I’ve been going through lot lately, and I thought I was done with blog entries, but I guess I was wrong, again. Well, this entry was supposed to be publish May 12 of 2014, and here I am posting it on May 20th.
What we have been doing for the past week is work on our EBooks and wrap up everything. My group and I were in charge of writing out Chapter 1 and 2, which discusses the History of the Airstream and Mechanical Advantage and Mechanisms. I was assigned to write over Mechanisms and their presence in our real world. Just to give a brief summary of Mechanism: It is basically an assembly of components that allows a machine to function and achieve its purpose. Mechanisms are divided into two categories simple and compound machines. A simple machine has few to no moving parts, and makes work easier by allowing us to use less mechanical effort when moving an object. A compound/complex machines is a combination of more than one simple machines working together. Most of the machines we see today are considered to be compound. With this is mind, the Principles of Engineering class will present their project to a panel of professionals and customers this Friday, in order to accomplish their Cornerstone curriculum and obtain credit.
The class has gone a long way, from staying after school to finish scale models, to coming during the weekends to arrange the interior of the Airstream. The Airstream is in its last stages of restoration and decoration. All we have to do know is mess with a few of the things that we already have to make the final product perfect and usable. The Moroccan theme for the interior looks very good, and it makes the space look bigger than what it appeared to look before.
The research that I am going to be doing today will be over how to make a space look bigger by fooling the eye with 5 tips. The first tip is to use light colors and clever contrasts. Light colors make a room look brighter and bigger, the light colored walls are more reflective making the space feel open and airy. The second tip is lighting is a key element in opening up a space, in other words by allowing natural light to flow freely inside the room, the room opens the interior and makes it look larger. If you have access to natural light, it is recommended to make use of it. It will connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting the space. The third tip is to cut the clutter, always keep your room tidy and organized, with things neatly arranged and out of sight the space will feel orderly and open. Don’t cover your walls with lots of picture, one large painting works better than a group of small paintings. The fourth tip well placed mirrors can do wonders, mirrors can make you room look larger, you can use a focal points and angle your mirrors towards it, this creates an illusion of depth. The last and final step is inspired furniture arrangements, furniture can take lots of space, you can arrange your furniture a certain wait to avoid cluster and cramping. You can use multi-function furniture, or place large pieces of furniture against the wall to open up space in the middle, or scale the furniture to fit the size of the room and don’t block walking pathways. You can also set your furniture at an angle, you can also consider having at least some of the furniture pieces the same color as the walls, these will blend with the room and widen out the room. There are many things you can do to make a small place look bigger, these our just a few tips to get started.
Now, I believe this is my last blog entry of the school year with the Principles of Engineering class. It was very challenging and exciting working on this VENTURA project, I send luck to all the girls this Friday at their presentation. We hope we motivated y’all to get a hammer and start nailing, or start cutting. Toodle li do, and see y’all later. Thank you.