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.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Time to Get Working!

I think I need to wrap my mind on this- it's time to really move forward on this project. There is ten weeks left of school, and I am not going to go up onto that TED talk stage with only an imaginary jet pack. I need to get working so I can actually complete this project and have fun with it. Also, once I am finished, I am going to post some videos that show the pack in action. But my main goal is to in the next couple of weeks get on with the project!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The TriFold

This is a picture of the trifold I made for Idea Showcase. I had to make it out of a cardboard box, so it is really short.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Idea Showcase

Today was Idea Showcase, and it was really fun! I made a trifold and covered it with descriptions and images of my project. I talked for a long time about my project, and had an interview with my teacher about my progress and the next steps I need to take. I am trying to figure out how to attach all of the pieces together. I am thinking maybe melding, but I don't want to ruin anything. It has to be strong enough to withstand five gallons of pressure, which is a lot. I think that I will have to experiment with the different ways to get them together and find the one that works the best.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Preparing for Idea Showcase

Hi! I am going to begin preparing for Idea Showcase, which is an event where every seventh-grader takes their idea and tells their story on a huge display. I am going to need a cardboard trifold, and then I will be able to put pictures, stories, and a bunch of other things on there. I will post a picture on this blog when it is complete! In the meantime, however, the Tinkercad design is difficult. I don't want to print something only to find out that it is be the wrong size, so I need to take very precise measurements of the water jug and of the exhaust bell, once that is complete.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Exhaust Bell

Hey there! Since I still am working on the Tinkercad design, I have decided to work on making the exhaust bell at home. I want it to be strong enough to withstand the force of the compressed air and water. What material will work best? If you have any suggestions, please comment about it. Also, I have a aquired a skateboard that will work for the test drive. I am getting excited about finishing the jet pack! It will really be a fun thing to own once it is complete.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

This is  a diagram of my jet pack, or what I hope it will look like in the future.

Computer update

          Hi everyone, I have something to say. Over winter break, my Chromebook's internal battery died, so I took it to the tech room to get it fixed. They gave me another, borrowed chromebook to use while the other one got fixed.
          Well, unfortunately, that computer was trash. Seriously. It would not load, and I would always have to use my phone for assignments at school. But thankfully, I got my regular chromebook back yesterday, and I'm happy to say it works great! In fact, I'm writing this blog post on it right now. So now that I have a device that works, it will make it a lot easier to design the pressure valve on Tinkercad. I'll start that soon!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The 3-D Printer

Hello again, I'm here to give my weekly update on the jet pack. I'm working on gathering supplies. But I've checked amazon, eBay and every single website you can think of that might have one, and no luck at all. My teacher suggested that I 3-D print one. I think that is a good idea, but designing one will be hard. I might have to make it in parts, because we have a rather small 3-D printer. But I think it will work. At home, I'm going to measure the diameter of the water bottle's hole, then start designing the pressure valve on tinkercad. Tinkercad is a website designed for designing programs for a 3-D printer. One of my friends is really good with the printer, so I will probably ask her for help. I think I have a good plan for making the jet pack. I hope it will all work out!

Thursday, January 7, 2016


Hello friends! The progress on the jet pack was slow over break, but now that the holiday season is over I am ready to get back into business. I have almost all the supplies. I know that I have been taking a while on this project, but since we have an entire year I am just going to take it slow and steady. That wins the race, right?