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Lego NXT: Initial Designs for the Golf Ball Challenge

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Hello everyone! It has been a while since I've been on Blogger. Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! So far, I've been working on some amazing projects in my POE class (Principles Of Engineering). Lego NXT, for example, is one of them.
Functions Currently I am working on the Golf Ball challenge. The robot must move towards a golf ball, which is resting on a brick about three inches tall. The robot must then pick up the golf ball, hold onto it, back up, and roll either under or around a ramp. Then, the robot must place the golf ball onto another brick on the other side of the ramp and allow for it to roll inside a box. Extra points are awarded for speed, and we are only allowed to use three motors.
Systems My partner, Janine, and I decided that we would first try and not use three motors. The robot was already using two motors for the wheels, and neither of us were coding experts, even if NXT is very straightforward to use. We wanted to use some sort of claw that would push t…

GBS Connects (Career Day)

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Today we had a career day! Essentially, many people with a wide arrange of careers came to GBS. Students got to choose which careers they would wish to hear about. I chose to hear about a chiropractor, a civil engineer, a corporate management consultant, an actuary, and a tax accountant. Here's how my experience went on my first career day!


The first person I heard from is Abby Kramer, a chiropractor who is also involved with holistic medicine. This mainly peaked my interest because my mother is a doctor who knows Abby Kramer and is also into holistic medicine herself. Dr. Kramer explained that chiropractic is so much more than just cracking bones! It's about manipulating the body so that it can function better. Dr. Kramer also does marketing planning. Essentially, she is her own boss! One of the downsides to her job is that she has to balance being a physician and being a business owner. It also can be physically and mentally draining. However, she expressed that helping peop…

Puzzle Cube Project

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The puzzle cube project was a great way to learn about Autodesk Inventor. I got to experience the software firsthand and have a ton of fun building the cube! Here is a video showing the final result of the project!


I enjoyed this project for several reasons. I liked building the cube and spray painting it. I also liked using Autodesk Inventor, even though it was confusing at times. This project gave me a bit more insight on what it's like to be an engineer. Autodesk is a super cool program that I'd love to explore further! There were also things I struggled with during this project. First of all, there were so many ways to customize your cube! You could spray paint it, stain it, or laser engrave it. I had a tough time deciding what to do! Originally, I wanted to laser engrave my cube so I could give it to my brother, but time did not allow for that unfortunately. That brings me to the next thing I struggled with. Time was definitely a constraint on this project. I considered m…

Benjamin Latrobe — a few fun facts!

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Benjamin Latrobe
He was one of the first professional architects in AmericaHe was responsible for the Greek/Gothic
Revival style in American buildingsHis first influential project was the State Penitentiary (a jail)He built the Bank of Pennsylvania, the first monument of Greek Revival in AmericaHe was a civil engineermainly in waterworksEngines, steamboats, etcHe studied engineering under John SmeatonJohn Smeaton was a gifted engineer who helped invent the windmill and water mill, among other things

Works cited:

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica (2010). Benjamin Latrobe | American architect. In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Benjamin-Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe (2017). . In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Henry_Latrobe
Images, G. (n.d.). Water Works Centre Square Philadelphia. Retrieved 11 February 2017, from http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/water-works-centre-square-philadelphia-the-first-philadel…

A Growth Mindset vs. a Fixed Mindset

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Hello everyone!
This post will be rather short, but I thought this was interesting.

Many people have wondered if it's possible to change your mindset and how that will affect you. There are several factors that go into this. If students are encouraged to give their best effort, their grades increase. Teachers that challenge their students create a better environment and example for them.
A growth mindset, according to Carol Dweck, is the belief that one's talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others). A fixed mindset is the belief that one's talents are an innate gift.
Having a growth mindset is all about self-worth and positivity. If you believe you can do it, you will! If you give it your best effort, then that's all you can do. This is related to the whole "fake it till you make it" idea. Obviously, easier said than done. It's difficult to have a growth mindset if everyone (and everything) around you has a fixed mi…

The Penny Hockey Project Reflection

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Recently, in PLTW, we completed the penny hockey project, where essentially we used the tools in the Makerspace to create this penny hockey board. We also added electronics, which could be anything from a simple LED circuit or a scoreboard powered by the arduino! Here's a video of the highlights of the project!

A video of my project
I really enjoyed this project! It was fun to get out of our desks and move around for once. The tools were intimidating to use at first, but it was very rewarding to get to create your very own toy. I liked getting to work with other people towards a similar goal, and yet we all were making different things. The possibilities were endless. People were making so many different variations of the standard board, so not only was it interesting to make, but it was also interesting to watch people make it.

I think my favorite part of it all was probably laser engraving! I really enjoyed picking out a design! Using Autodesk Inventor for the first time was qui…

Pimp Your Pumpkin Reflection