Each and every year during term 3 we have one singular project that is imperative that we succeed in that project is, blue sky. I absolutely adore blue sky for many reasons but the best part is that it gives a whole lot of creative freedom. This creative freedom helps you expand your brain and learning to areas undiscovered.
The Beginning of the End
Around a month ago we were herded into the library and told to sit around the racetracks. This was the begin of blue sky 2018, this is when we were tasked with the impossible job of choosing our topic for this year’s blue sky project. To help us understand the different sections and topics they told us it was like a department store with multiple sections all dedicated for a particular purpose. Little did she know this would wreak havoc across PLP 9. The example was very confusing and she scrapped that idea quickly. After the dust settled I decided that I would be most interested in the Sports section.
Once we had picked sections of interest it was time to brainstorm possible ideas. This is usually the hardest part for many people but this time it came surprisingly easy. My idea was ‘Surf Alert’ a waterproof communication device that could help people on the beach communicate with people surfing out in the water. This idea in my head seemed easy, interesting, and very useful this was the perfect combo, sadly this did not prove to be as easy as expected.
UN’s Sustainable Development
This year we based our topics off the UN’s projected goals for sustainable development. The topics we used were sustainable communities, mental health, quality education, physical health, and responsible consumption and production. These topics helped us segregate are different ideas.
The Launch Cycle
Creating timelines and goals to complete our project is imminent. During this project we used ‘The Launch Cycle’.
L: Look Listen and learn A: Ask Tons of Questions U: Understand the Process or Problem N: Navigate Ideas C: Create a Prototype H: Highlight and Fix
Creating this product was no easy task, I had an idea that I knew close to nothing about an didn’t look back. This project entailed the advanced knowledge of circuitry something that I was lacking. However nothing stops a mind willing to learn so I began researching and working a little bit with my brother to create Prototype 1. To create this prototype I worked on a breadboard (A thin plastic board used to hold electronic components) to assemble my circuit. After hours of blood, sweat and a lot of tears, I was finally finished my prototype.
After finishing my prototype I contacted my man Colin from — — surf shop and talked to him about revising my prototype. He gave me lots of tips and tricks. The most important critic that he gave was to put the device and LED light on the front of the board so it is more visible.
Once given critics I was finally ready to begin creating my last prototype. This time I would create the device without the breadboard and put it in the waterproof seal. This was actually quite easy because by that time I had already mastered this particular circuit. After a lot of soldering and wires, I was finally finished.
In conclusion I feel as though I created a very intresting and useful product, even though it did not succumb to its capabilities. In the future, I hope to make multiple revision and hopefully expand my knowledge of circuitry. This will be me my final post for this year, I will be dreaming of circuits, DI, and Blue Sky over the summer. Zanker OUT!