Process Journal MEASURING AND MARKING OUT DAYWednesday March 23rd 2011What were the tools you used, materials and steps followed In Today’s Design Technology class we started our Movie itproject. We first had to choose what kind of wood we wanted to workwith, the thick one or the thin one. This depended on how we wanted ourtoy to look, but at the same time we had to remember that theses toysare for kids and that they can’t carry heavy woods. After choosing thewood, I started drawing my snail’s body on there. In order to do thisdrawing I used a pencil. After this I had to draw the round shell of thesnail too. So I made one shell on the same wood I had made my snail’sbody. In order to make a perfect circle, I used a compass with a pencil.Photographs or sketches with annotationI am drawing the snail’s I first tried using the roundbody with a pencil on the jig for my snail’s shell, butwood. it was a bit too big. So I then started using a compass to make a perfect circle.
What’s next in the process? Today, was the measuring and marking out day which I hadcompleted, the next step that I will be moving on in next class of DesignTechnology is cutting. I will have to do a lot of cutting. I would have tosnail’s body, the two shells. This is going to take me a lot of time, as thisis the main part of the project, the snail’s body shape. In order to makesure my toy turns out as I had planned out, I will have to devote a goodamount of time in the cutting of my body and shells shapes of the snail.Emotions –how you felt about the day and why Today’s class was enjoying like always. Going in Design Technologylab can never be boring or frustrating for me, I am always excitedwhenever I go in there as I always get to learn something new. I wasexcited because obviously I had never made a moving toy before, and thiswas my first time I was focusing on each and every step that would leadme to my finish product of a moving toy. I liked my design of the snail,and the idea of shells moving on top if it, I think that would beinteresting for kids, which is why I was so excited for this project. I wasa bit scared though, because my design was turning difficult, and theconstruction part would be hard, because when Mr. Anderson wasexplaining to me how I would have to make my design, I was just worriedif I would be able to do so much. But overall, this class was fun and Ienjoyed it thoroughly.Learner Profile and A.O.I connections In Today’s Design Technology class I was an inquirer. This isbecause I still did not have a clear idea of how my toy was going to looklike, how all the parts are going to fit together and at the same time howwill the parts move. And so in order to clear my doubts I had to go Mr.Anderson a couple of time. After he explained me thorough process ofthe construction I finally understood it. The Area of Interaction I couldlink today’s class would be with Human Ingenuity, because obviouslyanything we make in Design Technology class is the student’s original idea,and this was the beginning of a new toy I was going to make, with myoriginal idea.
CUTTING THE BODY DAYThursday March 24th 2011What I did and Why? In today’s design technology class, I started cutting the shape ofmy snail’s body. I had already drawn it last class so all I had to do was tocut the shape. In order to cut the shape I had to fix the wooden piece ina bench hook, and then I used a coping saw to cut the curvy shape of thesnail’s body. At first it was a bit difficult to use, because I was not use toturning the coping saw as my snail’s body was curvy, so I then asked Mr.Anderson and he told me that in order to get the curvy shape of thesnail’s body I would have to turn it while cutting it.Photographs or sketches with annotation Before cutting my snail, I As you can see in this had to fix my wooden piece image, I am using a coping firm in the bench hook. saw to cut the body of my snail. This is how my snail’s body looked after today’s class.
What’s next in the process? The next step in this process of building a moving toy would be tocut the shell of the snail. I have already drawn one shell on a woodenpiece, after cutting that shell; I will be drawing another shell with thesame size on another piece of wood. Then I would cut both of those shellsso that they could be stuck together in my moving toy.Emotions –how you felt about the day and why In today’s design technology class I had a fun like all the otherclasses. I felt satisfied and contended today, because I was down to thefirst step of the construction of my moving toy: to cut the snail’s body. Iwas happy as well, because this was something I had never done before,last year I had a made a stool, but I had never mad e a moving toy andthis very exciting fro me, since it was the first time. I felt like I hadcomplete a huge mission of cutting the snail’s body although it was justthe beginning, this is because I am not really good with coping saws. Lastyear I had broken a couple of them, and I was really afraid that I breakone during this project to, but thankfully nothing like that happened as Ihad my full concentration and focus towards my work and I did not getdistracted. I made sure I follow the rules of using a coping saw and thatis how I did not break it.Learner Profile and A.O.I connections In Today’s design technology class the learner profiles I followedtoday was being a knowledgeable person. This is because when I was usinga coping saw I was afraid, but I always seeked the assistance of Mr.Anderson so that whenever I had a difficulty it would not result in mebreaking the coping saw. Whenever he instructed me what to do, madesure I followed those instructions in order to cut my snail’s body. Anotherlearner profile I followed was that of being a caring person, becauseMarley had asked me for help a couple of time, this is because she is newto design technology and me being a student for a continuous 2 years, wasexperienced, and so I helped her solve her few problems. The Area ofInteraction I followed in today’s class was that of health and socialeducation, because as always I wore an apron, to make sure that no paintor harmful design Technology material fall or spill on my clothes.
