Hello again lovely blog followers,
We are doing really well in class with the furniture planning. We have begun to use Google sketch up to work on our individual pieces of furniture. Pam Powell from ACC has come to talk to us about different things to keep in mind for our project and our building process. Pam Powell shared really good tips with us on what we should include in our furniture plans and how to approach it. She talked about different angles and wood techniques on how we should approach the coach as well as the bookshelf. She recommended that we use a toe tuck on our bookshelves. She shared with us how to do chalk lines to help us plan out angles and floor plans that we would build on. We went outside to the trailer and she showed us how to mark on the floor with the chalk line she had. We first roll out the string with chalk along the length where we want it to mark then we hold tight on both ends and you pull up from the middle and release, and then a line is created on the floor. We also talked about different materials to use for the bookshelf and long tables. We have discussed going to ACC’s wood shop to practice our skills with power tools. I can’t wait till we get to finally build.
One major Part of our project is the electricity and the electronics that will be placed inside of the trailer. We haven’t planned out the wiring of the airstream yet so we will include poles in the floor plan that we will be able to come back to later and add in the wiring. By doing this we will be able to continue with our building and not having to wait for wiring to be done. To go along with electricity, in class we have begun to look at different deep cycle batteries that we will be able to use for the airstream this way when we build the bookshelf we will leave space for the battery behind it. Ms.Jo taught is how to calculate how many batteries we will need and how they will have to be set up (parallel or series). I enjoy calculating energy so I hope that we will get to wiring soon.
This past Friday during advisory I was able to go look at the 7th graders progress on the gardens that they plan on putting outside of the trailer. It was really cool to look at the ideas they had, my personal favorite was the salad garden idea. I liked that, that group had vegetables that would be able to grow here in Texas and could be combined to make a salad and that they had an assortment of flowers that would be pleasing to the eye. I was also impressed with their work on Google sketch up. I am looking forward to look at other 7th grade group’s ideas.
I will be back soon with another update of our Ventura Project, but until now….
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