Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Monday, May 25, 2009

Week 14

The highlight of this week was making the transistor radio with Ben.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Week 13

The highlight of this week was working with fibre optics.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Design Brief

Project Background: Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing fields of technology, and may be one of the most important technologies of the future. Nanotechnology encompasses many separate fields, including chemistry, electrochemistry, engineering, electronics, microbiology, and microscopy. Nanotechnology has applications in many of these fields, as well as in fashion, the military, biology, cancer research, composites research, and many others.

Project Type: The purpose of this project is to learn several disciplines that will help me if I pursue nanotechnology in university. These areas of study are: Electromagnetism and Electronic Devices, Characteristics of Materials, CAD, Basic AI, Lithography and Photoresistors.

Time Break Down:
Electromagnetism and Electronic Devices: 2 Weeks
Characteristics of Materials: 1 Week
CAD: 1 Week
Basic AI: 1 Week
Lithography and Photoresistors: 1 Week

500 in 1 Electronics Lab
Robot Builder’s Bonanza
Two remote control cars
AutoCAD Lite
Drawing tablet
The highlight of this week was beginning to work with electricity.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Design Brief

Why use Design Briefs?
- To do things the right way
- To diminish the differences between groups, by boosting communication.
- Shows what you intend to do for a project.
What is a Design Brief?
- A document
- An insurance between two parties, may be changed later by the situations.
- A basic description on what is expected. Both parties know approximately what they're entering into, and what they are committing to.
Design Brief Consists of:
- Project Background
- Project Type
- Directing Resources
- Results
- General Facts
Does not include:
- Technical info; details
- Precise project info
- Phases
- Research areas
Why a Design Brief?
- The personnel might change
- Avoid waste of time and resources
- Starting is easier and faster
- Recognize biggest challenges easier and faster
- No surprises with prioritization
- If things change it may be important to know what existed in the beginning
- It might save your project
- It's better to ask questions in your beginning.


Friday, May 1, 2009