Passion Project (Plan) – Post #3

This week, I filmed my first video! I used one of my brother’s ninja turtle legos that I found in one of his bins. I also got very lucky because my brother just had a birthday party and in the goody bag, he got some chocolate soccer balls. I figured they’d be the perfect size for the lego ninja turtle, so I asked my brother if I could use one of them for my first attempt. I used blue tac that I brought home from camp this summer to keep the soccer ball and the ninja turtle in place while taking pictures. As well as finding the ninja turtle in one of my brother’s bins, I found a mini soccer goal that I used one year for my birthday cake. It was also the perfect size. I came up with the idea of using confetti once the ninja turtle scores, so my mom said that I could hole punch red paper. For the field, I printed out a picture of grass and I also printed the word “GOAL” to add as graphics when the turtle scores.

About the app, I really enjoy using it because it’s not complicated at all. It’s very easy to use. It keeps all of your pictures in order and plays them all together to make a video.

Before making my first video, I watched some tutorials online that gave great tips. Here are some links:

After making a couple of videos, I learned some things that I could do differently for my final product. One: at the end of my second video, I accidentally moved the iPad, which messed up the angle of the next pictures. Next time, I’ll attach the iPad to the table by using blue tac, so the frame won’t move while taking pictures. Two: at the part when the figure scores, and I make confetti fall down, it was too far away from the camera, so my mom, (who helped me by taking the picture), wasn’t able to capture the confetti in the air. Next time, I’ll make sure to drop the confetti right in front of the camera. Three: I didn’t take multiple pictures of the goal sign, and I didn’t fix the posture of the figure right after kicking the ball. Next time, I’ll take at least three pictures of the goal sign, so it doesn’t disappear so quickly and I’ll also make sure to move the figure’s leg back to its regular position after kicking the ball. Finally, the fourth thing that I need to improve is making sure that in the video it looks like the ball rolls instead of just moving forward. I’ll need to rotate it a little each time and not just move it further down.

Here is my second product (the first one was an even simpler version just to try out the app):


Passion Project (Pitch) – Post #2

Yesterday we made our pitch slideshow. We had to answer four questions.

1. What will you learn and make?

I will learn how to make a stop motion video. It will be a video of an action figure kicking a soccer ball and scoring a goal.

2. Why do you want to learn and make this?

I want to learn and make this because when I was about eight, my friend made a stop motion video and I’ve always wanted to try and make one, but I never got the chance to. It’s amazing how a lot of pictures put together can make a film.

3. How will you learn and make this?

I will learn and make this by using the proper tools, like a stand, camera, etc. I will also watch videos online, as well as contacting people who are experts.

4. What will success look like to you?

Being able to do something that I’ve always wanted to do and doing it well will look like success to me.

6th Grade Tech – Post #10

I finished my flashlight! I think the hardest part was soldering and making my blueprint. I had to keep re-soldering my circuit because every time I did it, it didn’t work. That was very time-consuming. Making the blueprint was pretty challenging because the measurements had to be very accurate. I didn’t really take the time to read the rubric for the blueprint, so I hope I didn’t do anything wrong. Next time I’ll make sure to look over it.

Okay, now your probably wondering how it turned out. I think it turned out very well, but while decorating it, I didn’t make the “on” and “off” signs, so I had to white-out two parts of it to include that. That’s the only down-side. The good thing is that it works and all of the pieces fit in very well!

Anyway, here’s some bad news, the last day of the quarter was this Friday, so it was the last day of 6th grade tech for my class. I really enjoyed making all of these cool projects this year, and I can’t wait for 7th grade tech!

Here’s how my flashlight turned out:

Passion Project (Picking a Passion) – Post #1

Mr. Turner assigned us a passion project. A passion project is one that is related to something that we are interested in and it can be anything. We are supposed to present to the class once we finish it. The project will last for five weeks. This past week was the first one, so we all had to choose our passion.

In school, Mr. Turner gave us a brainstorming sheet. We wrote down the things that we like, what we’re good at, what we wonder about, etc. After seeing a couple of examples of what students in the past have done, I got an idea.

I’ve thought how cool stop motion is and have wanted to make a video since I was about eight years old, after I saw one that a friend of mine made at a workshop. So I thought to myself that maybe I could do that for my project.

After more thinking, I narrowed down to three choices: making kind of like a sculpture out of recycled materials, doing a freestyle soccer trick, or making a stop motion video. I finally chose what I’m going to do. I decided to make a stop motion video of an action figure kicking a soccer ball and scoring a goal, but I don’t know what materials I’m going to use yet. Maybe I could make the action figure out of recycled materials, so then I have a little bit of my other choice as well.

