Author: Paul K.

Paul Kim – STEAM Final Reflection

How did I succeed?

I believe I did a pretty good job of collaborating with my teammates to productively produce our sequence. I tried to continuously seek out for help and never hesitated to give any kind of support to my teammates. Also, when I was confronted with challenges, I tried to be a complex thinker by finding the problem from its root and by narrowing down the possible solutions to that problem. The best example could be seen in the process of attaching the LED lights to the pipe-way for the magnet ball to go through. I used white LED lights and 3-volt battery to lit up the way that the magnet ball was going to go through. When I connected these LED lights to the battery, some of them had poor connections or simply didn’t seem to be working. Through continuous trials and errors, I learned that 3 LED lights were the maximum capability that the 3-volt battery could hold at a time. This realization made the process much easier. Building the catapult is another example of my success. By understanding the principles of a catapult, I incorporated calculations of the height and the distance, two vital elements in making the catapult work properly. In the aspect of collaboration and complex thinking, I believe I showed a proficient performance.

How did I fail?

Even though I do feel like most of the things that I built individually or with my teammates are mostly successful, I believe we also had some failures in the overall picture of our sequence. In the team project with Kelly, Joshua, and Leo, we had some complex devices that we built to incorporate in our sequence, but we didn’t quite succeed in smoothly connecting the elements together to make our sequence flow in one. Also, due to time constraints, we were not able to finish our second and final project where we had to build a Rube Goldberg Machine with the resources we had and built from the previous team projects. On the other hand, I learned a lot from these failures and I am confident that I would certainly do better next time. We learn from our failures.

What would I do differently?

If I could do this whole process again, I want to make good use of the Sphero ball. Even though I attempted to use a coding application to control this device, I couldn’t explore the full capability of the Sphero ball. However, I do feel very proud that I used different approaches such as 3d printing and simple coding to apply this device to our overall sequence.

Paul Kim First STEAM Reflection

In our STEAM class, we started a new project called the “OKgo Video” where we design a set of performance that uses a chain of reaction to create a continuous sequence that will go with our chosen music. We first strategically divided into two groups: the group that’s designing the prototype, and Leo, who independently worked on building the robot because we thought it will be the most time-consuming. We mainly used aluminum foils and cardboard to build our prototype. Finally, we labeled the prototype and drew arrows in order to show the path and orders of the sequence. Last class, we started crafting the actual parts of our sequence. So far, we finished making the seesaw(or catapult) and the basketball hoop.

Our first prototype finished! #sisrocks #sissteam #OKGo

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In the past few weeks, our team brainstormed the ideas for our prototype by successfully collaborating with each other. We have used many resources while working on our prototype. One of them was the internet. We mainly used Youtube for inspirations and ideas when we were planning our sequence. To name some, OKgo music videos, Rube Goldberg Machine videos and few other highly motivating videos that we watched as a class helped us maximize our creativity. We also used different online sources to help us guide our planning. One that I have found the most helpful during the process of designing our prototype was, with no doubt, YouTube. Not only does this video platform have varying types of inspirational videos, but it also gave us the general idea of how our sequence should look like. I hope our team could further utilize these resources for our additional plannings and for the procedure of building our sequence later on. Although we used numerous resources to help us plan our prototype, most of the ideas for our sequence actually came from our original thoughts.

Materialistic resources that we used when we were designing our prototype were cardboard, aluminum foils, glue gun, tape, measuring tools, cutting tools, and etc.

Our first prototype finished! #sisrocks #sissteam #OKGo

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So far, I am somewhat satisfied with what we’ve produced. The reason why I’m not 100% satisfied with our product is because I feel like there could’ve been more art elements in our project. From the beginning, we were aware that our team was rather strong in science and math field and we were not very confident in producing something aesthetic. I hope our team could overcome this challenge and hopefully succeed in making our sequence with more art elements in it.

In the process of working with our teammates, I found myself as a strong collaborator. Our project’s main objective is to produce well-planned out sequence by collaborating with fellow teammates. I think I successfully carried out our objective so far. Especially in the process of designing the prototype for the complex elements in our sequence, our team divided into roles and executed individual tasks or simply helped each other to finish the tasks faster. As a designer, I used my creativity to its fullest to brainstorm and design our sequence. It was a great experience sharing my ideas with my team members. While I was working with my team, I noticed that my style of working differed from my classmates’. I noticed that I tend to go straight to work rather than closely planning out the steps. I found this style of working quite beneficial especially in our group since some of my team members are way too carefully planning. So sometimes, it takes a lot of time to actually start crafting anything. I believe these two styles of working balanced each other out very well and consequently produced a perfect teamwork.

My goal for the rest of this semester is to continue work productively with my team and hopefully create something visually aesthetic. Syncing our sequence with the music is another goal we have as a team. My suggestion to my group was to use a classical music since most of them are not copyrighted, giving us a wider range of music to choose from. Individually, I will try my best to help my team and to ambitiously fulfill my duty no matter what task is given to me.

Our first prototype finished! #sisrocks #sissteam #OKGo

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