Engineering Blog Post #4: Reflect and Share

My final product Portable Wind-Powered Mobile Charger



My project was to create a portable wind-powered mobile charger. The original variable of this design is that I added in the “portable” section. It is simply an updated version of the original wind-powered mobile charger I discovered online. After several trials, my prototype did not work. Even though I did not successfully complete my design, but through the building process, I was able to learn about engineering and design which I did not know a lot of. But also showed growth as a student.

Successes in product + process:

Throughout the building process, I personally think that I was successful in overcoming issues and difficulties. Whenever I encountered a problem that I have not met before, I always reflected on myself and tried to overcome those issues by looking for other solutions. For example, during the building process, I had trouble trying to find a way to connect my components together. Though after thinking and research, I decided to use super glue on my prototype. In the past, I would always reach for help, but during the engineering project, I instead reflected on my past knowledge and chose wisely for my decisions. This was definitely a growth in me as a student and as a learner during the engineering project.

Improvements in product + process:

Even though there were parts that I succeeded in the process of creating my product, there are also many improvements that could be made my final product. I think that a crucial reason for the failure in my prototype is the connection between my circuit. Even though I used the correct material for connection, I used the incorrect way for lining up my connections, causing the circuit in my product to mess up. If I was to do this product again, I would most definitely research more so that I will have more of an idea and knowledge about connecting my circuit. I think that there are more improvements that could be done to my final product and during the building process.

Impact of product to the world (environment + potential client + consumer)

My product could impact the world in many different ways. From an environmental perspective, my product would be able to save energy on the planet because unlike other portable chargers with an energy bank, my product is wind-powered. This is a positive impact on the environment. From the potential clients and consumer’s perspective, my product will be more convenient to them than other chargers. For example, in a real-life situation, a portable charger is more convenient than looking for a charging cable and waiting in one spot for their phone to charge. The fact that my product is wind-powered also impacts potential clients and consumers positively. Clients can easily use the charger on cars or bikes or anywhere that they have access to wind. This also means saving money to the clients without the need for energy. These are all positive impacts towards the environment, potential clients, and consumers.

Engineering Blog Post #3: Create and Improve

Finished gathering materials

Starting Prototype #1

Finished Prototype #1

Prototype #1

At first, it was difficult for me to gather all the materials needed for my project and I had to order them one by one. Though after gathering all the materials that I needed, I focused on creating my prototype #1 for two classes and by the end of the last class, I was ready to test my prototype.

There were multiple issues that I went through while I was building my prototype. When I first started to use superglue, I kept on making mistakes and the components were not sticking together very well. Though after a few tries and mistakes, I was able to get the hang of it and proceeded continuously so throughout my building process. This showed my growth and improvement to me as a student and my engineering design.

Engineering Blog Post #2: Develop and Plan

Materials (Portable Wind Powered Charger):

-plywood board

-plastic thread spool

-12v DC motor & plastic propeller

-male to female USB cable

-capacitor 1000UF 25v

-7805 IC

-IN4007 Diode

-General Purpose PCB

-Plastic Box

Time Plan:

Wednesday, Jan. 9 ==> approved sketch and plan + gather materials

Friday, Jan. 11 ==> start creating Wind Powered Charger

Tuesday, Jan 15 ==> continue creating Wind Powered Charger + transfer into Portable Charger

Thursday, Jan 17 ==> finish Prototype +testing + modifications



Engineering Blog Post #1: Define and Inquire

What is this engineering task?

– Design and create a device that transfers energy

What are you thinking about doing? (this can be multiple ideas)

– Designing an original device that could convert and transfer energy

-Using different concepts in physics

-Show creativity in transferring energy

Embed images and links of ideas you like/don’t like


Solar Cell Charger





Don‘t Like:

Portable Wind Generator Cell Charger




ANALYZE those ideas: What are the pros/cons about those ideas?


– The making of a Solar Cell Charger is more simple compared to creating the Portable Wind Generator

– Other devices similar to the Solar Cell Charger might be both easier to make and explains the concept more thoroughly


– The making of the Portable Wind Generator Cell Charger is more difficult

Example: Portable Wind Generator Cell Charger



Almost, Maine – Exploring the text

Examine the title: is it indicative of a conflict or a human condition? Is it symbolic of something else? Is it sarcastic, satiric, humorous or serious? Is it descriptive? Why do you think the author chose it?

The title “Almost, Maine” is described as a location that is almost to Maine, though not yet there in the play. This location of “Almost, Maine” does not exist in the real world. Though just because it is described as “almost” there in play, the location could be seen as a symbolic feature that the playwright is trying to explain or express through the play. The title is a bit sarcastic, maybe even contains a drop of ironic features that the playwright included intentionally. It only describes the location where the play is taken place. I think that the author chose it for a special meaning that is expressed through the play that is yet to be explained and played by the actors.

