Hello once again Project Ventura Followers, I hope everyone is doing well this fine day. We are on the home stretch as we finish up the airstream. So we have gotten a lot done over the last two weeks and we are really moving forward with this amazing and beneficial redesign of the airstream that will be used for the teachers of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. So these last two weeks have been mostly dedicated to building all the furniture for the airstream and also getting everything ready for the huge revival that will be May 23rd hosted in the Ann Richards Cafeteria at 6pm. We have finished building every major piece of furniture in the airstream which includes all parts the couches, seating areas, bookshelf, and counter tops. Once finishing building the frames of these things we have to put on the finishing panels that would allow it to look professional and neat. What we decided on using for our finishing wood was reclaimed cedar wood that came from one of our teachers, Mrs. Ewart’s old closet interior. This reclaimed wood is actually very good to use because you are recycling the wood and it also keeps away terminates and other critters because they don’t like the way it smells so it last longer. In order to use the cedar we have to go through a process of prepping it for usage. It meant that we had to pull out the nails that were in it (which was incredibly difficult), sand it down, and clean it. This process took us around two class periods, but once it was finished we put the cedar to great use. Emma, Abby, and I actually were the first once to start paneling things for the furniture. We had to take all the furniture that need to be paneled out of the airstream and move it to the portable. Then we had to do a bit of measuring to cut the cedar into correct size panels that would work for the certain piece of furniture. Abby was in charge of cutting the wood, while Emma and I used the nail gun to panel. It was the first time I have actually ever used a nail gun before but I found it extremely easy and it actually was very fast, we were able to panel most of the table in a class period. You could say we are paneling towards the finish line (hehe). The only safety precaution was to not point the guy at anyone or point your finger under it at any point. Another interesting thing I learned about the nail gun is that you have to be be careful and make sure that you have enough pressure from the compressor or else the nails won’t go all the way through and you will have to work on taking it out so no one is harmed by it.
Anyway we have gotten a lot done when it comes to building. I will say that I am very surprised how far we are and we will mostly likely be done in time. However, we it comes to building right now we are at a standstill as Mrs. Jo calls it. We used up all the chalk paint so we had to order more from a special store so we have to wait for it to come in. We are also waiting on other supplies so we can finish the airstream so while we wait for everything to come in we have moved on to part B of our milestone 3, which is the writing of the e book. We are going to have 7 chapters in our e book and each group is in charge of a certain section. Sierra and I’s section is Power Tools/Safety and Material Properties. Sierra is in charge of the Power Tools and I am in charge of Material Properties which involves me reading a lot from the textbook. I have learned a lot actually have what certain materials are capable of and so on.
So for research today, since we are writing ebooks I have decided to actually do research of how to write an effective ebook. This way we can make sure our ebook does it purpose by teaching the general public about information we learned while doing the entire year. I went on to a few blogs and websites and the information I gathered was that you need to first decide your audience and since our audience is the public and we are being professional we need to remember to explain everything we talk about thoroughly. Another piece of advice was to get other’s opinions on the topic. This gave me the idea that since Sierra and I are power tools we could interview our class mates to see what they have to say about using the tools, especially since most have never done something like this before. Giving other’s knowledge in an ebook allows readers to understand it more and also helps you with the writing process. Also an important piece of researched I gathered is pay attention to the formatting because it effects the way readers read it and it can also kept them interesting according to a search engine people blog. Lastly talk professional but also be you. Talking or writing as a professional doesn’t mean you sound like a robot, you can also put your voice in it to keep the readers engaged. I remember reading Physics of the Future over the summer and the author Michio Kaku did a great job of making it professional but also not sounding like a robot throughout is book.
We are on the home stretch my friends! I can’t wait for the end product! Okay so that is all I have for now! See you soon and thanks for reading.