Technology Post #10

Hello everyone,

I finished all three of my switches yesterday before class was over. So today and yesterday I have been working on challenges. My teacher gave us a bin of wooden blocks all about the same size, and he gave us three pieces of paper with different things to create that were very complicated and they needed to be balanced out very well in order for it to work. I did the first two that he gave me pretty fast, because I had a pretty good strategy. When  I started to do my third one, I could not do it for so long, we could not figure it out for so long (I did it with someone else for the third one). This is because the other two had a certain kind of structure that was the same, but the third on was totally different. In the first two, all of the blocks were close together and they helped each other balance, but in the third one, they were very spread out. It was really fun to do because I did not know how they were going to turn out until the end. Also, for the third one, we got it right at the end of class right before the bell rang, which was pretty cool because we left class having done it when we had been trying almost the entire class time to do it.

 

Technology Post #9

Hello everyone,

Today I finally got to use the soldering iron. At first when I got there I was really scared to do it. I got everything ready, I put the solder man in the third arms (the things that hold what you are soldering), I put my safety glasses on, and I tied my hair back. Since I was scared I watched someone else do it so I knew how. Then I started, it was actually kind of fun. My favorite part was how the solder just melted right as it touched the soldering iron. First, I added arms to my solder man, I added them going out straight. When I finished soldering, I wet my solder man with a wet sponge to cool it down. Once it was cool I took it out and curved the arms a bit. Then I made a bag for the solder man to hold, I had to solder the bottom and top parts of the bag together. After I did that, I soldered the bag onto the man. Next I tried to make a stand for the person to stand on so it wouldn’t fall down. But that did not work because I added too much solder, so all of it was dripping off of the bottom of the stand, so if I tried to stand it up it would tilt. Also, the stand broke off right after I took it off the third arms. Instead of using the stand I just curved the feet to make them able to stand.

Bye

– Avery

 

Technology Post #8

Hello everyone,

Today in class we began working on a new project. We are making solder men out of metal wires. Today we learned how to fold and twist the head and body of the man, but tomorrow I think that we will be using another piece to make the arms and soldering them together. It was really heard to do it because we first had to cut the wire and then we had to twist it in different ways using wires. It was hard because we were working with something so small.

It’s the next day and today in technology we continued to work on our solder men. My teacher taught us how to solder the arms on to the legs, and how to do any other soldering. We only have four solders in the class so I didn’t get to go today. I probably will tomorrow though because today he had to teach us how to do it and that took time. Since I did not solder today, I worked on my switch. I finished my first one, it did not turn out fully as I expected though. It’s the same idea and it works the same way, but I had to add on a lot of things to stabilize it. I also came up with what I want to do with the arms for my solder man. I am going to make a bag and it will be holding that bag. I excited, but kind of scared to solder for the first time in my life, because it can get up to 800 or so degrees.

Bye

– Avery

Technology Post #7

Hello everyone,

On Friday my teacher was not there so we watched a movie about Nicola Tesla, it was very informative, but it kept skipping every 25 seconds, so it was not that easy to listen to the video.

Today in class we started to build our switches. They are for our circuits that we are going to make to turn on a light. We have to make three switches each because at the end we are going to play a game with them and cards. To make the switches we get one piece of cardboard (but if we run out there is a scrap bin that we can take from), some tinfoil, and any other items that we need like rubber bands, or tape. We also get to use some of the tools, today we got to use a tool that cuts circles in cardboard, but I forget what it is called. I made my switch by connecting pieces of cardboard like three sides of a box, but the one at the bottom is bigger than the others. Then after I did that, I glued a small ball of tinfoil to two rubber bands. Tomorrow I will connect them and then I will be finished with my switch. It is really fun doing this because up until now we haven’t really used any of the tools, but now we are.

Bye!

– Avery

 

Technology Post #6

Hi everybody,

Today in class we continued our conversation about self-driving cars from yesterday. We only had a 29 minute class today because it was the state test, and that takes up two hours of school. The whole class time we mostly just asked my teacher questions about self-driving cars, some of them he could answer, but some he could not. I think that it will be much safer with all self-driving cars on the road, but before our conversation I 100% thought that they were unsafe. The reason why I think that they will be much safer is because all of the cars will not ever go above the speed limit, but also (I find this part very interesting) all of the cars can communicate with each other in some way. For example if one car is going to stop, before it even slows down, it can and will signal to the other cars behind it that it will stop. I think that that will almost fully prevent crashes from happening, and it will be much safer. My teacher said that it will probably be allowed for all people around 2025-2030 and that is much sooner than it sounds. Right now there are self-driving cars, but it is against the law for people to use them, Tesla’s can be used because people are still steering them most of the time. I am really excited for when most cars on the road are self-driving, but I am happy that they are not being used yet because I feel like muy generation is going to be one of the last generations to learn how to drive, and get a drivers license.

