So Much is New, but the Airstream Remains the Same- Gaby Ponce, Dream Designers

Hello everyone!

These past weeks have been very hectic. We all have so much to do in so little time in order to get everything finished by next semester.

Working with wheels and axles during class!

Working with wheels and axles during class!

We’ve been learning many new things during class, like the six simple machines (lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw) and what they do, important vocabulary words regarding mechanisms, and we’ve also been putting our knowledge to the test with labs and such. While I have to admit it’s not the most exciting thing to do, I’m glad that we are learning things that will help us when designing the Airstream. There are a few things that are still a bit fuzzy in my head about the things we’re learning, but I’m sure everything will be cleared up within the next few class periods.

Working hard during POE.

Working hard during POE.

Although it’s been busy, it’s easy to keep up with everything that’s happening during class with our daily journal entries. Keeping up with journal entries has made POE so much easier because it allows me to organize my thoughts and our daily class work.

Interviewing teachers during this week and last week has been really fun! A lot of the teachers have given us valuable feedback that we will be sure to keep in mind while designing the teachers’ common space. A few of the teachers (clients) gave us specific ideas we could use for the Airstream, and one client was very detailed about the pros and cons for each thing we could include in the Airstream (ex. printer, water dispenser). We’ve also been working hard on sketching the Airstream, AKA the whale. I’m sure both of these things, teacher feedback and Airstream sketches, will be valuable resources when actually creating designs of what we would like the finished teachers’ common space to look like.

While creating sketches of the Airstream (one interior and one exterior) I was able to get a

One of our teacher surveys.

One of our teacher surveys.

sense of how things could be organized within the Airstream, and how much can actually fit into the Airstream. From the outside, the Airstream looks big, but from the inside it looks teeny tiny. I’m sure that there is some sort of designing technique that helps pack a lot of stuff into a tiny space, but still make it look and feel spacious.

I have also been looking into “pinspiration” (inspiration on Pinterest) for the Airstream. I’ve found many floor plans and pictures of finished Airstream interiors. I’ve even created a board called “AIRSTREAM TIME” where I keep pins of ideas I like for the Airstream interior and exterior. I have shared the board with one of my other partners who was a Pinterest, Julie Tapia, so the board is a mish mash of her ideas and my ideas. This has allowed us both to get a sense of what each other likes and dislikes for the Airstream. I think this board is a valuable way to communicate with my partner without actually communicating.

Until next time, I hope I have enlightened you with the world of Engineering!

-Gaby Ponce, Dream Designers


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