painting the wood. 

My Penny Hockey Project