Close to the Finish Line -Julie Tapia, Dream Designers

Airstream exterior.

Airstream exterior.

Hello there! I’m back to talk about Project VENTURA one last time. *tear* The school year is almost over, and with that comes the completion of the Airstream restoration. *yay!* Our last Airstream work day is on May 21st and our eBook presentations are May 23rd. We are currently working on the Airstream and simultaneously working on the eBook. The interior of the Airstream looking great already, imagine how amazing it will look once it’s finished. The exterior also looks awesome thanks to the 7th graders; they have really beautified the Airstream’s surroundings with plants. Our eBook progress is also going well. We are going to turn in drafts tomorrow and then polish them so the eBook will be perfect for the day of the presentation.

My “Control Systems” chapter is done and ready to be polished. I wrote about the cool AC system we will install in the Airstream. I briefly talked about it on my last blog but now I will go into  more detail. Its full name is the Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner. I mentioned it was a closed-loop control system because it uses

Aros Air Conditioner (

Aros Smart Air Conditioner

sensors to provide feedback. According to the product description, Dumb window A/C units only give you two options: Leave the air on all day — while burning expensive electricity — or come home to nasty, stuffy summer heat. But not Aros; because Aros is smart.” It can be controlled using the Wink app and it monitors yours schedule, budget, and usage. That might sound creepy but it’s necessary in order for Aros to have your room at the perfect temperature every time you enter. This little stalker will save you on energy costs because… what’s the point of having an AC on all day cooling a room you’re not even in? Aros uses its sensors to keep the room at the temperature you desire, but only when you are actually in the room.

If something is not working out, part of the design process is to make necessary changes. Today, Ms.Jo discussed a necessary change in the Airstream. The bookcase was originally going to be placed in one of the rounded sides of the Airstream but now the counter with stools will go there. The inverter was going to be placed behind the bookcase but now it will be next to the door, underneath a table. The reason for this change is because the inverter needs to be close to the

The Airstream Change

The Airstream Change

appliances it will power (the coffeemaker, the small TV, etc). The overall look of the Airstream will be nicer and less cluttered. I think this change is great because, although things were moved around, all the components are still there.

And to conclude this blog, here is a quote by Norah Jones: “When something’s ending, you go through so many phases, and it can be frustrating. But once you’re out on the other side, it’s like you can really see all the crazy phases you went through.”


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