Milestone 3, here we come to overcome you! -Jennifer Chaparro, Ever-Green Design Firm


Hello, Ventura- ers!

Well, I’ve catched up to my schedule now, I am even writing this ahead of time, now thats a record! Well, enough with my talk, lets talk about what we’ve done this past couple of days.



On Monday, April 21, the class divided itself into groups of three or two and worked on finishing the building of the furniture. I had the opportunity of joining one of my classmates in cutting up the cedar wood panels into a certain size for them to be used on covering the built seating benches. This class period was all about wrapping up the building phase, some groups were painting the trailer, others were building, others were cleaning the cedar panels and others were lending a hand on whatever needed to be done. On Wednesday, April 23, the engineering class was introduced to the second part of their 3rd milestone. This part consists of creating two chapters for the e-book that the Project Ventura class is creating, there will be a total of 12 chapters, the Ever-Green design firm has been in charge of the 3rd and 4th chapter which are the History of the Airstream and The Mechanical Advantage and Mechanisms. What we did Wednesday was basically the introduction of this part and a little bit of planning out with your group on what you wanted to accomplish first. The next class period, on Friday, April 25, consisted of everyone working on their chapters, although Ms. Jo was not present, she was having fun in Port Aransas, we all were focused on writing at least 500 words for our chapters. Luckily, our group was able to do this and we our pretty happy with the time we were given in class.

e-bookThis week in the Principles of Engineering class, we had a very calm week, we worked and we accomplished a lot. The project is in its last phase, and it seems like just yesterday we all were freaking out about finishing the first milestone and Itzel having her emotional breakdown while everyone was creating small prototypes. My goal for this DAP project is to prove myself that I did not choose engineering because it was the easiest pathway but because I want to spend my life working in a field that involves a lot of hands on and trial and error. This year, the Project Ventura has made the engineers of Class of 2016 closer and more of an expert in our pathway, we’ve learned that Google Sketchup is our new Inventor, and a Chop Saw is our best friend!

The research that I’ve decided to do will be over 5 home styles, I’ve decided to do this because I’ve been very inspired by the style that we are going to do the interior of the trailer which includes some Moroccan theme into it. The first home style is Cape Cod Homes; these homes can be dated back to 1675, they were a big hit during the 1930s. Cape Cod Homes are typically one story and it features a steep roofline, wood siding, multi-pane windows and hardwood floors. Original Cape Cod Homes were fairly small, they often had dormer windows for extra space, light and ventilation. The next is the Country French- Style home, which consists of one story with narrow windows and paired shutters, steeply pitched roof, stucco walls and a half timbered frame. They can be dated back to the 18th century when the French occupied parts of eastern North America.

Next is the Colonial-Style Homes, these are dated back to 1876, most popular type of homes in the U.S. They usually have two to three stories, fireplaces, brick or wood facades. Their floor plan usually has the kitchen and family room in the first floor and bedrooms in the second. The Victorian Houses are the next on the list, these homes were romantic, distinctive and abundant with detail. They feature a steeply pitched roof, dominant front-facing gable, and a asymmetrical facade with a front porch. The last home I will talk about are the Tudor-Style houses, these homes are based on a variety of late medieval english prototypes. Common features include a steeply pitched roof, prominent cross gable, decorative half-timbering, and tall, narrow windows with small windowpanes. There is many more different types of home styles, these are just a few.

This is it for today, I hope you have a nice morning, afternoon, and/or evening. Toodle li do!





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