Hello everyone and happy 2014!
A lot has happened since we last spoke (besides Christmas and New Years)- we finished Milestone #1 (big yippee on that), we narrowed the designs down to the top five designs, and we voted on a winning design! We’ve also been hard at work learning about technical skills and materials like beam deflection, and our favorite, the plumb bob!
Finishing Milestone #1 was a massive relief, and also an impressive accomplishment! Designing, calculating energy, and putting together a scale model is no easy feat, and takes time and patience. We were of course very proud of the final product, and our only change would be cutting the windows at the beginning of the scale model assembly, instead of at the end, which made the windows look somewhat sloppy.
Coming back from winter break, we jumped straight into the next phase of Project VENTURA, voting on the final design. First we each gave feedback and scores to the designs, narrowing the designs down to five top designs. Unfortunately, there were a few miscalculations of scores, which moved around some teams last minute, but fortunately, Bel Floratine prevailed at the number four spot! After narrowing it down to the top five designs, we took the scale models to the front office, where the teachers and staff members could vote on their favorite design. We also made some last minute adjustments, like hot gluing a lamp that had fallen over during the break.
Unfortunately, we had trouble getting staff members/clients to vote on their top design, but we got enough votes to know that the team, Dream Designers, had won by a landslide. After helping Gaby Ponce with her finger fiasco, we were happy for her team and honestly believed that their stunning design deserved the crown.
Reading our own feedback, we found that while many people raved about different aspects of our design, many also commented on the lack of space. Looking back on our design, we realized that especially towards the back of the Airstream, there would not have been much space to move around. There would have been ample workspace, but it may have been a bit too crowded, which can be uncomfortable and even stressful. This is just something we need to keep in mind for future designs.
So what do we do next? Soon each team will be creating Google SketchUp models of different aspects of the Dream Designers’ design, and not too long after that, we’ll begin bringing this green design to life!
We may not be able to make a chicken dinner for those Dream Designers, but we sure will make this Airstream into a nice common space!