Week 6 (Oct.10 – 14)

Friday, October 14th

Applied Technology 6-2

Bridges need more work. I see lots of good progress, but more time focusing on the plans are needed. We are going to have more time for construction – and I’m giving all classes at least 2 extra build sessions.

Woodworking 8-2

We are working on bowls and other projects. I need to see more time being into the design and planning stages. I expect that students are able to plan and cut wood for their projects.

The gum-ball machine is yet another project that could be a fantastic edition to your collection.

Science 7

Well, it looks like everyone is needing a few extra days to get these projects done. I need a few days to prepare as well – as some elements require more time to source. Time is needed to be used more effectively on the creation of these presentations.


Thursday, October 13th 

Applied Technology 6-1, 6-2

Bridges need more work. I see lots of good progress, but more time focusing on the plans are needed. We are going to have more time for construction.

Applied Technology 7

We are continuing to work on the CO2 cars. Next week we will turn our attention to model rockets and go over the regulations and expectations. Glad that everyone was able to make the launch.

Science 7

Last day for the Science 7 Element project. Tomorrow we will be presenting in class. Please share your presentations. I’ll post these projects online once they are completed.

Woodworking 8-1

We are working on bowls and other projects. I need to see more time being into the design and planning stages. I expect that students are able to plan and cut wood for their projects.

The gum-ball machine is yet another project that could be a fantastic edition to your collection.


Highlights from the rocket launch – Oct.12th – first of the season.

The rocket launching went smoothly today. All rockets were recovered and were undamaged. The Goldstream News was out taking photos of the launch! How cool is that!

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Now for some numbers:

Our first launch was the Lil’ Nuke. Our Jolly Logic Altimeter reads –1089 meters (altitude) @ 293 m/sec velocity (1054.8 km/h peak)

The AstroBee D was the second and appeared to be faster and more powerful. Not so. It was much slower and didn’t go as high. The motor appears to be larger but it is in-fact a smaller average thrust over a slightly longer burn time. The propellant itself is meant for simulation launches, hence, why it sounds louder. This is typical of white lightning propellent. For this reason, this type of propellant is employed in the special effects industry.

The jolly logic altimeter reads – 

729 meters (altitude) @ 152 m/sec velocity (547 km/h peak)


Wednesday, October 12th

Woodshop 8-2

Gumball Machine – an idea.

PDF Plans are linked below:

http://www.toddfun.com/wooden_mason_jar_candy_machine_plans.pdf

Here is the web blog:

http://www.toddfun.com/2014/12/29/easy-to-build-wooden-mason-jar-candy-machine/

We are continuing to work on bowls, boxes and other projects of your own design. Safety is critical and we will be discussing safety concerns and work related issues. Seems like we need some refocusing.

Applied Technology 6-2

We are continuing to build on these bridges. More work is needed. We have exactly 1 more full week to build. It is critical that time is being used effectively.

Applied Technology 7-2

  • please see the announcement below – we taking a class to observe AP fuel rocketry. 

re: Major Events


Major Event this week!

First large-scale rocket launch of the school year

This coming Wednesday, October 12th, Applied Technology 7 will be heading to the Colwood Allandale gravel quarry site for our first set of rocket launches of the season. This event will occur during the last block of the day (2:18pm – 3:10pm). The launch will happen at approximately 2:30pm. It will take us about 12-15 minutes to walk from Dunsmuir to the launch site located here: https://www.google.ca/maps/@48.4267139,-123.4971886,19z

If the weather forecast holds up – we will have a calm, partially cloudy day. The weather will deteriorate late Thursday evening according to the latest weather forecast.

Now for a little back-story >>> In mid-April 2016 – the last Grade 7 Applied Technology class was unable to launch any rockets due to the increased fire risk.
Many of those students from this group are now waiting for an opportunity to see their creations take flight.

Applied Technology 7-4 group (now in Grade 8) was in charge of building the high-flying Lil’ Nuke rocket in the spring which is done up in an army camouflage paint job. We will be flying this rocket first. Next, we will launch the 5ft tall – AstroBee D sounding rocket. This rocket will be traveling as fast as a commercial airliner at burnout. Meanwhile, the rocket will be recording the entire flight on a full frame (1080P) HD camera system while sampling the air, calculating peak airspeed and altitude.
All going well, these should be very textbook launches. If you are out on Dunsmuir’s backfield looking towards Triangle Mountain at 2:30pm that day, you should be able to see the rocket contrail over the tree line.

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Guests are welcomed to attend.

Safety is paramount during these launches. We will maintain a 30 meter parameter from the launch pad for all spectators.
The Colwood Fire Department is on standby as well.


Tuesday, October 11th 

Science 7:  We are wrapping up the construction of the digital presentations in the computer lab. Those who have finished should be working on their script for the presentation happening on this upcoming Friday.

A rubric will be handed out today that will be used to grade your presentation. There is also a checklist attached that you will be checking and handing back today as well.

Click here to download the rubric and checklist combo.

Make your necessary corrections today. If you need more time, then you’ll need to take home the project and work on it at lunch or after school. Also, for those students who aren’t keen on standing up, it possible to record a narration using audio recording equipment. I will have this equipment ready tomorrow.

Applied Technology 6-1:

We are continuing to build on these bridges. More work is needed. We have exactly 1 more full week to build. It is critical that time is being used effectively.

Woodshop 8-1: 

Gumball Machine – an idea.

PDF Plans are linked below:

http://www.toddfun.com/wooden_mason_jar_candy_machine_plans.pdf

Here is the web blog:

http://www.toddfun.com/2014/12/29/easy-to-build-wooden-mason-jar-candy-machine/

We are continuing to work on bowls, boxes and other projects of your own design. Safety is critical and we will be discussing safety concerns and work related issues. Seems like we need some refocusing.