Friday, May 20, 2016

Results of My TED Talk

My TED talk went pretty well! I talked for about five minutes about this whole project, and how it turned into a mini model project, and then a bottle rocket project. You can watch it on our Harmony Team Blog. I said in the presentation that if one doesn't count all the learning and researching, it seems as if I didn't do any work at all.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Presentation

TED Talks are tomorrow, and we were allowed to make a 3-slide presentation to put behind us while we present. Here is my presentation. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Update

Hi! This project has kind of slowed down a bit, because I've been pretty busy, what with summer coming and all that. I am now educated fully on how to use the 3D printer; thanks to YouTube and some other helpful websites. Although Tinkercad (the website used for 3D printing) is still a bit confusing, with steady work I can print out something.
My TED talk is coming up soon- remember? It's when each and every seventh-grader participating in this project will go up onstage and give a presentation on their project and what they've accomplished, their successes and failures, and all that. It sounds very stressful. Anyway, it's next Wednesday and I need to prepare for it. I'll try to post a bit about my preparation. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Good new and bad news...

Hi! I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is that my dad and I do not have a mini model finished and complete. The good news is that we have created different ways to build this. One way includes using PVC pipes as a stand, with an attachment for a garden hose and another attachment for air. This would not work for the real jet pack though, the five gallon one. Another way is to cut off the top part of another water bottle and put that on another water bottle (the small kind). This way I can make an airtight seal for both ends of the water bottle. You know; this project is sort of morphing into more of a bottle rocket kind of thing than a jet pack. Oh well. I like bottle rockets too.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Mini Model is actually happening now!

Okay. Here's the news: my dad and I are going to build my mini model this weekend! We'll be using an empty Gatorade bottle (the bigger kind). My dad had an idea of using the cap (since it is already an airtight seal) as a way to make the spring loaded valve. Also, I had a thought that maybe my project will be the mini model and then after the school year's over I can continue it and make the bigger version. After all, I will have a much better understanding of what I'm supposed to do if i continue my project this way. I will have an update on the mini model on or around Monday, if all goes well. Talk to you then!

Friday, April 8, 2016

My Mini Model

Hi! I've decided to make a mini jet pack. Instead of using a five gallon water jug, I'll just be using a regular water bottle
like this- 

and I'm going to 3D print a pressure valve and an exhaust bell. 
I am also going to measure the amount of water that goes the water bottle and find out the ratio for compressed air and water. The goal of this mini model is to learn a bit more about how this will work without trying anything too unsafe. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Checkpoint 1

Hey guys! I have been informed of a new date coming up- Checkpoint 1. We are going to present our recent work to our teachers, proving that we have done some work since Idea Showcase.  I am going to present the miniature model that I have been working on, and my blog. The mini model is made of just a regular bottle of water, although I am having trouble thinking up how the pressure valve will work and attach on there. I have also been researching safety measures on how to work the air compressor and other tools that I need. I have a few weeks to prepare for it, too.