Energy is something that is found in the most simple tasks like how I used it this weekend to make myself an egg. I broke the egg into the pan using mechanical kinetic energy then used electrical kinetic to cook the egg. Turing the electrical into thermal kinetic energy, heating the egg. To lift the egg off the pan and bring it onto a plate I used mechanical energy. I used mechanical energy again to eat my egg and used one last form of energy. As I eat the egg I broke the chemical bonds found in most food releasing chemical potential energy.
Energy is the ability to do work. The law of the conservation of energy says that energy can’t be created or destroyed but can be changed from one form to another. There are two types of energy one type is potential energy and the other type is kinetic energy. Potential energy is built up energy. Its energy that’s built up like a roller coaster when the roller coaster is going up a hill it moves slowly building up energy. When the roller coaster is rocketing down the hill that is a form of kinetic energy because energy is being released.
We had to draw the wires in a squiggly line because the design was drawn to scale and we needed to be able to pull the wire taught without tearing the wire. We also had to use a tool called a _______ to measure the wire drawing then we took a real wire and lined the up to make sure the wires were exact.
After watching the video, Mr. Calvert said that we would pretend to be the designers helping the divers by making waterproof flashlights. We had to make everything perfectly drawn to scale, to do this we used a t-square. We had to draw the wires but they had to be squiggly because they had to be able to be pulled taught.
In Mr. Calvert’s technology class Mr. Calvert showed us a video about how the flooding’s had trapped a soccer team of fourteen year old boys in a cave for ten days. Their oxygen levels were falling and deep sea divers searched high and low looking for the boys. So many countries pitched in to help save these boys. Sadly cave diving is very dangerous and not all of the cave divers came out of the cave alive. On the other hand all the boys came out just fine but needed urgent care.
In Technology, we are making pendants. In order to make pendants, we need to use a soldering iron. A soldering iron takes a wire and melts it because the tip of a soldering iron is over 300 degrees Fahrenheit. It is basically a hot glue gun, but hotter. Using it was quite fun. I got to watch metal melt.
In the future, I hope to solder more. I am looking forward to soldering circuits in class. My father says he has soldered things with a big torch. He was making an electrocardiogram with metal pipes to listen to his heartbeat.
In Mr. Calvert six grade technology class, Mr. Calvert has a way with words. He taught us about atoms and what they are made of. An atom is made up of protons which have a positive charge, neutrons which have no charge, and electrons which have a negative charge. He showed us how powerful a lightning bolt is and how if we could harness the power of a lightning bolt, we wouldn’t be running out of oil right now. He also told us that A lighting bolt has both negative and positive charges and apparently we get to that in high school. I like learning about animals and how they make up everything.
Bad pun that no one will laugh at:
Do you know why you can never trust an atom?
Because they make up everything!
The first day we started making the pendants was the design day. We sketched out some ideas on little circles the size the pendant was going to be it was kind of fun. Me and my friend came up with some pretty creative ones. At the end of the class we were told to label them one through twenty on which pendant idea sounded most appealing. One we wanted to do first twenty we wanted to do last. I decided to make a heart shaped pendant for my grandma. I love her but I don’t think she knows that and she’s leaving in a few days.
The first day of tech was the day to learn about safety. Safety is the most important part of engineering. Safety requires a lot of thought. First your eyes are probably the most important part of your body to stay safe. That’s why we use safety goggles. If anything flys into your eye could cause permanent damage.thats why safety goggles are important. Also you need to tie your hair back. Tying long hair back is important because there are a lot of hot materials in the lab. If your hair gets caught on these long materials then it could start a fire. Last but not least you need to overall just be cautious and try to stay safe when you’re in an environment with tools that are helpful if used safely.
In Mr. Calvert six grade tech, we played a fun game called escape the room. The safety goggles were hidden in a safe and we were given clues to unlock it. It was really fun. Unlocking each lock always gave me and my group a sense of accomplishment :). The best part about the project was that everyone’s voice was heard. There was a lot of yelling and a lot of screaming but in the end it was really fun.