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Portfolio #5

If you read my last blog post, then you would know that I made a switch. I have made another switch which is even cooler then the one before!

I started a new switch and the way that it works is there will be a rectangular piece of cardboard, and one popsicle stick on each side of the cardboard, and there will be a popsicle stick that is glued to the top of the popsicle sticks, and then there is a rubber band that has a piece of cardboard with tinfoil on the bottom of it, and there is a piece of tinfoil in the middle of the bottom piece of cardboard and you push the rubber band with the cardboard attached and push down to the rectangle to light up the light.

And to build this, what I did was I used the jigsaw to cut a big rectangular piece of cardboard, and a small circle, then I cut  the tops of the popsicle sticks to make them shorter, and easier to use. Once I was done with all the cutting I started hot glueing. My first thing to hot glue was the popsicle sticks, so I hot glued each of the popsicle sticks to the opposite sides of the cardboard, and I hot glued the other popsicle to the top of the two other popsicle sticks.       Then I hot glued the rubber band to the top popsicle stick. And then it was time to start taping. The first thing I did with the tape was tape some tinfoil to the small circle, and I also taped more tinfoil to the piece of rectangular cardboard. The last, and final thing I did was tape the small circle, to the bottom of the rubber band.

So to be sure it worked I attached the wires to my swich and pushed the circular piece of cardboard down onto the tinfoil, and guess what happened… IT WORKED!

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Here’s a picture of my swich!

Portfolio #4

So as you might know from my last blog post I finished my soldering piece, and now I will  be working on switches.

The way that our switches are supposed to work is by putting tinfoil against tinfoil and connecting it to wires and the goal is to light up a light. We are supposed to make three switches, but it’s ok if we don’t make them by the end of the unit, but we can only make three switches max.

My first switch was something pretty simple. What I needed to make this switch was cardboard, a rubber band, a popsicle stick, and most importantly… tinfoil! I started by using something called a jigsaw. Now you may be wondering what this is… This is a machine that allows you to cut straight lines, make a perfect circle, and make the perfect cut for anything your trying to cut from cardboard.

So I started by using the jigsaw to cut a rectangular piece of cardboard, a very small square piece of cardboard, and an average size square. Then I hot glued the very small cardboard square onto the middle of the bigger rectangular piece of cardboard, and I also hot glued the other square onto the edge of the cardboard rectangle. After that I  hot glued the rubber band under the cardboard rectangle, and hot glued the other half of the rubber band to the  popsicle stick. Then the rest was simple, I Taped tin foil on the bottom edge of the popsicle stick, and taped tinfoil to the square that was on the edge of the rectangle.

Once I was done with that it was Time to test my switch! To test it I attached one red wire to the square with tinfoil, then I attached a  black wire to the side of my popsicle with the tinfoil. And then  I put the popsicle on top of the very small square that was in the middle of the rectangle and pressed the popsicle against the tinfoil square to light up the light! And it worked!

Here’s the picture of the jigsaw…

Portfolio #3

On my last blog post I talked about our soldering unit. This time I’ll be doing an update on my soldering project. 

I have decided what I’m going to do! I will be doing a basketball, inside the circle, and making it into a bracelet! But this bracelet is not going to be for me… It’s going to be for my cousin, she goes to University Of Vermont, and is on the Basketball team. I barely ever see her anymore, so I’m making her a little something. Just to be sure she remembers me.

Mr. Calvert has given everybody the choice between silver, and gold wire. I chose silver wire, cause I thought it was prettier, and easier to work with. I have started making my basketball, but the first step was two make a circle. The circle seemed easy to make at first… But it was a lot harder then it seemed! (Even though he gave us a tube to wrap the wire around, so it would be easier) Forming the circle shape wasn’t to bad… But actually making the parts of the circle nice and curved, with no bumps in the wire was super hard! Honestly my circle still isn’t perfect, but it still looks pretty good!

Then I had to shape my wire that was going to be the actual basketball. There was one straight line going down the middle, one straight line going straight across, and two slightly curved lines on each side. And then Mr. Calvert gave everyone double sided tape and we stuck that onto paper and put our designs on that so it would all stay together when soldering.

Once I was done with that it was time to actually solder my little piece together. To do that I would go to the soldering table and  Mr. Calvert provided us with a really bendy metal, a soggy sponge, the solderer itself, and a third hand (which I’ll get to later when I get the chance).

I took the solder and held it against my piece in a spot where wires weren’t connected, and I held it there for 10 seconds. Then I kept my solder where it was except I just added the bendy piece of wire, and I put it against the wire, and solderer, and when it melted the bendy wire.

Once I was done with that process my piece was finished! And it was ready to give to my cousin!

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post! Stay tuned to see what I do next!

Portfolio #2

    On my last blog I talked about some of the safety rules, and some other things, and now I’ll be talking about soldering.

    Soldering is like melting meddle. It is SUPER hot, and if you touch it, it will burn! Which is why you must be super careful with it, going back to the topic of safety that I discussed last time.

