I had a lot of trouble making this, but it was still very fun.
Math itself is not creative, so applying creative thinking was not easy. I used some of the basic formulas we learned in class, but also found other resources such as desmos shape bucket, and google images for desmos portraits. I really liked making the eyes and finding the shape for the lips, which used circle formulas and solid shapes that had a table of values. The hardest parts were the hair and eyebrows. I still haven’t found out a way to make the eyebrows look like they are normal rather than mad. However, I liked the end result and overall enjoyed this project.
The functions and relations used for this project varied from linear, non-linear and quadratic. They all had such unique shapes and I was surprised I could even make a face out of the functions.
Step 1: Pull the train ( Mechanical, as it is just pulling, Magnetic because of the train’s magnets which connect it to another train.)
Step 2: The train is attached to the pulley, which is attached to a track that lifts ( Gravitational, as it is a pulley which incorporates something falling to let the other rise, then Mechanical as it results in an object moving mechanically; Track rising)
Step 3: And the marble rolls because of the incline. (Gravitational, so the marble rolls down because of gravity. Then Mechanical, because it rolls.)
Step 4: The marble lets a pre-turned on toy train go, which knocks over a calculator. (Mechanical, as it is moving, Chemical, because of the battery power source, Electrical, for the electricity produced to make it go in the first place.)
Step 5: A pulley attached to the calculator will rise when the calculator drops, which lifts a track. ( Gravitational, as it is a pulley which incorporates something falling to let the other rise, then Mechanical as it results in an object moving mechanically; Track rising)
Step 6: A toy train with no batteries falls due to the incline. (Gravitational because it is falling downwards due to gravity, and Mechanical since it is running on the tracks.)
Step 7: The toy train spins on the track and lands on a lever. (Gravitational because it falls down onto the lever and Mechanical as it results in the train running on the tracks.)
Step 8+9: A pulley that is attached to the lever and a pen drops, so when the toy train lands on the lever the other end goes up, making the pen fall to touch the surface of the cell phone, playing a short sound of applause in congratulations of finishing the cycle. ( Gravitational because the pen falls to touch the surface of the cell phone. Mechanical since the overall motion is the pen falling. Chemical, as the cell phone has Chemical parts, Electrical because of the Chemical parts creating electricity, and Sound as it is produced when the pen touches the cell phone.)
Core Competency Reflection:
I believe that I applied this throughout the whole planning and creation process. The machine needed to be creative but work in the end with no mistakes.
I had a long time struggling with this part, but it was crucial and needed to make the ideas come to life. Simplicity but creativity is hard to balance, so finding the right solutions and making ideas stable was a challenge.
You had the opportunity to speak to several guests with various careers. In a paragraph, please complete a thoughtful and detailed response that includes the answers to the following questions.
Choose one or two of the presenters)
a. Who did you speak to?
b. Did anyone you spoke with or listened to inspire you? Why?
c. Did you hear about a career that you would consider doing?
d. What are the soft skills and hard skills required for this job? Do you possess any of these skills? Do you think you are able to gain the skills needed for this career? How would you go about trying to gain/improve those skills?
e. Did you find the Careers & Conversations morning a valuable experience? Why or why not?
a. I spoke to Rory Morgan, Grace Shyng, and Jason Yeoh.
b. I personally have interest in law, and Rory Morgan explained many things that helped clarify what a lawyer really is, which is much more interesting than first glance.
c. I would consider studying law, and becoming a lawyer is a possibility.
d. I have participated in debate clubs, which hone debating skills, and pinpointing facts. I have learned to condense sentences so they are informative and clear in my previous year at IB. These skills would be useful and would develop even further on the job. I joined the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, which is a problem solving program. I believe that problem solving is important in law.
e. I found this time very valuable, as we were speaking with actually experienced adults who know much better than students