Technology – Post 8

In tech we started to draw our flashlights! First I drew the 45˚ angle pipe that the light comes out of. Then I drew the tripod on the bottom, with all the caps. A little more on why I decided to design my flashlight the way I did. I figured that you would be able to stand it up, but also be able to carry it. I also drew my circuit. The light is coming out of the 45˚ angle pipe, and the switch is in the back. Overall, I am so excited to keep working on my flashlight!

Technology – Post 7

Today in tech, we learned how to draw items to scale. We learned the scale we were working with. Our scale was that one square was .25”. We did a lot of practices, where we measured a PVC pipes and then drew them to scale. Then we started brainstorming our flashlight idea. I wanted to do a tripod on the bottom with a 45˚ angle pipe on top, with the light coming out from the 45˚ angle.

Technology Post #6

In tech, we made switches. I made a duct tape switch. A duct tape switch is when you put two pieces of cardboard side by side on a piece of duct tape with a small gap in between. Then, you put a little more tape so it is stronger. After that, cut two pieces of tinfoil, and put one on the first piece of cardboard, and one on the second. Finally, plug wires into the tinfoil, and close your switch. Te LED light attached to the wires should light up. If it does, your switch works! I also decorated mine with pom poms. Here is a picture of my switch…










Technology Post #5

In tech, I finished my pendant. I left off saying I was putting it together, right? Anyway, after I put my pieces together, I soldered. I was kind of scared, because The soldering iron gets up to 842˚ F, and I didn’t want to burn myself. It was really cool! There was liquid metal oozing out of the iron, but almost as soon as it hit air, it dried, and was not hot anymore!! Overall, I really liked doing this, and am proud of what I made.




Technology Post #4

In technology, we have been working on wire pendants. This basically means that we are making jewelry out of wires. This is our first real project! The first thing we did was brainstorm designs. Our designs had to have only 5 wires, because we are just beginning. We made 15 designs, all of them were different. Then we picked the one we wanted to make. I chose a simple sunset design. The second thing we did was we made our circles that we were going to put our design in. We did this by using a cylinder made out wood, to wrap them wire around and create a perfect circle. Then, we very tightly wrapped the remaining wire around the wire we didn’t touch before. Overall, I am super excited to continue working on this project!

Technology – Post #3

In technology yesterday, we did an experiment about how effluvia (static electricity) moves a piece of tinfoil inside a jar. In the experiment, we rubbed a plastic stick on wool. This transferred the electrons from the wool to the plastic. Then you take the stick, and put it close to the rod attached to the tinfoil. Since the rod was also filled with electrons, the electrons in rod went to the tinfoil, since electrons don’t like each other. Then the tinfoil moved because the electrons were trying to get away from each other. Overall, I really liked this experiment!

Technology – Post #2

In tech we played breakout. The object of the game was to unlock the box with the safety glasses in it. We had work as a team to find clues, and then decipher the clues to find out the code for the locks. Our group was at first mystified by the clues, but then, after a hint from Mr. Calvert, we understood the clues and began to read between the lines. When we finally got it open, we got started on the mystery box. And we got that open too! Overall, this was a really fun day in tech!


Capstone #7

We have now presented our capstones to some of the kindergarten and second grade classes. We also presented on camera. It was very nerve racking and kind of scary too. I performed fairly well, and messed up only a few times. It was also an exciting experience, as we had finally finished capstone! I felt relieved when i finished because all of the tension had been building up inside me. When I was actually presenting, I was thinking very carefully about what I had to say, especially the parts where I usually have trouble. I tried to be relaxed, but it was extremely hard. I was a little more relaxed at the live performance. Overall I really enjoyed capstone, and learned so much from it. It was such a fun project!

Capstone #6

I finally finished my presentation! I learned so much from just putting it together. I learned how to choose the right pictures that fit with my presentation. I learned how to get clear picture that make sense. I also learned to get pictures with not a lot of writing. I learned how to put images from the internet into my slideshow. The hardest part was finding a good picture for slide 5. I tried 3 different images before I found the right one. My main problems were that the picture either was too stretched out when I put it on the slide or the picture had too much writing. This was very frustrating as I was looking for a long time before I found the perfect picture. Sometime I found pictures I liked better that the one I had originally picked out. Sometimes the pictures were inappropiate, and that was fairly annoying. Overall I learned so much from the making of the presentation and have had fun, even though it was frustrating at times. Here are all the resources I used in my capstone:

Websites Search Term: vaccines



Ted Talks



You wouldn’t want to live without vaccinations

By Anne Rooney