Read the play: Are there any indications of the meaning? What is the topic? The setting? The theme? The voice (the speaker)? Is there a historical or cultural link?

Putting the title and the play together, it is clear that what the playwright is trying to express is the seldom and difficulty of love. How love is so magical but mysterious at the same time. The play is set in a small town that is almost in Maine, but not yet, which is why the playwright named the title of the play, “Almost, Maine”.  Though after reading the play, I think that the meaning of the title is not only just to explain and give out the location of where the action is taken place, but also symbolizes the relationship between the characters in the play. In all of the scenes, a pair of couples either just met or have broken up in the past. There are tragedies and happy endings that the audience feel the warmth of. Though it is noticed and noted that all of the scenes are actually happening at the same time. During scene eight, “Seeing the thing”, all of the character’s name even appears at the same time. Which further emphasizes the specialty of the play and how everything is happening in unison. The title could be thought of like a mirror that reflects what happened in each scene. There might also be a cultural link between the play and the location of Maine, though that we do not know from prior knowledge and without research.

Study the ending: Where has the play taken you?

The ending of the play ends with an epilogue the same couple from the prologue. In the prologue, the couple parted with an open beginning at the beginning of the play, and at the end of the play, the couple meets again and ends with a happy ending. Such romance makes the title of the play, “Almost, Maine” become real. In the beginning, the two characters, Pete and Ginette, was having trouble getting together and facing each other’s emotions and feelings. The playwright then decides to ditch the prologue and started the scenes with other romance stories in the small town called Almost. Just as the audience was about to forget the storyline from the prologue, the playwright brings it back suddenly and ends sweetly as the couple finally faces their true feelings. This ending had the audience astonished but left the theatre with a warm heart.

Examine the play by parts: Are the acts or scenes symbolic? Is there a purpose for breaking the acts or scenes of specific points?

The prologue started the play with an open ending that left the audiences pondering. Though scene one “Her Heart” brings the audiences to a sentiment but a sweet end. Though scene two, “This Hurts” creates a chemical reaction between the audience and the storyline. The scene once again, like the prologue ends with a sweet and sour feeling that brings thinking and wonders. Scene four, “Getting it Back” makes the audience meditate on the share of love and pure love, even though the couple, Gayle and Lendall, was initially going the break up. So once more the playwright ended the scene with a happy ending. By the time I have realized the repetition in the storyline. I think what the playwright wants to do is to create a comparison between the sweet and sourness of love. How love hurts but is so important at the same time. Even though the scenes are taken action at the same time in unison, there is still such a difference in endings and the product of love. This repetition continues to appear in the storyline until the epilogue where the playwright finishes the play with a happy ending from the start to beginning, no matter how much we’ve been through, we always result with the truest love and emotions.

Determine the tone: What is the author’s attitude toward the subject of the play?

The playwright wanted to express the subject of love, most likely inspired from everyday life. I think that we can feel the playwright’s attitude towards the subject of the play, love, throughout the setting of the play. As the storyline builds, the play clearly has some abnormal and yet magical settings that differentiate from usual love stories. For example, actual heartbreak, actual love, the shrinking to losing hope and the other magical events that occurred in the play all indicate its difference from other love stories. From these scenarios, we can infer that the playwright thinks that love is magical. I personally agree with the attitude of how love is magical. The event and subject of love itself are already magical in a way. Love is nothing but emotions and feelings from hormones. Though just because of these feelings and emotions people like the characters in the play generated, connects a person and person together. This is the magical fragments to love.

WHAT is the play about?

  • Does the play have a clear subject matter, theme or issue?
  • What does it explore or debate?
  • Are there oppositions in the play that drive the drama?
  • What research can you do to help you understand the ideas in the play?

WHO is the play about?

  • IS there a protagonist, an antagonist or a wider ensemble of characters in the play?
  • Is there a single character’s point of view that guides the story? Or is it a multi-person narrative?

WHEN is the play set?

  • What historical period is it set in?
  • Over what period of time does the action take place?
  • Does the play unfold a linear time-frame or does it use multi-narratives?
  • How does the structure of the play help create a clear narrative for the audience?

WHERE is the play set?

  • Where are the scenes situated?
  • How does the play establish a dramatic, visual or metaphorical world?
  • How is a sense of place/location given in the dialogue and stage directions?

WHY is it important?

  • What does the writer want to communicate with the audience?
  • Why does it matter to them?
  • Does it matter to you?
  • What is the genre?



  1. Who is PJ and why was he here? What performance medium does he work in?

PJ is our visiting artist, and he does a lot of physical theatre that involves participation as an ensemble.

