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Project Management 2010

The project management sections at the end of the course for Tiny eCAR Project has taught me many formatting methods to create a Specification. One method would be using a table, writing the functions of the car and then using the letter “S” if Rachel’s and my small car has that function, “O” for optional and “-” for does not have that function. Another method to make a Specification would to not use a table and write the functions of our car and have a sub-list of the programs that the function can do. With that, you would know whether our small electric car would have that function without the buyer having to choose whether he wants a function in the car or not since it would already have been set into the car. The Manufacturing Specifications is the section of the project where Rachel and I had to research on our materials. We then had to detail the materials with what it was capable of withstanding such as follows: the melting point of the our electric car, the opacity, the elasticity, the homogeneity, etc. The Manufacturing Specifications was somewhat hard since I knew nothing of the materials we were going to use to create our ideal car or how each of the materials were made or formed. The Project Management Circle has taught me that in order to make the ideal car a reality, a time schedule and plan must be created. Not only that, if the workers did not know their responsibilities to achieve the goal then confusion would begin and nothing would be accomplished. Knowing if the manufacturing process is doing well is also very important because if there are any setbacks then thinking of any way to get back on track would be needed since there would be a deadline to make our ideal car real.

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Challenges and How I Overcame Them 2010

Some challenges I had were being completely new to the programs such as AutoCAD, Google Sketch-Up, etc. and to make it harder to learn these programs, I was busy with club activities for about a week or two and had to leave early which made me fee like I was falling a bit behind. To not actually be falling behind, I used all my time during class to work hard and finish my AutoCAD assignments and I managed to finish it and obtained a good mark. Another challenge for me was during the Tiny eCAR Project when my partner was absent for a few days. Althoguh it was a bit hard for me during those days when I would like to hear her opinions, I had to do most of what I could while she was away and decided some things on my own. The last challenge I had during the course was drawing the interior and exterior of Rachel’s and my small electric car because I knew nothing about cars and have never seriously drawn one except for very childish looking cars.

 
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My Process of Learning 2010

What I’ve realized during these two years of being in Technology Design Course is that we are not handed out as much sheets of paper as other classes. I would have preferred sheets of paper rather than reading the hand-outs online with moodle.yrdsb.com because I think it takes away the effectiveness from actual paper sheets where fewer distractions are present. I think my learning style would be more on the kinesthetic and visual learning rather than auditory learning because I tihink a lot about everything where sometimes I would be thinknig about something but at the same time, I would be thinking of nothing at all and becasue I am thinking with most of my time when I’m idle, it tends to block out any noises and voices surrounding me that nothing would reach my mind. Also, i’m not much of an auditory learner because I can’t block out any noises when I’m not thinking and I would hear everything around me that would stray me from what I’m supposed to be listening. I would like to be in the careers of architect or art because it doesn’t limit my ideas and creativity. I dislike being restricted with what I want to do because of what I’m actually capable of accomplishing or what I am allowed to do. Even though I know there are some things such as school rules or expectations on a project that will restrict me but I will still follow the rules put out in front of me because I know that to be able to follow a set of rules put ahead of us is another way of growing up and seeing the outer world for what it is.

 
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Topic-Specific Learning 2010

Through this Technology Design Course, I was taught many things and now, I would like to tell you about what I have learned.

  1. How to draw the basic exterior structures of a car
  2. How to draw the basic interior structures of a car
    • Before doing the project, Tiny eCAR, I did not know how to draw anything accurate that relates to cars but now I know how to draw the bigger parts of the car such as the seats, engine, steering wheel, etc.
  3. How to use AutoCAD
    • One thing I’ve learned in AutoCAD is how to draw the correct diagonal lines when only the angle is given in the diagram.
  4. How to use Google-Sketch Up
    •  Before I was introduced to this program, I knew nothing about it but after having the unit for this program, I have learned many simple tools such as how to rotate, move, draw a line, create a circle, etc.

Some things I’ve realized and learned about the indurstrial and manufacturing world is that to create a product that is appealing and purposeful, a lot of time and thought is needed. For example, while Rachel – who is another student of this class – and I were thinking up ideas for our small electric car, we ran into some ideas that collided with each other. At first, we wanted the back seats in the car to be albe to flip into a mattress for a passenger to rest but then we realized that the electric car could only have a maximum capacity of two and the electric car was supposed to be small which made us make the decision that our mattress idea was not possible.

 
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Design Process and Open-Ended Problem-Solving 2010

The design process overall was fairly easy for me because ideas would just be roaming in my head and because I wanted to use all the ideas into my assignments or projects. I would try to connect them all together in whatever way possible. What was hard for me was putting those ideas onto paper or on a computer program because I tend to think of things I want to do that are way ahead of what I’m capable of at the moment. I always try my best to make it the closest it can in actuality with the idea in my head since I always tend to be able to see the finished product visually in my mind. My first option to making my idea a reality would be “trial and error.” If there’s a program that I need to use to make that idea work out and I’m ot very knowledgable of that program, I would try out the functions and learn as I go. Of course, if there is a manual for whichever program that I would need to use, that would also be a great help to me.

 
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