This semester, the project that I remember the most is the third problem of the week. I really enjoyed it because it was a interesting problem to work with and I took some time to figure out the equation on a white board. I was sure to write down all my notes as well as a proof of concept. It did give me an equation that's pretty useful for every day life and I've used it in other projects as well. Throughout this project I used several habits, namely "Taking Notes," and "Proving the Equation." It did take me a while to write about the problem, so I feel I need to work on that, but I think I did a good job overall.
The project I most remember during the first semester of the year, is the video we made for the Quik Science competition. It really brought to mind how to teach people the relevance of coral conservation. It also improved my communication skills because we required a truly in-depth script and that required constant communication between our team members and the script writer. Writing the script provided some insight into how video scenes are put together and the steps between an idea of a video and the finished product. This insight was useful during the whole semester, as the organization for that time was extremely similar to a video production.
The project most representative of this semester is the Poet Laureate project, in which we researched, wrote, and presented a poem about a historical American event to a group of classmates and parents. Throughout the project, we learned important skills such as professional research sourcing, poem style identification, and public speaking preparation. My poem is still the part of the project I'm most proud of and it shows how far I came from the start to the end, as it embodies the heart of the skills taught throughout. I remember it being quite hard to write the poem according to the rhyming style I chose, as I had to stick to a strict syllable pattern. If I had to go back and redo the project, which would be an enlightening experience, I would have definitely chosen a better event to write about, as the event I had chosen, the commercialization of the internet, was not very interesting.
Earlier in the semester we created a ROV, or Remote Operated Vehicle. These ROV's were designed for underwater use, and thus had to be sufficiently waterproofed. They were to be used for exploration and scientific discovery, especially when related to certain environmental aspects. This project was a serious challenge that I went into with full force. It required us to develeop the frame and wiring as well as solder all of the connections with soldering irons. When we were finished with the ROV's frame, we moved on to electrical and mechanical modifications. My modification was a bank of super bright LED's, which were green in order to be absorbed less by the water. I worked with a partner and my dad in order to figure out the electrical qualifications of the parts, and where to place them on a bread board. I think these skills will benefit me later in life as electrical engineering seems like an interesting career or life skill.