April and May 2013

posted Apr 14, 2013, 11:07 AM by Michael Reilly

From this point on, we will be reviewing 20 questions per week from Final Exam Review. (They have printed and handed out to you.)
April 1 - #1-20
April 15 - #21-40
April 22 - #41-60
April 29 - #61-80
May 5 - #81-100

The last week listed might change, due to testing, etc.

Also, I will be looking for a Performance Final, due April 28.  You should choose to have something done either virtually (software) or physically by then.  I expect a proposal (written description) of what you will be doing by April 19.  We can clarify this together so expectations will be shared by both of us.

Week of Jan. 7 - Jan. 18

posted Jan 6, 2013, 4:05 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 4:08 AM ]

We have 2 foci:
  • FIRST robotics
  • Energy and Power
Let's cover this topic on Tuesday:
  • Simple Machines - see the files below, and understand their content.  
  • We will have a test on them on Thursday, Jan. 17
  • There will be questions on the test related to the FIRST robot design that we are developing.

Week of November 26

posted Nov 25, 2012, 7:06 PM by Michael Reilly

You started your Performance Final, and you will continue it this week.  I will be looking for significant progress on that when I return, no more time for the other projects unless you finish your performance final first.

Week of October 22

posted Oct 21, 2012, 11:42 AM by Michael Reilly

We will review Newton's Laws of Physics this week, maybe even test this week.  We'll see how the review goes.

In the meantime, you should be finishing up the model for the "kitbot on steroids", and helping out with the robot parts.

Week of October 1

posted Sep 30, 2012, 10:31 AM by Michael Reilly

We introduced the Energy and Power curriculum last week.  We will test on it this Tuesday, and introduce the next topic that day as well.

In the meantime, we have begun our FIRST Robotics Team, #4509, the "Mechanical Bulls" of Lanier High!

With Inventor, you should have finished the robot base assembly, and the next accomplishment is the assembly of the motors and plate.

Once finished with the motors and plate, time to find gears that mesh and assemble!  Use for parts!

Week of Sept. 24

posted Sep 23, 2012, 5:47 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Sep 23, 2012, 5:48 PM ]

We need to shift some focus this week to more official curriculum items.  See the files on the Files page for specific documents.

We will try to review the first 2 units (unit 2 and unit 3) this week.  A bit rapid, but we need to catch up.

Week of Sept. 17

posted Sep 17, 2012, 3:45 AM by Michael Reilly

Stages you should be at:

Week of Sept. 10

posted Sep 9, 2012, 6:08 PM by Michael Reilly

The use of Inventor is well underway!  While 3DS Max is fun, entertaining, Inventor is very real, tangible stuff that will be physically made!

Order of "things to do":
  1. Make the robot sides 
  2. Assemble the robot sides, making sure to have a "project folder" assigned in Inventor.
    (Some are done up to here already.)
  3. I have downloaded the FIRST robotics parts.  We will begin to understand them, in order to arrange them.
  4. Import and arrange FIRST robotics parts.  We will find that we might need to locate others, and we will.  Most of the work at this point is assembly, not design.

Week of Sept. 4

posted Sep 6, 2012, 3:21 AM by Michael Reilly

This week you should be finishing up the assembly of the robot base.  If you have a project folder set up correctly, all you should have to do is constrain the parts to each other.

I will be reviewing the base for accuracy, then you will get the FIRST robotics parts to virtually assemble inside of the base.  We will talk a bit about the parts, and I hope to have a full FIRST robot to show you.

Week of August 27

posted Aug 26, 2012, 11:22 AM by Michael Reilly

And this week you are different from the others!!

You started re-learning Inventor this past week.  By now you should have a base side.

The goal of this week is to finish all sides (split them between the two teams), and then share the ones you made in order to complete an assembly.  You will be graded on the quality of sides, and the accuracy of assembly.

I will review "constraints" with you on Monday, both dimensions and alignment.

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