CUTTING THE SNAIL’S SHELLMonday March 28th 2011What I did and Why? In Today’s Design Technology class, I finally cut my shell. Thecircular part. It took a lot of manpower, and energy to do so. After that Ihad a few bumpy parts that Mr. Anderson told me I could cut, so that Iwould not have to do a lot of disc-sanding. After getting my first piece ofshell done, I had to do another one. I used a compass to get an accuratecircle. I then positioned my wood straight in the bench hook and used acoping saw to cut it.Photographs or sketches with annotation I used a coping saw to cut This is how my snail’s shell my circular shell shape for looked like after I cut it my snail’s body with a coping saw. I then started to cut the second shell of my snail, in order to do this I first positioned it parallel to the benches on a bench hook.
What’s next in the process? Now that I have cut my first shell, I have moved on to the nextstep, which is measuring and marking out my second shell. Since I hadsome time at the end of today’s lesson I had already accomplished thattask. The next thing that comes in this process of making the moving toyis to cut the second shell. In order to do this I will use a coping saw.After cutting the second shell I will move on to the next step which willbe to start measuring and marking out the wheels.Emotions –how you felt about the day and why In Today’s Design technology class I had fun cutting my shell,because I had never cut a circular shape before, so this was a goodexperience for me. I was doing well with the coping saw, but obviously Ihad forgotten the most important rule when using a coping saw which is tonever twist it when cutting the shape. And that is what went wrong intoday’s lesson. I was so determined to cut the shape, that by accident Ikind twisted the blade and it broke. I was sad as I thought I would notrepeat the same mistake I had done in my previous years of designtechnology. But I guess practice makes a man perfect, I have learnt onething that no matter how close you are to completing your task, never letloose until the end. That is how I will not break my coping saw from nexttime, if I am focused and have my full concentration on using it correctlyand accurately.Learner Profile and A.O.I connections In Today’s Design Technology class the learner profile I followedwas being reflective. After breaking the coping saw, I tried to find outthe reason why I broke out. When I figured it out, I still used the copingsaw and made sure I use it in the correct way so that I don’t make themistake of breaking it again. The second learner profile I followed todaywas of being a thinker, because when I was cutting my circular shape, itwas a difficult job for me as it was not a shape with straight sides, ittook me a few tries with the tools in order to get it right, but eventuallyI got used to it. I had to think a lot of how to position my wooden pieceon the vice so that I can cut straight through my wooden piece with acoping saw. The Area Of Interaction I followed in today’s class was beingenvironmental, as when I cut my circular shapes I had a huge piece ofwood left and instead of throwing it in the garbage I conserved it bykeeping it in the other wooden box, where other classes could reuse it forother subjects.
CUTTING AND GLUING THE SNAIL’S SHELL Wednesday March 30th 2011 What I did and Why? In Today’s Design Technology class I used the class extremely productively. I first continued cutting the second shell of my snail’s body. In order to cut the shell I first positioned it straight in a bench hook and the proceeded it to cut it with a coping saw. After cutting the shell, I had two circular wooden shapes; I then glued them both together with the help of PVA glue. In order to hold it strongly together, I nailed 3 nails at either side of the shell. In order to do this I used a hammer. Mr. Anderson told that it would be better if I hammer the nails deep in the wood as that would hold both the pieces of wood strongly together. I did this with the help of a chisel. I first positioned it on top of the nail, and then I hammered it with a hammer. After gluing these two pieces together, I then proceeded to move on to the next step, which was rounding the edges. My circular shapes had a few sharp edges and so I moved on to the next step, which was to disc-sand it. I wore my goggles, and using the disc-sander to turn my shell into a perfect circle. After that I move don to the next step, which was to start cutting my wheels. This was done quickly as the wheels were already marked. I put the drill bit in the pedestral drill, and started drilling my wheels. After today’s class I was done with my small wheels too. Photographs or sketches with annotationI used PVA glue I then nailed three nails at After that, I disc-sanded myto hold the snail’s either side of the shell so shell so that it could be ashell that it could hold the shell perfect circle. strongly together. I then measured and marked out the wheels This is how my wheel and started using the looked like after today’s pedestral drill to cut the class. wheels.
