Building switches

In class one day we were talking about driverless cars and if they would be good or bad. Then we started creating switches for a game. Two people will be flipping cards up. Different colors represent which switches need to be pressed. There would be a switch at the top, for when the cards are flipped to the same color red. There would be also a switch on the right and left. If the person on the right flips up a card with a certain color, the right switch would be turned on, and same for the left. This game is to show the difficulty of self driving cars and how they must avoid obstacles coming up like someone never knows which switch must be turned on.

We all have to build switches, three of them using tin foil as our conductor to turn on a light, when a switch is pressed which has tin foil on it, it will touch another piece of tin foil connected to a wire, to turn on a light. I sketched out 3 drawings of my switches, which use rubber bands, card board, and tin foil.

Capstone Presentation

My capstone presentation was very successful, I mostly memorized everything and only had a few stutters. Capstone helped me with my time management, researching and memorizing. Capstone was very fun and exciting because it gave me the time to research on part of my passion which is space. I hope you enjoy my capstone presentation on space travel.

Answering My Main Inquiry Question

Capstone for me was a hard a project. Researching for me was very tiring and boring because I got the same information many times, I also wanted to stop researching and just relax. At the start of the project we had to fill in search terms and try them all out. Most of my search terms work but some had repetitive information so I didn’t use them. Finding a interview was hard for me. Mrs. Boyer helped me find a short interview with Andrew Rader a rocket scientist who works at SpaceX. After a really long time I found a guy named Stephan Ord through many emails calls. He is NASA’s flight Opportunities technology manager. We had a interview via Skype, it was very successful because I got three pages of notes. Writing my script was a hard part. I always came through an error like saying ‘we’ many times in the script. I was not supposed to say ‘we’ because I was not building the spacecraft. Memorizing for me was the second hardest part other than researching. I had to say paragraphs many times over and over, I always wanted to do something else. My final presentation was easy I just had to add in pictures to fit parts of my script and label some of the pictures. My main Inquiry question was

“How will designers produce spaceships that protect civilians against obstacles in space and safely bring them to their destination?”

Designers can use whipple shields to reflect off space junk or micrometeoroids. Spacecraft rarely run into micrometeoroids and can easily plug it up if a spacecraft runs into one. A spacecraft should also have an emergency air system in case they have a hole in their spacecraft, and spacecraft should have dense walls, but not to thick because the spacecraft should be light in order to move fast. The U.S. air force can also detect obstacles in space and they can tell you when you’re near one.

I learned a lot from capstone like how to organize my time better, good ways to memorize, and now I have better researching skills.

Capstone Interview #2

I had a very successful interview with Stephan Ord via Skype. Stephan Ord is NASA’s flight opportunities technology technology manager. I asked him 14 questions and he helped me type down everything he said. I learned many things including it would cost up to billions just to make satellites. Right now NASA has a mission called the S.L.S. which stands for Space Launch System, it might go to the moon but it would be so big and strong it could even go to mars! This Interview helped me a lot and gave me 4 pages worth of notes.

Comic book reflection

Reading graphic novels makes me think deeper, using my imagination when there were gutters. Some challenges for me were the gutters and looking deeper. I dealt with the challenges by re-reading the parts and looking into every part of the picture. I changed by writing less and drawing more. It was hard to change words into the picture for me because I was used to describing with words. I also had to put more thought into the story because normally when I am brainstorming I think of it as words and in graphic novels I have to put it in both words and picture. For my story Earth has been destroyed and there are two spacecraft that travel to the nearest exoplanet “Proxima Centauri b” and have to survive on it. One person gets lost in the story but everyone else is fine. The people build a civilization on the exoplanet and live there. I chose my story because my passion project was Exoplanets and I am interested into them. Exoplanets are planets that orbit other stars other than our Sun. In my passion project my research led me to realize that the sun was going to make Earth uninhabitable in 1-2 billion years and I made my graphic novels setting far in the future 1-2 billion years.

Capstone Interview #1

Last week I had a interview with Andrew Rader, a rocket scientist at Space X. We had a two question interview via email. I learned about Whipple Shields, they reflect off micrometeorites that fly 10 times faster than a bullet. If micrometeorites hit a spacecraft, it could rip out a huge hole in the spacecraft. He also gave me a link about Whipple Shields on Wikipedia which gave me much more information.

Pollo a la Brasa Misti Restaurant Field Trip

Today we went to an amazing restaurant called Pollo a la Brasa Misti Restaurant Field Trip. The food there was so good. Me, Arav and Erik were a group, we managed to stuff ourselves with the five plates of delicious food and chicha morada (a Spanish drink made with corn). For the whole time we had to speak in Spanish, which was hard because we didn’t know everything. My favorite dish was Lomo saltado, which was Beef, tomatoes, French fries, and rice, the others were really good but Lomo saltado was a bit better than all of them to me. I think this trip deserved my first place for field trips.

Capstone #2 Sub Questions

Today for homework I wrote the sub questions for Capstone. My first sub question is, “What are the risks of space travel?” This has to do with my main question, “what will the designs of spaceships for civilians be and how will the designers incorporate safety in the design?” because safety is very important. My second sub question is, “What will spaceships look like, will the spaceship even be aerodynamic?” I chose this question because in space, spaceships could look like anything, there is no wind and friction so the spaceship wont have to be aerodynamic. My third sub question is, “Will spaceships need weapons in case there are other unknown life forms?” I chose this question because maybe we might meet other unknown life forms who might be a danger to us. My fourth sub question is, “Has anyone considered the costs, and if they did who would pay for it?” I chose this question because obviously building a spaceship would cost tons of money. My last question is, “Have we started building spaceships and if not, when will the first spaceship be built?” I chose this question because I’m curious of when there will be a spaceship to tour people into the amazing universe.