    What we have been doing is designing a sketch and we will be using wire and creating a small design with it. But that’s not all! There are some rules to think about that will make the design process a little harder then it already seems… Number one is, we are only allowed to use five (max) pieces of wire. And we have to make this inside of a small circle! For me this is going to be a challenge because I have a lot of designs that would be so cool but there would have to be more then five wires. Also I had some ideas that would’ve been sick! But they have to stay inside the circle which is making it a lot harder then it needs to be. 

    Everyone made sketches and everyone has picked one of their sketches/designs to make for this soldering project. But on the other hand, there’s me who has no idea of what to do! The thing is I have made lots of designs but I have some good ones that I’m deciding on.

    Oh, and trust me there’s more to it then just that! We will also be making them into things! For example, a necklace, bracelet, key chain, earrings, and many more! I think I have decided that I am going to make mine into a bracelet. Also we will not just be making them for our selves! We will be making them for the world! What I mean by this is, we will be selling all of the things students soldered, and we will be raising the money for charity. We will be voting on charities but we haven’t really been discussing that to much.

    I hope you enjoyed my blog post, and come check out some that I’ll be uploading soon!


Portfolio Post #1

For my quarterly I got technology. So far It has been pretty good, and also fun!

What we have learned so far is how to stay safe when your using any of the materials used to build/create things. For example, there are 12, “SMS Technology Safety Rules”. A few rules out of the 12 are things like, “Don’t assume you know training before tools” or, “Before using a machine get instruction, get permission, inspect machine”. Because you always, and I mean always want to be safe before using a machine!

Another thing I learned is to work together to solve something. For example we played a game called breakout. Breakout was a team game, and to win you had to find clues to unlock a box and whichever team unlocks the box first wins! But unfortunately no team won, because we couldn’t unlock the box on time.

I’ll give you an update soon as possible, until next time! BYE!

#2 Plant Blog Post

It has been 2 weeks since I talked about plants.  The plant looks so different because it grew taller it grew buds basically everything is different. But then there’s the manipulated plant… Which is boring… It’s exactly the same. Our manipulated plant is also dead… What Mrs.Mangan said is to try to bring it back to life and that is what we are doing. And all that means we are now using water instead of seltzer.

                Now why don’t we talk about the measurements to the controlled plant! At the beginning of the week it was 4 centimeters tall. Now the plant is 8 centimeters tall! And then the manipulated plant hasn’t even poked a little sprout. But my group and I have been brainstorming why it won’t grow and this is what we’re thinking… Maybe the flavoring in the seltzer is making the plant die. Now why don’t we talk about the color and the direction!

               So far the color is actually a really pretty light green. And the other thing is that 1 of the buds are purple but the other buds are green. And is it me or is that kinda strange… Well now that I think about it I bet it’s just the plant color. Again I have no idea what the plant is going to grow into. Now I think it’s time to talk about the direction of the plant. Every single plant in the quad Is going in different directions. One of the plants is growing up towards the light another plant is going to the side and the other are touching each other. That’s all we know sofar about the plants and I hope you injoyed  reading this book!



                                                                          This is my manipulated  plant               

       This is my controlled plant

Maglev Reflection Day 3

Today we were not so success full. We tried at least  new ideas. They all kind of failed. Our 1st idea was we could probably use 3 strip magnets. So we put the two strip magnets we already had on the sides and the 3rd one in the middle. We did the same thing for the train cart. And that didn’t work out to well. Our 2nd idea was maybe if we used strip magnets,circle magnets and ring magnets it would WORK! So then what we did was take the strip magnets place them on the sides of the track and after that we put the circle magnets on the track and they were about a centimeter apart. Then we put the ring magnets on top of the spaces that were empty. So we did the same thing for the cart. And that didn’t work… But at least our original idea worked!



Maglev Reflection Day 2

My group and I finally figured out how to build our maglev train!!! We figured out that the problem is we didn’t have to use the circle magnets or ring magnets. All we had to do was use the strip magnets. So we failed once but we had success the next time. The other reason we failed is because  the magnets on the cart and the track weren’t lined up with each other. So what were doing now is trying to upgrade .

Maglev Reflection Day 1

Our class has been working on maglev trains! Maglev trains are trains made out of magnets. The goal is to get the train to levitate above the tracks. My group and I decided that if we used 4 strip magnets,2 ring magnets, and 5 circle magnets it would work! So what we did is we designed the track first.

We taped 1 strip magnet on one side and the other strip magnet on the other. Then we took the 5 circle magnets and taped them down in the middle of the strip magnets. Finally it was time to design the train cart.

What we did was we taped 2  magnets on the sides  one magnet on one side the other on the other side. Then we took the ring magnets and taped them on the middle. Now it was time… for what you ask? to see if it levitates!



My expert

I chose a book about how Thanksgiving became a holiday because when you eat all that tasty food you can think of what you should be thankful for. Also if you think of it there are over 1,000 things to be thankful for