Friday, January 27, 2012

Wooden Puzzle Fundraising

We expect to have the website for our online store running this week! You will be able to see the work students have been doing in order to design wooden puzzles for fundraising purposes. Using these puzzles as a fundraiser allows us to be creative and make unique objects to sell. We hope that you will support our InvenTeam and check it out very soon!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

EDD Students Visit Middle School

Today, Engineering Design and Development members Celia D'Agostino, Casey Kerr, and Emma Rocco accompanied Digital Electronics students Sarah and Deirdre in visiting the middle school to inspire young technology students to pursue the path of engineering. Our people brought them various projects they've worked on throughout their high school years, such as a breadboard wired to be a "birthday circuit", and a marble sorter programmed using RoboPro. In return, the eighth graders showed them the "battle bots" they've been working on. Overall, it was a very successful trip. Hopefully the number of students who choose to follow the Project Lead the Way path will skyrocket in the coming years!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mock Middle School Presentation

Today in class EDD members Casey, Celia, and Emma, along with Sarah and Deirdre, sophomores in the Digital Electronics course, gave a mock presentation for their visit to Maple Avenue Middle School on Wednesday.
The presentation highlighted all the fun and interesting projects completed during Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integration and Manufacturing, Biotechnical Engineering, and a quick overview of EDD. The group plans on bringing a variety of completed model projects: puzzle cubes, a breadboarded birthday circuit, a ballistic device, a marble sorter, a laser cut dragon, milled marble mazes, and chocolate molds.
Through the presentation, we are trying to get more entering freshman excited about the opportunities Project Lead the Way offers. Hopefully with girls outnumbering the boys attending, we will encourage more girls to explore the fields of engineering and science!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Skype Meeting with Fifth Graders

Last Thursday, our class met with students from a local elementary school via Skype. We briefly explained our projects and answered lots of questions about both our class and the Project Lead the Way program in general. The elementary school students also told us about their own invention projects. Overall, the meeting was a successful and edifying experience for all involved. We hope to see as many students from that class as possible in a future EDD class!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Saratoga Inventeam Store to be running soon

We will be selling laptop stands and 3d puzzles at our store. All profits will be used to fund student projects. The 3d puzzles are designed to be sold to other project lead the way classes across the country, in order to provide schools with out laser cutters, a resource that they wouldn't normally have. We will also offer a custom order function for project lead the way schools, where they can send us there designs, and we could send them the finished part. More details, and a link to the store will be available soon.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Project Evolution

Only three weeks have passed since we returned from holiday break and every group is making progress!

The Campus Security group had a skype session with Tom Hayes, former member of the Aegis campus security group, and learned a lot. He gave us the name of a Java text book and we have since ordered and received it from amazon.

The 3-D printer group finished a majority of hardware assembly except for the electrical hookups. THey are making progress every day.

Last but certainly not least, the computer cooling group. This group works non-stop every block on their project. Extreme passion has paid off and they just received a 3-D printed, metal part that they designed from a company over seas.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Step 1 of Makerbot Assembly Completed!

After weeks of taking inventory of parts and troubleshooting the best way to assemble, the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic group has successfully completed the construction of their automated build platform! This exciting news has jump-started the journey in building the 3D Printer. They are now on their way to full completion and hope to have the Makerbot ready to go and printing parts within the next few weeks!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

MIT Presentation

Yesterday, we delivered a presentation to Mrs. Eastabrooks (who represented the Lemelson-MIT Foundation) which summarized what we've been working on since the beginning of the year. The presentation, which was delivered by Kelley Florence, Allie Lehane, Josh Nixon, Sam Hyatt, Liam Casey and Casey Kerr, was carried out very professionally. Mrs. Eastabrooks was very helpful in critiquing the presenters, and offering insight as to how to keep our engineering careers on the right track. We are looking forward to speaking with her more in the future.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Presentation with MIT

Tomorrow we will be giving a presentation with Mrs. Eastabrooks of the Lemelson-MIT Foundation to go over our current projects.  We will be discussing our progress thus far as well as our goals for the future.  Each group will be represented by a member of their team so we will hear from the 3D Printer group,  the Self-Contained Submersion Cooling group, and the Campus Security App group.  We will also be speaking about our fundraising efforts and community outreach that we have accomplished and have planned for the rest of the year.  Stay posted to hear how about Mrs. Eastabrooks comments and suggestions for us! 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Progess Reports Due soon

All of our classes progress reports will be finished by the 20th of this month. Goals set last progress report meeting will be evaluated and goals for the next progress report will be set.