Friday, August 2, 2019

AUGUST 2ND- DEBRIEFING, CERTIFICATES, AND LAST DANCE

LAST DAY DISCUSSION/ DEBRIEFING AND CERTIFICATES:

If you a plan to continue working on your project, put all the pieces into a labeled bin with all your names and at least one of your email addresses on it.

If not, keep the main piece(s) together to be used as an example for future EDW's, etc., and make spare parts available to others.

The Saturday Thing makes it possible to continue working on this and other projects in 4-409 on most Saturdays during the year from 1:30-5:30 PM. Sign up to be on the email list.


Discussion/Feedback Notes:

There should be less time planning/not working on the project at the beginning, as most groups changed after the initial groupings anyways- brainstorming should be done in the final group.

Many thought we got into groups too slow- How can we get into groups more efficiently? Brainstorming and idea-pitching can be done better in groups, with students still able to switch- more tentative groups faster, but more able to switch groups after initial groupings.

Process of coming up with random ideas did not necessarily translate to being useful in final project. 

The ability to do an open-ended project  chosen by the students considered VERY important; in that regard, EDW is fairly unique among summer engineering experiences for high school.

How do we document and keep track of ideas while building so they are aren't just dismissed? Some ideas were turned down because we did not know how to accomplish them.


EDW was much more 'chill' than expected.

Mentors should actively help earlier in the process, both in technical decisions and to do more to help the team dynamics- making sure everyone gets to express their ideas and be heard.

But sometimes we want you to struggle to figure things out on your own.

The mentors do not know everything. Frequently we do not understand your approach. We want you to experience going up dead ends- that is the nature of science and engineering....we don't want to just say "do it our way".

Mentors should lead full group 'design/decision' talks to encourage full group participation.

Groups should do engineering journals/blogs- see 
We should share one another's skills/experiences early on.
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Groups could be set up to have a wide range of skills, using a 'jigsaw' cooperative learning structure, providing specialized training at the beginning in such topics as :
  • 2D and 3D CAD
  • Lasercutting
  • Basic electronics/power management
  • Arduino
  • Machine tools
 with final groups set up to contain an assortment of specialists/'experts'. 

There should be more small introductory projects (such as the Telegraph or the Aurora Bear) designed to both teach skills and help people to know one another, helping team dynamics later on.

There should be a full week at the beginning of a project-based skills class, with brainstorming/decision making along the way.

[One possibility:

 An Arduino project with simple sensors and actuators that involve chassis construction/power management [Recommend using some of Diane Brancazio's Maker workshop teacher training materials]; see also Diane's electronics/Arduino materials at http://designbuildcode.weebly.com/ .

Example:
  • Design a simple wood or corrugated plastic robot chassis using paper mockups and vector design software, and cut it on the lasercutter  or bandsaw and drill holes with drill press
  • Design and 3D print a simple holder for a sensor
  • Layout and assemble a simple robot chassis with Arduino, battery, motor controller and sensor
  • Wire up chassis and code Arduino to respond to sensors
  • Radio control options( Bluetooth or XBee) ]
30 minute passive lectures( DC Circuits, Intro to Arduino) were relatively ineffective vs mini-projects(such as Aurora Bears)Instruction needs to involve active learning- for every few minutes of talking, there should be one or two 'do now' problems , to be followed afterwards with a hands-on sensor lab exercise.

It would be helpful if participants would be able to do online tutorials in basic electronicsCAD, and microcontrollers/ coding prior to the first day of the program [This approach is used successfully in the Beaverworks summer program, using the EdX platform].

Unofficial 'fake start day? Do a week early 'design review'/chat presenting it to an industry professional?

It is considered mostly to very important that the project actually be working at the end.

Participants for EDW are chosen to have a wide range of background, experiences, and interests - engineering skills are not the only criteria. Music, art, drawing, creativity important- showing an interest in ideas whether or not you already have the technical skills to execute those ideas. 

We look for personality- people we (a) want to be around, and (b) will be able to work together and have fun and do creative projects. We want EDW participants to be representative of the larger community- men, women, talents, perspectives- that is where strength in designing rests.




  1.  Store Projects (If still working on)-put all parts in box, label box with name and email; else keep main part of project, put spare parts in proper place.
  2. Clean Shop- woodshop clean and vacuum, metalshop clean and vacuum, tools put away, electrical room clean.
  3. Clean Classroom- wood tables facing front, chairs facing whiteboard, white tables in back, clean bag area.
  4.  Certificates and Pictures
  5. Move Stuff to 4-409.


















LAST DANCE AT EDW:




Thursday, August 1, 2019

AUGUST 1ST- PRESENTATION DAY!





Introduction by Ed Moriarty:




TEAM TABB-TURTLE BOT

BLOG: https://theauspiciousblackbears.blogspot.com/

Team fixed last-minute loose connections and battery issues, to give a great presentation...











TEAM ARMHANDGLO:

Team worked on Bluetooth communication issues, and gave an outstanding presentation which they live-streamed to all the people back home in Barcelona and Ferrara...














TEAM BLOB SQUAD:

Team worked around last-minute wiring issues to give a spirited presentation..




TEAM PNEUMATIC ADDICTS:



TEAM BURTS BOTS:



TEAM TURBOSIX:

With awesome help from Jack Whipple, shop manager and instructor for D-Lab, the team rebuilt the transmission system and gave an super demonstration:












Wednesday, July 31, 2019

EDW-JULY 31sr- LAST BUILD DAY- FINISHING UP

LAST BUILD DAY-- IF ONLY WE HAD 3 MORE DAYS....



TEAM ABBY-TURTLEBOT:

TEAM ABBY IMPROVED THE TURTLESHELL & HEAD, FIXED THE HEAD MECHANISM, AND TROUBLESHOT POWER ISSUES ON THE ARDUINO BOARDS.

BOARDS WERE HEATING UP- SZE RECOMMENDED POWERING THE BOARD THROUGH THE 5V ON THE L298.






RESOLDERED THE NEOPIXEL STRIPS- WORKED, BUT NEED A NEW 5V SUPPLY TO POWER THEM( BATTERY PACK HAD MELTED)

Neatness does matter in circuitry!


TEAM TUR6OSIX  CART:

WORKED TO REMEDY HEATING ISSUES IN THE GEAR SYSTEM.



TEAM MUSICAL INSTRUMENT:



POWER PROBLEM-SUPPLY OVERLOADED- APPEARED TO BE DUE TO A SHORTED CAPACITOR




TEAM BURTS BOTS:


   Jinita creates cool artwork!

    Mentioned :


AMINA LASERCUT CONTROL BOX FOR BURTMOBILE--






TEAM MUSICAL REHAB GLOVE:








TEAM IS RECEIVING UPDATE CODE FOR THE WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SYSTEM FROM THE GROUP IN ITALY







TEAM PNEUMATIC ADDICTS- SOFT ROBOTICS:


  Using vacuum chamber to de-bubble silicone:







   Presentations are Tomorrow!