After an introduction of some new materials (acrylic sheets and foam sheets) and how to cut them, we all brought our required tools and materials down to PIRL Terrace to continue our project work. In the gallery of photos below, students are seen working on their individual projects in this new outdoor space.
The light cube projects are trying out the new acrylic sheets for the cube structure. It appears to work better than the material we had at the beginning, as cuts are easier and cleaner. The boat projects are using the foam sheets with a glue gun to prototype their models. We also 3D printed some propellers from Thingiverse to try out with the RC air boats.
The trebuchet creators were given a thorough walk through of the miter saw, and then made their measured cuts under my supervision. They also sanded down their pieces of PVC.
One student completed his Boe-Bot project, and in the video at the bottom of this post, you will see that he programmed it to navigate based upon feedback from its IR sensors.
All projects are in different phases of development, as expected. While some have reached a level of independence and flow, I can spend more time supporting those that need the additional help.