6th Grade Tech – Post #9

This week we finished our blueprints and started building our flashlights! Unfortunately, the quarter’s over next week, so I think that this is our last project.

I finished gathering up all of my fittings, cutting out my pipes, and drilling holes in for my LED light and switch to go through. Also, while I was waiting my turn to solder my circuit, Mr. Calvert let me decorate it. I used red, blue, and black. Now it’s very unique.

I didn’t get to finish soldering my circuit together. This is because it was challenging to figure out which wire should provide a pathway for the negative charge and which wire should provide a path for the positive one. All of my wires are red, so that’s what confused me. The wire that’s supposed to have the negative charge has to be black and the wire that’s supposed to have the positive charge should be red. I think that I should really listen carefully when Mr. Calvert is giving directions so that I don’t have a hard time with something that can be easy.

After finishing my circuit, I will be able to accomplish the last step! That is, inserting it into the flashlight. I hope it works!

This is my flashlight so far:


6th Grade Tech – Post #8

For the first few days of this week, we practiced making blueprints by using a measurement table, t-squares, rulers, and right triangles. It was really fun.

On Friday, we started to make the blueprint for our flashlight design. I’m almost done with mine. After that, I can start to build! I think the hard part about this project is making the blueprint, but when you start to build, it gets easier because you have the steps right in front of you.

I’m going to use one pipe and three fittings. Once I’m done making the flashlight, I am going to decorate it. I think that decorating it makes it more unique. Although, I don’t know what I’m going to decorate it with yet.

I forgot to take pictures, so I’ll make sure to add some in next week. I really need to remember to take pictures each week!

Here is my blueprint of my flashlight:

6th Grade Tech – Post #7

Yesterday, we played the “Self-Driving Car” game. It was pretty fun, but also kind of challenging. It was challenging because when you are the driver, (the one who closes the circuits), you are timed to see how fast you can go. You also get recorded on how many mistakes you make, so you always have to be looking at the cards. That was distracting me from flipping the right switch because if I’m not looking at the right switch to flip, I flip the wrong one.

It turns out that my table mates also had a hard time as the driver because they would make some mistakes and take very long to go through the deck.  I got the fastest time, but I made two mistakes. One of my table mates got a pretty fast time and no mistakes. She got about 50 seconds. I got about 39.

The other jobs were not hard at all. One was flipping the cards and the other one was timing the driver and keeping track of their mistakes.

Next week we will begin to make a blueprint for our new project, which is building a flashlight. The challenge is that the flashlights that we make have to fit in a small box. I already have an idea of what I’m going to make and I know that it’s going to fit in the box. This is because I measured the parts that I think I’m going to be using, and then measured the box. It fits in perfectly.

I can’t wait until next week, and I’ll keep you posted!

6th Grade Tech – Post #6

It turns out we didn’t play the “Self-Driving Car” game this Friday. Instead, we made the switch that our projects are going to be connected to on a breadboard. For the switch, we used a breadboard, jumper cables, a battery, and an LED light. This is a breadboard:

In class, we learned about parallel and simple circuits. In a parallel circuit, if there are multiple lights, and one of them goes off, the rest of them stay on. In a simple circuit, if one light goes off, then the rest of them go off too. That’s because of how the switch is built. In a parallel circuit, the wires attached to each light are connected to the wires that are attached to the battery. And each wire that is attached to a light is separated from the other wires. That’s why if a wire attached to a light gets cut off, then that light will go off, but the others won’t. Here are some pictures of the three different switches all put together:

6th Grade Tech – Post #5

Mr. Calvert has assigned a new project. We’re supposed to make three different light switches, mostly made out of cardboard and tin foil. After we finish making these switches, we are going to play a game with them.

The game is called the “Self-Driving Car.” The only other thing that you need to play the game is a deck of playing cards. This is how to set it up: first, you have to divide the deck into two, the cards face-down. Then, you arrange the three switches in a horizontal line facing you. After that, you are all set to play.

This is how you play: first, you flip the first card of each half of the deck over. If the card on the left is red, and if the card on the right is black, then you turn on the switch on the left. If the card on the right is red, and the one on the left is black, then you turn on the switch on the right. Lastly, if both of the cards are red, then you turn on the switch in the middle. The goal is to test how fast you can operate it, without making any mistakes.

Tin foil is conductive, so the switch works by having one piece of it connected to a wire with positive charges and another piece connected to a wire with negative charges. Those wires are connected to the LED light, so when the two pieces of tin foil touch, it’ll make the light turn on. Our switches are due this Friday. I already finished all of them, luckily. Here are some pictures of my switches and me working on them…