2. What are some of the things that you did with him in class? What were some of your favorites?

In class, we did exercises that involves passing energy and using it. For example, passing claps in different ways and also creating improv performances, given a short amount of time. We created scenes and pictures with our bodies and used the physical side of theatre.

My favorite is to create improv pieces with a given theme. For example, in the last class, PJ gave us ten minutes to create a improv piece, combining all the exercises that we have done together. In the end, we created impressing performances and we all participated and put in our best work. This is my favorite because it forces us to explore beyond our comfort zones and picture ourselves in a scenario when we are asked to. As an ensemble, we had to enthusiastically participate in the activity. We had to communicate as a team and collaborate as a whole. This really improved out teamwork and collaboration.

3. What did you notice about yourself through these three classes? About your classmates?

I noticed that I became more outgoing during drama exercises and activities. I can see a great difference between the first class and the third one. I was no longer hesitating to participate and no longer self-conscious during improv activities. I noticed that the same change appeared on my classmates as well. Those who were more self-conscious or sheepish were more outgoing and confident. Those who were confident already grew to interact with the others more, developing to connect and collaborate with the ensemble. Our entire communication improved and the distance in between us decreased. We became more like an ensemble than the beginning.

4. How did this experience expand your knowledge of the performing arts or theatre creation or your physical capabilities?

This experience expanded my knowledge of performing arts through teaching me the importance of physical theatre. I learned that theatre is not just on acting or acting skills, but also with the physical part of body as well. The importance is that how much of a difference you can make with your body and engaging into performing.

  1. How might you be able to USE this experience in further things you create?

I might be able to use this experience in the other theatre pieces that we do as an ensemble. The communication and collaboration skills I received from this experience will support me to further improve me in drama, I will also use the physical theatre skills I learned during the three classes as well.

Physical Theatre 10/11/2018


Using the body to tell a story

Today we had PJ come in!

As an ensemble, we have to be focused and had to be aware of our surroundings. We worked on that today a lot.

Starting with a short warm-up, we participated in different improvisation activities and created many short ensemble pieces.

Practicing these activities helps us focus on our surroundings, which makes us a better ensemble. With the teamwork exercises, we will be able to communicate more and collaborate.

Mini-Devising & Collaborative Project

Little Miss Muffet

Sophia, Alisha, and Amy

1. 3 Sentence description of class today

In today’s class we created a short scene beginning from the start of class. We created our own dance which we later used in the scene. Then we used creativity and collaboration to come up with a scene from the nursery rhymes we were given and included the requirements that we needed to include.

2. Bullet point the steps your group took

  • We first read the nursery rhyme and requirements together as a team
  • We came up with ideas of how to include the requirements
  • We taught each other our dance moves to create a final piece
  • We finalized idea’s with each other and combined them into one scene

3. Your success & failure


We successfully jointed our choreographies together.

We connected ideas between ideas to create an ensemble piece.


We could have included more transitions and dialogues.

We could have included more action and explored more in different areas other than the components required.

We could have explored more with creativity and expanded the piece.

BONUS: Relate this activity to “Ensemble”

As an ensemble, we had to start with communication. Our team members expressed each of our own ideas and related them together. We used respect, we used collaboration. We took risks into playing the roles that we weren’t familiar of, and we stepped out of our comfort zones to achieve what we did not have. To be able to contribute as a ensemble member, we had to focus, to pay attention to our other members of the team. To finish the piece in a set period of time, we had to be efficient, to be able to do what we are supposed to do. These above are all included in the “Effective Ensemble Member Qualities”. Us trying, and achieving these components connects the relationship between this activity, to “Ensemble”.

7 Questions – Stanislavsky

The Seven Questions of Stanislavsky helps shapes the characters that we are playing. Urging us to believe the character.

The Seven Questions of Stanislavsky helps shapes the characters that we are playing. Urging us to believe the character.

7. What must I overcome to get what I want?

To achieve attention from my family members and husband, I must be more confident and live with a positive attitude. I’ll try my hardest to become who I wish I would become and bring attention to myself instead of waiting for it to walk up to me. I must make my husband believe me that all I want is for him to notice me. I must make my family members believe in me.


My imagination was the strongest when Mr. Redman described the scenery to us and the basic outline of the story has been displayed. This makes my imagination stronger because I did not have to focus on creating and imagining my own scene.

My imagination was the weakest when Mr.Redman only described a part of the scene and we had to elaborate on the rest and make our own imaginations. This makes my imagination weaker because I had to come up with my own scene and had to decided between multiple choices. Since I am a bit indecisive, this was hard for me for having to decide on my own scenery.

I faced some challenges when I was trying to focus on my imagination. At first it was fine but as time passes by, I found it harder to focus on imagining on my scenery.