This is the last week in Tech and we have been making whatever we wanted to make. Some people are trying to make very difficult structures with wood, others and making new solder people, some are making stuff with the Scroll saw and are making a wheel kind of tool. Tech has been really fun and probably one of the best quarterly.
This week I am using the scroll saw to drill cardboard to make things. The scroll saw vibrates at very high speeds and cuts into the cardboard. I am using double-ply to make an “H” for myself. I first have to draw an outline of the thing I want to make, and then I turn on the machine, make a cut in the cardboard and start cutting.
For the past week in class we have been working on making a flashlight using tubes, wires, switches, and a few other classroom things. I have been measuring, graphing, drilling and soldering my flashlight. To solder the wires for the flashlight, there is a thing that you hold in your had that heats up to about 850 degrees, and touch the solder on it while touching the thing you want to solder, this solders the object. After doing this, I fitted the wires, switch, light, and battery into the flashlight tubes and finished the flashlight.
In the past few weeks in Tech we have been learning and making circuits, and we made our own switches and played a car driving game. We connected wires to the tinfoil on the switches so when the tin foil touched a light bulb lights up on the breadboard.
Recently, in Tech we have been making solder people made of solder. They look like little wire people and are hard to make. First you get a piece of solder and wrap it around a pencil, which will be it’s head. Then you have to twist the other metal to make legs and melt on the arm and other accessories. I have been working on a hockey player which is fun! You use the solder machine to glue other pieces to it.
This Wednesday there is a concert at Scarsdale Middle School including the Chorus and the 6th Grade Band. The band is going to perform “Danza De Espana”, “Crown and Scepter”, “Gettysburg” and “Laredo”. The END!
Today in Tech we made lightbulbs light up using 3 wires, a switch, batteries and a lightbulb. We connected the red wire to the switch, the black to the lightbulb and the other red wire to the switch and lightbulb. When we move the switch, the lightbulb lights up.https://blogs.scarsdaleschools.org/hwolf25/files/2018/12/img_0221.mov
Today in Tech we learned about Neutrons and Protons and how they are opposites. Neutrons have negative charges and Protons have positive charges. Electrons have negative charges too. Protons can’t go to other atoms without the power of nuclear bombs, which is how you make a nuclear bomb, explosive data there. If that was to happen, it would be very dangerous. You CAN take electrons off of atoms and give it to other atoms. All of these things are microscopic. Atoms are in EVERYTHING.
Over history a lot of scientists have had their own ideas on how electrons work. For example Werner Heisenberg corrected another scientist’s hypothesis about how electrons work and move. He discovered that electrons do have levels, like the other scientist , except that they exist in “clouds” around the nucleus. The farther the electron is from the nucleus the more spread out it.
As of now, Scarsdale hockey Maroon, which consists of Jack Greco (C), Owen Bezos (C), Taj Grewal (F), Luke Arrighi (D), Luke Nestor (F), Leo Simon (G), Parker Caldara (D), Jackson Starr (F), Michell Broff (F), Alexander Dyakin (F), Ben Flicker (F), and Harry Wolf (D). The team record is 10-0-1, and is ranked #1 in their league. They have had 1 tournament, which they sadly lost, but either than that are undefeated. We are having an awesome season, and want to keep it up. The coaches are Head Coach Collins, Coach Broff, Coach Starr, and Coach Greco.
C – Centermen
Today in Tech we did a Breakout team bonding thing. It was really fun because we didn’t have to learn, but also got to have a lot of fun by making it a challenge to beat the other team, (Even though we weren’t competing) to solve the mystery, and to work as a team. (Our team finished first, not that it mattered or anything) As we worked through some kids who rarely talk stepped up to the plate to solve somethings that we didn’t understand, and helped the team finish in 20 minutes. The teams were each side of the class, and we had boundaries on where we were allowed to go. Everyone was excited to solve the mystery and to open the box to get the key inside to be able to open the goggles cabinet. I’m excited for the rest of the Tech quarter, and see what comes up next!