Today was a fabulous day and it required a lot of team work. We started the day in homeroom and then went to the bus. The bus ride was real fun as we played music and enjoyed the company of our friends. When we reached the makers space called Workbench Projects, we were divided into 4 groups: laser cutting, carpentry, robotics, and 3D design. A guide greeted us and gave us a tour of the place. We explored each machine briefly. My personal favourite was the laser cutting machine. I liked this machine because it could cut numerous designs on multiple forms of material with just a laser.
After we finished the tour, we were assorted into our 4 groups and they explained the project we were going to do. The main purpose of the day was to complete a smart bird house, where the alarm would go off when the feeder ran out of water. All groups had to communicate at one point. We of course faced multiple ups and downs, but then that was the point right? We make mistakes to learn from them.
I was in the group of 3D printing. We came up with our first design which was a cylindrical bowl for the birds. But then when we shared our ideas with the electronics group, we discovered our idea couldn’t work with their designs, so we then deleted all of our designs and started building rectangular prism styled bowls. We were taught by an expert who works at the makers space. I think our guide was great and he helped when we needed him and let us explore it on our own too.
When we finished our design, we printed one bowl and it came out to be wonderful. My group was very proud. After completing this, we went and had lunch at their outdoor tables. The day was pretty much concluded from this point because my group had finished our task. We then explored what other groups were doing.
I think collaboration played a major part in our day. As, if we didn’t communicate with the other groups, we would have not produced a wonderful outcome. Our day ended with a wonderful group picture.
I would like to thank our teacher who made this possible and allowed us to gain this much knowledge that we couldn’t have in our classrooms.