What’s next in the process? The next step in the construction of my moving toy would be toostart measuring and marking out the big wheels. I will do this the nextlesson. I think after measuring and marking out these wheels, I will haveplenty of time left to cut these wheels too. After cutting these wheels, Iwill have to cut the axles.Emotions –how you felt about the day and why I enjoyed today’s class A LOT because there were a variety of newthings I did today that helped me get a better understanding of designtechnology. And more than ever I was satisfied, as for a lot of classesthe only thing I was doing was cutting with a coping saw, and today wasthe class I moved on from that step went on with other processes. I feltlike I had accomplished a huge task after cutting my two circular woodenshapes. This was because the cutting part was difficult as it was donewith a coping saw, and I am not that good at handling coping saws, socutting these shapes was a big task for me, and on my way I had alsobroken one. In Today’s design technology class I also felt satisfied andextremely happy because I had done quite a lot of work. I had glued bothmy shells together, I disc-sand them. I was also done cutting my 4 smallwheels. This gave me a feeling of happiness as I started enjoying thisproject more than ever, since getting things done was difficult but at theend of the day my hard work paid off.Learner Profile and A.O.I connections In Today’s Design Technology the learner profile I followed was ofbeing knowledgeable, as I had used different processes in order todifferent types of works in today’s class. When using the pedestral drillto drill my wheels, I had to use my knowledge that Mr. Anderson hadgiven us about pedestral drill. I used it well, as my wheels turned outgood. The Area of Interaction I followed in today’s class was ApproachesTo learning, as I had learnt quite a few new processed of working onDesign technology projects today’s. I made sure I grasp this newinformation so that it could help me for the future.
MEASURING AND CUTTING THE BIG WHEELS Thursday March 31st 2011 What I did and Why? In Today’s Design technology class I moved on to the next step of the making of my moving toy. I started to measure and mark out the big wheels that would be attached to the small wheels I had cut in the previous class. In order to cut the big wheels I had to first mark out the measurements. I used a compass to get a perfect circle in the middle of the wood, leaving some space at the corners so that when cutting, the drill won’t get stuck and would go straight through the wood. I measured the circles with a pencil. After measuring the first circle I used the same measurements to do the rest four. Now, that I was done with the measuring and marking out part of the big wheels I had to cut them now. Like always I had my apron on. I wore my safety goggles as a lot of small pieces of wood would be flying out the drill and so my eyes had to be protected. I tied up my hair as it was risky to leave it open. The I carefully fixed my wooden piece in the clamp, making sure the drill bit was spot on the check mark I had made. I had one firm hand on the clamp making sure the wooden piece does not move and I slowly drilled all the four circles. I did this on the pedestral drill with a drill bit fixed in it. Photographs or sketches with annotationThis is me using the This is how my wheelpedestral drill to cut the big looked like after today’swheels class What’s next in the
process? I have cut all the main parts and functions of my moving toy. Thelast part would be to measure and mark out the axles. This would not be adifficult job and would not take a lot of time as it is pretty easy. Thiswould give me more time to work on my next step which would be to startfiling the snail’s body parts. I know I need to get the perfect shape ofthe snail’s ears. In order to do this I would have to use a coping saw. ThenI would file the body parts to give it the accurate shape I originallyplanned for.Emotions –how you felt about the day and why In Today’s Design technology class I felt like I had accomplished abig task. Although, it was an easy talk that did not take a lot of my time.I felt good that I was already done cutting most of my body parts exceptthe axles which could be done in no time. I also enjoyed today’s classbecause I had used it productively and did not waste my time talking orchatting with friends. This is because I knew that I had extra work to do,since I was one of the only students who had to cut an extra set of fourwheels. I knew I had to work hard and made sure I was not left behind.In Today’s class I for the first time was confident in using the pedestraldrill to cut my wheels. This is because in the previous class I had to usethem to cut the small wheels and they were four of them so I had goodpractice. In Today’s class I was set and I knew how each function workedand I felt confident enough to start doing it.Learner Profile and A.O.I connections In Today’s Design Technology class I followed the learner profileof being knowledgeable. This is because I already had the knowledge ofhow to use the pedestral drill. I knew I had to cut my big wheels todayand I used my knowledge about the pedestral drill to get done with mytask efficiently. I made sure I ask my teacher if I had any doubt butform my previous experience I was well aware of the important functionsand carried on with my work smoothly. The Area of Interaction that Ifollowed in today’s class was health and social education. This is becausesince I had to use the pedestral drill today ai made sure I have my apronon so that my clothes are unharmed. My goggles are on so no dustparticles could go inside and I made sure my hair is tied back so that theydon’t get tangled in the drill. I cared about my health.
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