Hello and Welcome back fellow Ventura followers! I hope everyone is enjoying the New Year. Guess What!! New Year means new milestone. Yep, that’s right we are officially done with milestone 1. So, its been a while so let me refresh your memory. Last semester we started out with a bang not only being introduce to project Ventura but also learning about the history of airstream trailers and completing milestone 1. In milestone one all groups had to make their version of a 1:18 scaled model of the 1977 airstream, along with a built in floor plan, and load calculations that told the amount of energy being consumed. Even thought the process was very difficult and consisted of many all nighters we were able to finish our mini whale and all the other parts of the milestone. The hardest part for us was making the two end curves of the trailer because we were using the material of cardboard it was difficult to get it to bend the exact way it did in the real trailer. In order to finish the project on time our engineering class schedule a day were we all stayed after school until 10pm to work on it. It was hectic, and the workday turned into sing along station in order to keep everyone motivated. Anyway we finished the milestone on time and turned it in as our midterm grades.
Then during winter break we all got a 2 week break not to think about airstream trailers and milestones, but those 2 weeks ended swiftly and we jumped right back into the world of engineering. Our first day back we split into groups of three and evaluated and scored each groups modeled airstream. We did this in order to see who would get the top 5 highest scores and those top 5 would move on to be seen by the teachers and the teachers would chose the winning design. This process of evaluating took 2 class periods and the groups judged each airstream model on if the designed floor plan had what the teachers wanted such as appliances and stability. Also everyone was required to write down one criticism and compliment about each design. After the evaluation process the top 5 were scored and chosen and Sierra and I got second. (YAY!!!!)
The 5 designs were then put into the copy room, a common place all teachers go and were there for 2 days so teachers could vote. Only about 20 teachers vote in total but the winner was (drum roll please) DREAM DESIGNERS which consist of Faith, Julie, and Gaby. I am super happy there design won because it will be efficient for the space we have and the floor plan design is the perfect balance of collaboration space and individual space.
Now that the official floor plan is chosen it time to charge right into milestone 2 which is actually building the chosen floor plan and budgeting. Each group will be assigned a certain part of the floor plan to build and they will be in charge of successfully constructing it. I am very excited for this part, we finally get to get our hands dirty and all our ideas will be brought to life. Actually, to make sure we don’t do a terrible job at constructing our assigned parts the last couple classes we have been talking and learning about centroids so that way we know what shapes are more stable in certain positions. We will also have another assignment that will decide the interior décor of the airstream which is things like color modes come into play so look out for interior décor talks in further blogs.
Okay, that’s all I have to share with you today. Thank you so much for following our Project Ventura adventure so far, see ya soon