Category Archives: 6th Tech
Today I finished my automata. This was a long complicated process because just the slightest mistake could cause your entire automata to be messed up. For me, the hardest process making it functional. After that, I got to do the most fun and easiest step, decorating. For my design, I decided to create a bunch of colors. I put pom poms in the corners of my automata. After that, I just put a bunch of colorful things together to finish. This was a really fun project overall.
We are starting a project where we have to make a automata which is basically a complex machine that can make something turn or something go up and down or both. I am planning to make one with gears, axles, cams and followers. My two followers will have a bunny rabbit and a Buddha on top of it. This project looks really fun and I’m really looking forward to doing it.
I have finished my flashlight. It was a fun but hard process. Before we were even able to start building, we had to make a diagram. This was pretty hard because we had to measure and draw everything to scale. After this, I had to cut my PVC pipe. This wasn’t that hard because I already had my pipes length and all I need to do was cut it. Next I solder my cricut. I first cut my wires then soldered my cricut altogether. My circuit consisted of two black wires, one red wire, a LED light, a switch and a battery. Once I finished soldering, I just put my wires into my PVC pipe and closed it up. Finally I colored it.
On a breadboard, the positive side is all connected, so are the negative sides. In the middle, the holes on the number side are all connected. But, the thing in the middle is called the ravine and energy can’t pass through the ravine. We also added wires and lightbulbs to it. The battery’s two sides were on opposite sides. One was on the negative one and one was on the positive one. The lightbulb stretched across the ravine so that the power could pass from one side to another.
This week we started a project where we have to make a miniature person out of copper. We used a long piece of copper about 4 inches long. This piece of copper would be used to make the solder person’s body. After that, we had another piece of wire about an inch long and we are going to use this as the hands. In order to connect the two, we have to solder them together. I haven’t started to solder yet but my person’s body is done. I am still waiting to solder the body to the arms.
Last week, we learned about a new project that we were going to start which is a project where we are going to make three switches. The switches can be anyway you want it to be but after you make three, you’re going to use them for a game. The way that the game is going to work is that there is going to be two other people that each have half a deck of cards. Then, they will throw down a card each at the same time. If one of the cards is red, you will activate the switch closest to the card. If the cards are both red, you will press a middle switch. The goal of the game is to go as fast as you can. This project has to do with driverless cars.
Last week, I learned about atoms. Two days ago, I learned about the periodic table. I learned that in an element a periodic table has the element name, how many atoms there are and it’s atomic weight. For example, above is gold. In the top left, the number 79 is how many atoms gold has. The number of atoms determine the element. The words in the middle are golds name. Au is it’s name on the periodic table of elements. Finally the number on the bottom, 196.97 is the atomic weight.
Two days ago, we learned about the flow of electricity. But today I got to light a lightbulb. The materials I used were a blade switch, a battery, a light bulb, and many wires. It total I used three wires. Two wires were attached to the battery. Then I attached one of the wire to one side of my light bulb. Then I took the other wire and attached it to the blade switch. Then I used one more wire to attach my light bulb to my blade switch. Then I just switched the blade, and then the light bulb lit up.
Ni Hao!!! Last Thursday, Alexandra Mor, a famous jeweler came to our technology class to teach us about a variety of her jewelry. Her main lesson was to teach us about how she saved the elephants. She discovered a kind of nut called a Tagua nut that when peeled, it looks like elephant ivory. This is important because many elephants (not in the U.S) were getting killed for their tusks. She showed us three different Tagua nuts. One was unpeeled, one was peeled and one was carved into an elephant. She also showed us some gems including ruby, emerald and amethyst. This experience made me more conscious about what I buy and how it’s made.