Explain how it works/doesn’t work using scientific terminology
The final product almost worked by showing the energy transfer from solar panels to electricity, which powers the motor. However, two wires disconnected because of the unstable soldering, so I had to hold them together. It was hard to keep it stable from how one connected to a motor, so the motor did not move at a constant speed.
Explain the areas you were successful in the product/process
I have developed various techniques such as wiring for the circuit and soldering through this engineering design project. Even though the first prototype did not work really well during the process, I have made it work successfully in the end. The final product turned out to be very well, it primarily works if I had the wire that connects to the motor connect better (not disconnecting at the end), it would then work perfectly. I was also successful in designing the outcome, which has looked good at the end. Having a magnet under the box to locate anything you want by sticking a magnet underneath improves the product’s function.
Explain the areas you need to improve in the product/process
Some areas that I still need improve on are organizing my time better and improving my skill of making the circuit. I did not plan my time well, which led to a rush at the end for the product. I have spent a considerable amount of time making the box that was unnecessary to spend that much time. During the process of making the circuit, I had several problems of connecting, finding out how each of the wires should be connected, the positive ones to negative. I still need to improve more on soldering the wires together more stable for the final product. Before the day of presenting, when I was combining the box with the circuit, two wires disconnected, so when presenting, I had to hold the two wires so that they touched each other, which was hard to keep stable since the motor is constantly moving fast.
Explain the impact of this project on the environment and the potential client/consumer/audience.
Because I have changed a bit of the function of my designed product, looking at how there was no material for it, my targeted audience has changed, stated above. The final product is a box that you can put on your desk and during the day, it will generate solar power, which transfers into electricity through the circuit and then powers the motor. The speed of the motor will depend on how much solar power the panels are getting. The box has an open side, which allows the audience to study how energy transfer works. The final product also has a magnet underneath the box, with another note stand and a magnet attached, which improves the function. User can also stick a magnet under other product that fits in and locate it in the box. The energy transfer box allows the user to understand energy transfer while having a stand for notes or a place for other small products to be located. The outside of the box is made from recyclable materials, cardboard, and wooden sticks. Unfortunately, the circuit is not, but the energy that it transfers is recyclable.