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2018-2019 Science Fair

Assess how you conducted your engineering project

● Please move this document to your s​ hared Biology folder.

● To complete this, you will need to refer to your project proposal.
● After you answer all the questions, remember to ​submit the document in Canvas​.

1. By the deadline (February 5), did you succeed in building and testing as many versions/iterations of
your project as you had hoped? If not, explain why not.

I built an adequate amount of versions of my building but if I had more time i would have tested more.
2. If not, what could you have done differently to meet the deadline?
I should have started working on the project earlier rather than procrastinate.

Procedure for ​building

3. Below, paste a copy of your planned steps from your project proposal (#9), and the annotated drawing
I will use different types of popsicle
sticks, hot glue, cellophane wrap for windows, and other materials I find. I will use a heavy object, such as a brick,
for the foundation because I can not dig deep enough in the ground, and will use modulated blocks to build up. I
will use a shake table to simulate an earthquake and fans to simulate strong winds. The shake table will be
equipped with an accelerometer to standardize the forces of the simulated earthquake. I will not have a way to test
a power outage. I will run these tests one two buildings, one that uses more modern techniques to combat natural
disasters and one that does not so see the difference these techniques make. I may change the building design as I
find what works best through my tests so that I can have a final, natural-disaster-proof building.

4. Carefully look over your initial plans for building your project (which you just pasted above).
In a numbered or bullet-pointed list and/or additional annotated drawing (you can draw by hand and
upload a picture of it)
a) identify in detail things you actually did differently, and
b) explain why you made each change.
1. I changed part 2
2. I only had four beams (3)

5. If you could build the next iteration/prototype of your project, what improvements would you make,
and how would you do it? Explain below and/or upload annotated drawing.
I would make more tests and build a larger one with a bigger base.

Procedure for ​testing

6. In your proposal, find your design criteria (#5) and how you planned to test them (should be included
in #10). Paste the criteria and the way you planned to test them below.
Design constraints

constraints reasoning (briefly explain)

Have a reasonable amount of Restricting this will make the experiment more realistic and apply
usable floor space to restrict to the real world. An actual architect would not build something
amount of support beams. where too much of the floor space is used for the structure and
not enough for usable space.

Where will you build and test? Do you need permission to use the space?
If your project does not need a location, write “none” below.
Add as many rows as needed.
location option permission from whom?

Any space with enough open room N/A

to work

7. In a numbered or bullet-pointed list,

a) identify in detail things you actually did differently to test your project for success, and
b) explain why you made each change.
1. I did not change anything from the criteria above.
2. I did not include data from the wind test because the wind did not affect any of the buildings

Impact on Results
8. Think about how implementing your project differed from your initial plans (your answers to
questions above).
Below, explain how these changes may make your project stronger and/or make it weaker (i.e. make
your results more reliable or less reliable).

I think all my changes improved my project because and built the tests based on how the project was
going. I designed the next test base on what went wrong in the last test. If I followed my design strictly, I
wouldn’t have fixed those problems.

Reflection on learning
In August, y’all shared your thoughts on what the point of school is. Many of your responses involved
building skills. You may recognize some of them in this list below, which has a few of my top priorities for
skills to build in this class.

9. Read over the skills and indicate with a comment where you feel you are with each, at this point in the

I think I have I’m making progress. I’m struggling: I see This is a very weak
very strong I feel pretty good some improvement area for me. I don’t feel
skills in this. about it. but it’s really hard. I’ve improved at all.

Design I think I did well

engineering planning out my
projects project but moved
away from the plan
as I did the project.

Manage​ time & I need to work on

long term work managing my time
better and not
procrastinating. I
should have started
building earlier.

Work​ ​well I worked

independently: effectively
with focus, and
self-reliance, & efficiently.

Own ​your own I tried to

learning: take figure things
responsibility for out on my
your work; own before
know when you getting help.
need help and
ask for it.