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Reflecting on Technnology

This quarterly was so fun. I learned so much about electrons and how switches work and basically how electricity works. Along with learning a lot, I also had so much fun making the projects, and circuits. My favorite project was probably the flashlight, because I liked putting all of the parts together and soldering the circuit. My favorite thing to use was the solder machines because it was satisfying seeing the metals parts stick together and harden. I had a really fun time in Technology and can’t wait for next year. Thank You Mr. Calvert!!

Building the Automata

Once I am done with the diagram and base of the automata, the only thing left to do is build the rest of the automata. After the stick was on the top, I realized that the stick was not going straight up and down, so I put a piece of paper connected the cardboard connected to the stick, and the top of the box. I also had another problem, I needed to put more weight on this piece of cardboard, so it is heavy enough to bring the player all the way down and up, pretty fast. To fix this problem, I put pennies on top of the cardboard to weigh it down. Now that I have the whole box working, the only thing left to do is put the player and hoop on. First, I cut out the legs and body and connected it to the stick. Now came the big problems. I had to make the basketball attacked to the wire but not too tight. Eventually I got the wires the right length and attacked them to the hoop. After a lot of problems and obstacles I finally was able to make the basketball player dunk into the hoop.

Automata Diagram and Base

For the final project of Technology, we had to make something called an automata. An automata is a machine in which you spin a stack and something on top of the box moves. For my automata I wanted to do something related to sports. After a lot of thought, I decided to make someone shooting a basketball. In my diagram I started with drawing a box and the wheels inside.  I am going to make is so that the stick is connected to a wheel and the wheel pushes up the basketball player. I then decided to draw the payer and the hoop. I decided to make the basketball player shoot it by connecting the arms to wires when the player goes up, the ball comes down and vice versa. I now  started building the base which is the box. I made a hollow box and then held up each corner with cardboard.  Once I put the wheels in I had the stick going up and down, so my base was complete.

Making the Flashlight

Once we had our diagram, we had to now make the flashlight. We were given a plastic bag with the parts that we need for the circuit inside the flashlight, and the parts we need for the flashlight. First, I drilled a hole into the cap that will have the light and the pipe that will have the switch. I then put together the circuit by soldering the parts together. All that I have to do now is put everything together and decorate the flashlight. The first thing I put together was the circuit and the flashlight hole. I connected the cap to the rest of the flashlight and pulled the switch out. I put a cap on the switch and then I had the basic flashlight done. The last thing I had to do was decorate it. I decorated it to be Mets and Giants theme.

Flashlight Diagram

The only thing we have to do before making a flashlight is to diagram it. We were given a piece of diagram paper, and we had to draw the flashlight to scale if every box is 1/2in. The only limit our flashlight had was it had to fit in a box that is 7.75in. long 6.25 in. wide and 6in. tall. I wanted to try and use as many different pieces as I can, so I used one of each pipe. We had to make every line straight, so it is exact. After we had the basic diagram of the pieces we had to add the wires and the circuit into the diagram. We also had to measure the wires and cut pipes inside of the flashlight. Once we had the diagram with all of the wires and pipes in it we measured what length wires and pipes we needed. Our diagram was complete when we had everything on the diagram and the measurements.

Switches

This project in tech was one where you have to make switches that complete a circuit. We had to make three different unique circuits.

In my first one, I was just trying to make a switch that worked, but I also wanted to make it pretty cool. I thought that I would make something that had two sides and when one goes back the other goes forward and hits the tinfoil.

For my second one, I decided to make it a little more complicated and cooler looking. I decided to do one that pushes a popsicle stick into tinfoil on the bottom. This was the hardest one to make, because I had to make the popsicle stick not loose enough to fall down or go out of place, but not tight enough to get stuck. This one is my favorite out of the three.

For my last switch I decided to make a small one that works easily. I wanted to make one where you push tinfoil into other tinfoil. First, I built up a little bit, and then I made it so you push a straw with tinfoil on it into a wall of tinfoil. This one didn’t take as long to build as the other ones, but it still worked fine.

Solder Person

The Solder Person project wasa project in which everyone would get a wire and we would have to bend it and solder it in a certain way to make it a person. This project was the hardest project we have done so far in my opinion. First we were gave a wire that was about 8in. We had to cut a 5in piece to make the head and legs. This was the most difficult part because we had to wrap the wire tightly around a pencil and around the body. Eventually, I got it though. Once I had the head and feet I took the 3in piece and soldered it the the back of the person, and now I have a basic person. The only thing left to do is to give my person something to do. I chose baseball. I cut a little piece of wire to make a bat and then soldered it to my person. Overall this project was really difficult, but the soldering was really fun.

 

 

 

Self-driving cars

Cars are transforming. People are trying to create cars that don´ t need a driver. There are a lot of things to take into consideration  when making one of these. You have to make sure that your car knows what everything is. There have been cars that have mistaken a cargo truck for a bridge, and rammed into it. These are one of the many things you have to consider when making a self-driving car. Another thing people have to be careful of is bad drivers. There are a lot of bad drivers in the world and self-driving cars will have to know how to deal with these people. There are also many other things people have to take into consideration when making a self-driving cars, but these are some of the main ones.

Simple Circuits

Today we made our own simple circuits. Mr. Calvert gave us a light, a battery, a switch, and multiple wires. It was a pretty challenging task because we had to fit the wires under screws. It took a pretty long time to make the light bulb turn on, but eventually I got it.

I had to connect the loose wires and wires from the battery to the switch and light. If I put the switch the other way then it would break the circuit and the bulb won’t light up. All of the wires and object in the circuit have to be touching for the electrons to flow through the circuit and the light to light up.

Overall this project was challenging and fun at the same time.

Breakout!

Yesterday, in technology we played a game called breakout. We had to0 find clues and crack the codes of the locks. Both teams were given a folder with three papers in them. These were the clues. We were given one lock that had arrows on them, one with letters, and one with numbers. Mr. Calvert gave us two clues about where to find the clues to the locks.

It was pretty easy for us two get the letters one and the arrows one, but we couldn’t figure out the numbers one. We were very confident we knew the code, but the lock wouldn’t open. We tried and tried, and even called Mr. Calvert over, and he said we had the right idea. We kept trying to line up the clues with the lock. Eventually Mr. Calvert came over and all he did was pull on the lock and it opened. I couldn’t believe it, the person who was entering the code couldn’t open the lock.

Overall, this game was really fun and a little frustrating at the same time.