Hey there everyone, it’s me again here to talk to you guys about what’s going on with this years Engineering project.
So, it’s been pretty weird these past few weeks with all this weather mumbo jumbo going on. Today is the first day we’ve been to engineering class since the 5th of February (that’s a whole 6 days). I’m glad that we could finally get back to work today because we have a lot to get done. Today during class we took some notes on battery banks. It was kind of a refresher from 9th grade physics mixed in with some things we learned last semester during engineering.
During last class we had a visit from Pam Powell from ACC who gave us a little introduction to Google SketchUp and gave us some tips on how to create the lounge area in the front of the Airstream. This was extremely helpful because I know for my group (at least) the couch seems like it will be the most difficult piece of furniture to create. Pam showed us a web page of a woman that is going through sort of the same process we’re going through except she’s trying to build a bed in the space we’re building a couch. The web page showed us pictures of how to go about making the base for the couch. I feel like Pam being there really gave us all some faith that we can actually design and build these furniture pieces. We actually had a mini pep rally during class to get us motivated for milestone 2. Another thing that got me motivated for milestone 2 was seeing last years project that Mrs. Jo has been finishing up.
Pam also quickly demonstrated for our class how to use a chalk line. This chalk line is basically a string that is covered in chalk. You roll the string out of this container and then hold down the string on both ends and have someone else raise the middle of the string up and release it so that it smacks down on the surface. This will leave a straight mark of chalk on the surface that helps with measurements. A chalk line is a bit more practical than rulers, or tape measurers for when you’re marking long straight lines on flat surfaces. I thought this was cool because I’d never heard of a chalk line and it seems like it will be helpful for this project.
After Pam finished with her lesson, we could either choose to go outside to help make measurements for the couch frame using chalk line or we could stay inside to start on designing the couch on Google SketchUp using the tips Pam gave us. Obviously I wasn’t about to go out in the cold, so I stayed inside to help my partner, Faith, start the lounge area. It’s coming along, but we still have a lot to do. The only furniture piece I’ve completed is the work-station tables, and I believe my other partner, Julie, has finished the table that goes with the couch.
Well that’s all for now, but I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated!