Robotics Formative Blog Post

Hello. My name is Simon and this is my robotics formative. There was no collaboration in this project as I worked by myself. In the beginning I had a idea for a claw, but more like a hand that would grab on to something of any shape and would sort of lock on to that state and pick it up. Then I realized how difficult that idea would be so I decided instead to make a claw machine and I needed to find how to make it. I looked at real claw machines and I decided how to make my claw moving. It would look something like this in the end. Next I would install a EVE and the motor onto the claw, which will be dropped down by a lego rope. That’s currently it for now. I hope I can make this machine wireless so that I don’t need to connect all the buttons. The technical process. So basically how this works is that there will be 2 gears, which will allow it to go left or right. To those 2 gears I will have another smaller one which will allow it to go up and down. Then on the smaller one, there will be another motor which pulls in and out a rope which will pull down and up a claw which will close and open. I’ll design a claw machine so that you have somewhere to drop the prize. Making the small motors were much easier than I thought. One of the challenges was that I decided to make most of the motor out of legos, without thinking properly and luckily, not too late behind I realized I should make it out of the metal. I realized I should’ve thought more before making my project as switching from lego made me lose a lot of my time.

How My First Model Looked Before I Realized It Was Too Weak (Long Motors)

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How I Started Changing the Entire Look When I Realized Lego Was Too Weak (Long Motors)

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Small Motors, and How the Rope Will Be Pulled

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SS Unit 2 Review

In social studies so far for unit 2, we are studying chapter 30. I know the problems that can happen if there is too much people in a country such as China. I learned what could happen if a country has too much population. Of the downsides, such as droughts can lead to many deaths at the time before shipping, lots of people mean lots of electricity.

I am aiming for the Armstrong badge. As last time I didn’t try to aim for the Armstrong but I did it anyways. So I think if I try to get the Armstrong badge, that I’d have the potentials to reach the Armstrong badge. I will achieve this by, studying the key words, focusing on the main questions of the unit too.

On my last unit, for my next unit I decided that I would set a goal as to ask my friends or parents to test me the questions or ask them how well I did when I did on the test and that might boost my confidence so that I’m confident and I’m not frustrated during the test. Because when I panic on tests I can’t think properly. This has actually been working a little but isn’t helping me as it isn’t the right timing. As I need to study first. But on the first unit, when I did that, it definitely helped.

For my conferences, it went well as Mr. Pierce said I generally was really good with my grades. But he wanted me to work on my work habits. Such as being organised or being to class on time. My goal is that I should be more organised by cleaning up my locker, as it is a mess.

S.S. Unit 1 Reflection

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In unit 1 for social studies I learned that all maps have distortions as you can’t make a sphere look flat without making it look weird. We also learned about the symbols in maps such as titles, legends, compass roses, grids and scales. We learned about the latitude and longitude and how they have names such as tropic of cancer. We also learned about the hemisphere, continents, and oceans. Earth and where the sun shines as the Earth rotates. We also learned about the geographic setting, Earth’s climate, Earth’s Vegetation, population density, land and resources and regions.

In the survey, I think I wrote down for the most enjoyable thing in the unit is the projects we get to do that is quite random. Because it distracts me from the stress I guess from school and it’s like learning but in a more fun way where kids don’t thinks it’s boring and it is interesting and I think that’s a good way but students learn much better if the subjects are more interesting. As honestly if we only did textbook things, the grade would be lower.

Mr. Pierce awarded me the Neil Armstrong badge, honestly I would lie that I deserve it as it is the best badge. Honestly when I came into class I wasn’t too ready for the test and wasn’t confident. And the work habits were also a bit off so I found that a little surprising.

1 of the learning strategies that didn’t work for me is just looking through the glossary and trying to remember the meanings. It’s just too boring. So I changed to learn while I do projects so it’s a little more interesting and go through the textbook and check with my work so I remember easily without getting bored. So basically I try to learn in fun ways.

I would set a goal as to ask my friends or parents to test me the questions or ask them how well I did when I did on the test and that might boost my confidence so that I’m confident and I’m not frustrated during the test. Because when I panic on tests I can’t think properly.