What is this engineering task?
The engineering task is to make a product addressing and solving a certain problem of my choice.
What are you thinking about/interested in doing? (this should be multiple ideas/precedents)
- Self-rocking crib
- Clothes folder
Embed images/links/videos of ideas you like/don’t like – comment on what you like or don’t like, and why.
This is a self rocking baby crib. I personally don’t like this idea because it’s a bit inefficient when it comes to time and resources.
This is a clothes folder, which is useful, but is a bit easy to make.
Define the target audience/ problem/ audience needs you will address.
1st would be for parents that are busy, 2nd for anyone who does laundry, and 3rd is for anyone who microwaves butter.
ANALYZE some of your ideas: What are the pros/cons about each idea? Think about this in the context of the constraints of the project, meeting the needs of the client/audience, etc.
My 1st idea is not very practical, only used for a short time, and resource and time inefficient.
My 2nd idea is practical, however it is very simple.
- What did I do well in the formative Socratic seminar?
Talking without grammar errors
- What do I still need to work on?
A lot of things, “I didn’t speak until 10 minutes in”(Rubric). However, I would like to improve most on contributing more.
- What goals do I have for next time?
I plan to contribute to the discussion by giving insightful comments and questions, since “my comments showed limited understanding of the text”(Self reflection)
- What steps will I take to achieve these goals?
I will prepare more thoroughly and make sure to have analysation of language since I “did not analyse the language choices enough”(Peer reflection)
My original plan was to make a rainbow with clouds at each end. This project is for my baby sister who is due in October. Each strip of color was going to have an LED on it, and random LEDs would light up when some conductive fabric was pressed. If there was spare time I was going to put a music function too. I was going to use 1 red LED, 2 orange LEDs, 2 yellow LEDs, and 1 green LED. It was also going to go onto a blanket.
My original plan is not that different from my current product. I had to cut out the music part because I don’t have a good enough speaker or enough inputs. There were no orange LEDs so I used blue LEDs instead. It is now on a piece of felt that will go onto a blanket because that is more practical. Other than that, there are no changes to my product.
During this project I learned how to sew on snaps, how to plan the conductive thread paths more efficiently, and re-learned how to use a sewing machine. These are all useful skills, so I’m probably going to do this type of thing more in the future, and I’ll make more things for my siblings. The things I’ll make will probably be things like designs on pins or bookmarks for them to wear or use.
My biggest obstacle for this project was that I couldn’t find the necessary materials for my product, so I went home and found what I needed (the white string) and continued on with my project.
One thing I’d like to change about my project is how the spiders move. They move up, but they were also supposed to move down and I really wish that they would’ve gone down.
Overall I think this product was successful because it kind of works, it looks good, and it will probably make my younger brother happy.
Here is some advice for the grade 6 spring trip:
1. Bug spray attracts wasps.
2. Be careful.
3. Don’t make other tribes hostile towards you.
4. Have fun!
The best part of the trip was exploring the place.
I am proud of my prototype because it insulated heat very well and was sturdy. If there was one thing I would do differently, it would be to add more insulators to reduce heat loss. The quality was good because it did not fall apart when put under extreme temperature.