Hello there, fellow ad-VENTURA-ers!
It’s been a few weeks since we last spoke, but those few weeks have been action packed!
We’ve done a lot of learning about simple machines (levers, inclined planes, wedges, screws, etc) and actual mechanical advantage and ideal mechanical advantage calculating and experiments. These experiments were difficult because it was the first time we had seen (most of) the formulas, and applying them to real world examples and experiments was tricky, but it made us feel very accomplished when we were finished with the calculations. I’m also excited to see how what we’ve learned with simple machines will be applied to the Airstream. I’ve already thought about pulleys and wheels and axles in our design, so we’ll see what else comes from simple machines.
Speaking on design, the class before last, we were given layout sheets so that we could start designing the Airstream. I was thrilled to plan out my design and then collaborate with my team members, Miranda and Ally. I’d been thinking about a lot of design aspects in the back of my mind, and it was fun to see them come to life in my sketches. Collaborating with my team, I also realized that we’d also thought about a lot of the same ideas in our designs. For example, Ally and I both sketched extended benches that stretched around the majority of the trailer, and had ideas for separate sections of the Airstream. (for example: one section more for work and one section more for recreation and relaxation) Additionally, both Miranda and I’s sketches were based around versatility. What I really want to see in our design is a green design (of course), aesthetically pleasing, versatility, functionality, and conservation of space. I’m thinking about taking a trip to IKEA, the kings and queens of conservation of space, to find some inspiration.
We’ve also been hard at work on our vision/inspiration boards. We’ve used a lot of images from Pinterest, as well as paint samples from Ally’s mom (who is an interior designer) and our Airstream sketches. We still have a bit more to add to our vision board, to fully illustrate our vision.
Following the creation of the vision board came planning. We need to plan our time wisely in order to complete milestone one by December 17th, which counts as our Midterm/Semester 1 final. This milestone entails planning and construction of a scale model, Airstream floor plan, Energy Requirements and Load Calculations, Client survey analysis (and thank you cards), Energy Source Planning, and not to mention everything else we’ve already completed so far in Project VENTURA! We have a lot to do, and next class (after this lovely Thanksgiving Break) we’ll assign some more specified roles and start cracking down! We have fifteen large steps (generally speaking) to finish before the break, and while this seems very daunting, I think as a team, Bel Floratine can get it done!
That’s all I have for now, ad-VENTURA-ers! Next time we meet, we’ll be dangerously close to Winter Break and the holiday season! See you then and have a lovely Thanksgiving!