This is the consequence of our project. When I finished this project, I was so proud of myself. Contrast with the curriculum of Korea, There is no process like engineering that I can learn more active and accept the scientific theory in my whole body. So, At first, it was awkward. But as time went on, I was attracted to this class.
The theory that heat energy converts to kinetic energy isn’t profound knowledge. The problem is that it isn’t easy to realize that principle. At first, we had a plan to use 6 wooden blades and 3 candles to make it spun. Following the first blueprint we did it but we knew our fault shortly. After that, we tried to do various ways to find the proper solution such as changing blades material using a paper box and cooking foil, switching size and numbers of candles, adding blades numbers from 6 to 8, adjusting angles of blades and changing powerful convection current deliver as a Bunsen burner. Despite our efforts, we failed all of them. We felt discouraged and just wasted the time. We discuss each other to overcome this situation. We decided to back to the basics and start work again with a renewed mind. We checked our procedure, method, material, and tools repeatedly. Finally, we found our problem. We should have made a device much more elaborate. For example, using wooden blades is a good idea but we should have considered many things like numbers, size, weight, and angle spontaneously. Additionally, we used two Bunsen burner. Finally, we succeeded in our project. We did it! As a result, we succeeded in the scientific theory of converting convection heat into kinetic energy. However, this device is not practical, assuming that it is commercially available. It is because the device must use a burner, which is difficult to use in everyday life. This is what we left with regret. It is to turn the propeller using heat which can be safely used in everywhere.
Through this experimental project, I learned meaningful lessons.
Don’t hesitate, Just do it
My stance was very passive because I was not only a new student transferred from Korea but my English skill wasn’t fluent. So I just help my partner request until changing my mind. When our team faced on the first fail I thought even though I was not used to this kind of educational environment I had to adapt myself to new circumstances rapidly. After then, I tried to suggest my idea to solve the problem more and more.
There is a solution to every difficulty.
I felt the importance of solving the problem method. I used a logic tree whenever I faced on a difficult situation. I recorded all process, method, material, tools, and result. Even if we experienced much failure than expect we didn’t give up our exploration.
I hope this project will be my motivation to adopt at ISB life. And I sincerely thank for the teachers’ support, classmates’ advice and my partner, Jennifer.