Projects

Overview

Boat Deck Design
Using the illustrator file you used to make your boat ...
  1. Create a new file containing only the top-view (deck view).
  2. Combine the shape into one continuous path (only the perimeter - no line splitting it in half).
  3. "Offset" the path by +0.5". (this will give you a conservative deck perimeter to work with. You can trim it down in class later)
  4. Within the initial perimeter, you need to create an access hatch and any decorations you want to make.
Electricity
Boat Research
Piracy Project
  • Important Boat Characteristics
    • The only reason this is an assignment is because the class did not participate in the debrief discussion.
    • Due: April 10, first thing in the morning.
    • From the following boat characteristics, choose one that you believe is the most important when trying to build a boat that holds the most weight. Do some research on what makes boats float then explain why you believe that your choice is the best one. Your writing should fill roughly 1 half page. Bring in a hard copy.
    • Options: boat volume, base size,  boat shape (i.e. square), flatness of the bottom of the boat.
Programming - Final Deliverable
  • Goal: build a web app that can simplify the data collection and/or calculation steps for our momentum lab.
    • Minimum: Calculate all of your final data given your raw data. Format and label the input page to make it easy to navigate, understand, and input data.
    • Due: Thursday, 3/21 (end of the day)
    • Bonus Features:
      • Interface with a Google spreadsheet for data entry.
      • Make the graphics really cool.
      • Write this entire script in a spreadsheet (or google site) container.
        • Make custom functions and/or menus.
  • Resources:
MaI Proposal - Critique
  • Document for critique: Momentum & Impulse Challenge
  • Looking at data tables & calculations
    • Do they correspond with the approach and methodology?
    • Is there a space for everything we need to record on the raw data table?
    • Is it clear how we calculate each and every cell in the final data table?
    • Does the formal data table arrive at the final numbers we need to compare?
    • How could we improve the data section?

Programming - Level 4
Level 4
Level 4+

Programming - Level 3

Programming - Level 2
  • Goal: Add a button to your web app that displays text when clicked.
  • Due: Tuesday March 12 (by the end of the day).
  • References:

Programming - Level 1

  • Goal: develop a 'web app' that displays the text "Hello World."
  • Due: Tuesday March 12 (as soon as you get to class).
  • Language: Google Apps Script (basically JavaScript)
  • Environment: Google's Script Editor
  • Tutorial
  • References:

Momentum Song
  • Write a song, poem, or short story that would teach an 8th grader about all these things:
    • momentum- what it is, the equation
    • momentum conservation - what it is
    • collisions- types of and differences between them (include conservation of momentum) 
  • Due: Tuesday, 2/26 @ 8:40am.
  • Turn in a google doc here that includes:
    • The names of the people in your group.
    • The lyrics of your song, poem, or short story.
    • A link to the tune (preferably a karaoke or instrumental version w/o lyrics)
Momentum & Impulse Activity
  • PBJ Examples: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3
  • Draft proposal, due: Friday morning, 2/8/13 [everything should be there, it just isn't refined yet]
  • Final draft, due: Friday afternoon, 2/8/13.
  • Turn-in electronic (FINAL) version here.
Research on Forces
  • Prompt here.
  • Due Wednesday Morning: General Research Complete (including PowerPoint), making progress on sub-topics.
  • All groups will turn in their PowerPoint for credit, only groups selected at random will present (but that could be anyone ... so be prepared).


Project Proposals (Group & Individual)
  • Due: End of the day on Friday, November 16th.
  • What is due individually: (turned in to Mike's box)
    • An abstract for at least one state of your group theory (Final Draft).
    • A glyph for your state(s) (Draft vector file).
  • What is due as a group:
    • All of your states need to have a final abstract and glyph.
    • Theory Proposal (Final!) (Hard Copy, Scott's box)
    • Mechanism Proposal (Final!) (Hard Copy, Scott's box)
    • Mechanism Design (illustrator drawings & final timeline) [illustrator template here] (emailed to Scott)
  • Considerations:
    • All documents must clearly link to one another.  Your mechanism proposal must clearly link to your theory proposal and you drawings and timeline must clearly link to your mechanism proposal.
    • Your sketch should clearly illustrate what your mechanism will do and how it will do it.
      • The mechanism should be fully designed and ready to begin prototyping (at a minimum).
      • Numbering, lettering, and/or annotations should be used wherever possible to clarify motion, design considerations, and specifications.
    • This is a formal submission for the project and is completely individual.
Individual Mechanisms
  • Due: End of the day on Friday, November 2nd.
  • What is due:
    • "Mechanism Proposal - Defining your theory"
    • "Mechanism Proposal - Defining your mechanism"
    • A realistic sketch of your mechanism.
  • Considerations:
    • All documents must clearly link to one another. "Defining your theory" should clearly link to "Defining your mechanism" and "Defining your mechanism" should clearly link to your sketch.
    • All written documents should be neat, clear, and professional (preferably typed, with scanned or digitally drawn images).  Sentences and organization should be clear, concise, and to the point.
    • Your sketch should clearly illustrate what your mechanism will do and how it will do it.
      • The mechanism should be realistic and well thought out.
      • The "class gear" should be shown on your sketch to illustrate how you intend to connect to it.
      • Arrows should clearly designate how things will be moving.
      • Numbering, lettering, and/or annotations should be used wherever possible to clarify what is happening in the mechanism.
    • This is a formal submission for the project and is completely individual.
Laser Cutter Tutorials
  • Name Tag Tutorial
    • Your file should contain all three versions of your name tag (all three parts of the tutorial).
    • Identify which name tag you want printed, and locate it in the top left corner of the workspace.
    • Name your file according to the following conventions: "<first name> <last name> Name Tag.ai" (for example, mine would be "Scott Swaaley Name Tag.ai".
    • Upload your file here: https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B-ptsBCDJBomNW5jOTNaSGpsTzA/edit
  • Gear Making Tutorial
    • Your gears must meet the specifications below:
    • Gear 1:
      • # of teeth: 24
      • tooth spacing: 0.5 inches
      • shaft hole diameter: 0.25 inches
      • Must have the following message engraved on it: "<Your Name> Gear 1"
    • Gear 2:
      • # of teeth: 8
      • tooth spacing: 0.5 inches
      • shaft hole diameter: 0.25 inches
      • Must have the following message engraved on it: "<Your Name> Gear 2"
    • Name your file according to the following conventions: "<first name> <last name> Gears.ai" (for example, mine would be "Scott Swaaley Gears.ai".
    • Upload your file here: https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B-ptsBCDJBomeHhUdWM4NXFadXc/edit
    • Credit will be given based on if your gears fit on a pre-made base.
Automaton Videos
  • Requirements
    • Turn in a proposal on 9/27
    • 30 - 60 s video, posted on your school YouTube account and each of your DPs.
    • Raw footage needs to be available (and accessible) for a progress presentation on 9/28.
    • Final videos are due 10/3 (posted on each group members DP).
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