Bye!

– Avery

Technology Post #5

Hello everyone,

Today we continued to use the website to make a circut, but we tried to make two different paths of lightbulbs, with two switches, but one battery. I was not successful. We also made real circuts ourselves. We used what we learned using the website to make it. I was able to do it after a lot of tries, but most people were not able to do it until they got help, and some were not even able to do it at the end. I think that’s its pretty cool that I now know what goes on inside of a lightbulb.

This is a picture of the circuits that we made, it’s not mine because I already disassembled mine by the time my teacher told us we should take pictures of them and put it on our blogs.

Its the next day and today in class my teacher told us a story of how his neighbor is blind, he told us to come up with helpful things for blind people. We came up with different technologies that could help them with transportation because they can’t see where they’re going. We came up with ideas that have been made but are just not used everywhere, like self-driving cars. We also came up with moon shot ideas, which are ideas that are almost imposible and could definitely not be done any time soon, like teleportation devices. The last thing we came up with are ideas of things that we would like to see in our communities that’s can be made, I said that we should make signs also speak, so that the blind can hear them. It was very interesting to think about new technologies to make it easier for the blind to travel, and I would like to see some of these ideas in real life.

Technology Post #4

Hello everyone,

This is my second week of technology and it has been really interesting so far. Today in class we started learning about static electricity and we also continued to learn about atoms. It was kind of confusing and I hope we do more on those topics because I didn’t fully understand it. We talked about the positive, negative, and neutral charges in an atom, and if you rub your feet on a carpet and touch someone’s ear, it will shock them. This is because the negative charges/electrons are gathering up on your feet and they are all let out of your body, and into the other persons body when you shock them.

On Thursday, I was not at school and I heard from people that we started to learn about how the electrons in a battery work and they also used a machine to find out how much voltage was left in a battery. Today we continued to learn about batteries and how they are able to turn lights on. We used a website to make a circut and I learned that the batteries let out electrons which travel through a wire to reach the light bulb. It was very fun and interesting to learn about how circuts work and make a circut on a website.

Bye!

– Avery

 

Technology post #3

Hello everybody,

Today in class we learned about atoms and our universe. I find it so interesting that there could be something as small as an atom and something as big a our universe. I I learned that each star we see in the sky is a planet, and when you look at the stars, it is basically like looking at the past because light years (even though they travel super fast) can’t get to us right away all the way from the stars, so the stars that you look at in the sky might not be there anymore and the stars might look totally different. Another thing is that a man sent a machine into space over 40 years ago and it is the fastest moving thing in the world. It only just reached the edge of our solar system last year! Think about how big our solar system is, but then if you look at the size of our solar system compared to the Milky Way galaxy, it looks tiny. We also learned about atoms using a grapefruit as an example. There are tons of atoms in a grapefruit. If you make the grapefruit to be the size of the earth, an atom would be about the size of a blueberry, that’s a lot of blueberries! I find it so interesting and confusing to learn about atoms and to learn about our universe.

Bye!

– Avery

 

Technology Post #2

Hello everybody,

It is the second day on technology and it has been really fun so far, I think this will be the best quarter of the year. Many people have told me about a lot of things that we will be doing this quarter. The thing that I am most excited about is making flashlights. I have seen the ones that other classes have made and they look really cool. I think that you get to make the actuall flashlight inside, and design the outside. We have just started to learn about electricity and I think that that means we will be making our flashlights soon. We started by learning about the history of electricity, it goes all the way back to 585 B.C. I also learned about how amber is made from tree sap and how it plays a big part in how electricity was made, if you rub amber it attracts dust and feathers. Anther thing that we talked about the different ideas of scientists from back in time, and how a guy, Democritus belived that if you break something enough times, it will not be able to be broken up again. William Gilbert, Queen Elizabeth the first’s docter, was the first to ever to use the word electric. There are so many interesting facts that we learned and I am so excited to learn more.

Bye!

-Avery

 

Technology Post #1

Hello everyone,

I just joined a new quarterly class called technology. For the first two days all we did was answer a survey and talk about the rules and the guidelines for the quarter. My teacher, Mr. Calvert, also showed us a lot of tools and how to use them so that we do not hurt ourselves when using them. But then on the third day we did a breakout EDU. That is basically when there is a box with a bunch of locks on them, and you have to look around the room and find the clues to open them. There were two boxes for our class so he split us up in half and we all started working. We were trying to find a key inside of the box to open up to one of the cabinets in the classroom, but only one of the boxes had the key in it. My group opened up our box first but when we opened it, there was nothing inside, so we had to wait (not that long though) for the other group to open the box and get the key. I had a lot of fun finding the clues and opening up the locks, and I hope that I can do something like it again soon.

Bye!

– Avery

 

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