Engineering Physics – The class enthusiastically continued with designing mounts for the lasers and sensors for the cart timers. Some kids are really flying with using Onshape, it’s incredible what engagement can draw out from students.
Engineering – I came in over the holidays to finish fixing and setting up my room’s 2 Printrbot Simple 3D printers.
They say it’s important to step away from teaching while on holidays in order to not burn out. I’ve been looking forward to this though, I’m interested in the technology and wanted the time to focus on getting them going.
I haven’t printed much yet. I had to swap out a z-axis, replace and cooling fan and then calibrate the z-axis sensor. I then printed a spacer part that the spools of PLA will sit on. So far things are going ok. Perhaps I will come in again to test print a model of a Greenland paddle, as part of a project I’m designing for Math 8.
Engineering Physics – A few groups had their cart launchers in class today, tweaking them and testing their ability to move from gravitational potential energy. The difficult part will be timing the launch of a projectile while the cart rolls.
Robotics – Some good work was happening in robotics today. Some soldering, some coding, some engineering. This photo shows a few of the grade 12 students that have made some good progress this year in engineering.