zoom camera

the zoom camera is a camera that has a really good microphone. It has lots of other features which I will list below.

.it charges with a USB cable      .always have headphones

.microphone/afro                        .picks up a lot of audio

.lens cap                                         .7 sound

.wrist strap                                    .quick easy option

.handicam/no tripod                   .good at filming

.elbows in                                     .tap for options

.2 microphones                               .folder to playback

.stereo mic good quality              .adaptor hole on bottom

.shotgun microphone

Camcorders and Tripods

I learnt that lots of important things about the tripods in this clinic. We learnt about different camera angles and special rules about the tripods. Here is what I learnt.

 TRIPODS

with tripods I learnt that when you want to zoom in to not zoom in but to move closer. I also learnt all the features of the tripods. I learnt that the legs have to be fully out because they will otherwise be wonky and it will fall over. I learnt how to use the adaptor to attach the camera to the tripod.

 CAMCORDERS/CAMERAS 

I learnt that the cameras have the power cable at the back and that when you plug them back in for the cables to not be dangling out. I learnt that when wanting to zoom instead of using the zoom feature to walk closer.

 

 

point and shoot

in point and shoot we learnt all the rules to taking a good picture. Here are my photos showing the rules.

 

FRAMING

Framing is where you find a natural frame and use it to present your photo in a natural way

 

 

 

 

RULE OF THIRDS

 

imagine the picture above being split into nine equal squares> the tree would be on one of the lines.

  LEADING LINES

Leading lines is where there is a line leading to something.

 VIEWPOINT

viewpoint is where you take a photo from ground level looking up at the object.

 BALANCING ELEMENTS

balancing elements is where you take a photo of something but have something else in the balancing elements. For example, the red locker is the main focus but there is other lockers in the balancing elements.

 BACKGROUND

background is where you focus on one object and have a plain background. For example I did a sundial with grass.

 

 

 

my last reflection

REMEMBERING: what did I do

We made the cars so that they would be as fast as possible. We tried different types of ways to make them faster. one of the cars is really fast, one is medium, and one is really slow. We kept them like this so we could show how to make a fast car. We also made two different race tracks.

UNDERSTANDING: what was important about it

The stuff that was important was the little additions like adding different tyres on the cars. We also did some other things like adding the car symbols on the racetrack.

APPLYING: where could I use this again

I could use the skills that I have learnt with the building in making cars out of lego at my house.

ANYLIZING: do is see any patterns in what I am doing

no. But there is some things that can be related to like how the blocks look like.

Design Project/trying to make the fastest lego wedo 2.0 car

Today Oscar and I started our project, we are making wedo 2.0 cars. Today we watched some videos about lego cars to help us get ideas. We couldn’t start building the cars because the batteries wouldn’t work.

Today we started building our car and we got the program to work. We added parts from my lego corvette from home and this is what it looked like.

We also had to do the program for our wedo 2.0 to make the car to drive. This is a picture of the program.

I made the blocks say 99999 because that means it will go further and for more time. We have to drive our car on flat ground because otherwise it won’t work because the wheels will get stuck in the dirt and the tires will get dirty.

today I wasn’t here for two periods but Oscar made a new car. he programmed it so the car makes a sound before moving. When I got back to school we had a race with the corvette and the buggy z4( that is the car that Oscar made.

today Oscar and I made a four wheel drive, we had to remake it four times because the wheels weren’t working because sometimes they were too big we finally got it to work but they kept driving off on an angle. Here is a video of our three cars racing.

Today Oscar and I remade the four wheel drive car. We remade it because we thought we could make it faster and look better. First we widened the car then we added decorations on the hood of the car. Here is a photo.

The four wheel drive car still wasn’t faster than the buggy z4 which we were aiming to make it faster than. We then tried lots of different wheels. The buggy z4 was still faster. We adjusted the buggy z4s back wheels to try and slow it down to make the four wheel drive car faster and we made the buggy z4 faster accidently. That just gave us a harder challenge. We tried another pair of wheels on the four wheel drive car and then we had a race. It finally was faster by about 2cm. Here is a video of the race.

Next session we are going to try and make the cars better by improving their aerodynamics. I have an idea to make a car with 2 motors ( we can’t get any more motors) but I don’t think we will make it  because Oscar wants to keep all 3 cars.  I think that would be ok because on presentation day there would be more competition when we do our races. it would also give us more of a challenge to make all 3 cars fast.

today Oscar and I did some more races with the cars. I figured out how to add sounds to my program so I added 5 sirens and 2 dolphin sounds  just to see how that worked for a test. Next week I will make the sounds better and experiment with which ones are better or I think sound better. Personally I love the sirens.  Here is a snip of the program.

Today I remade the program so I had the sirens in one program and the driving program separate. I did this so the sirens are always going instead of just at the start and then you have to wait 10 minutes for them to play again. In the driving program I made it say 111 instead of 9999 because then it will go for less time. Here is a snip of the new program.

I also remade the corvette because it was lacking speed and was getting flogged in races so I remade the model and tried to make it faster. I made it better by reducing weight and improving the aerodynamics. It looks a bit goofy on the front because it is missing pieces that would usually be there so that is why it looks like that.Here is a picture of the new model. It doesn’t look much like a corvette anymore though.

While I made the corvette Oscar made some changes to the buggy z4. He changed the wheels and he added a glass screen from my corvette. Here is a picture of it.

Then we raced are cars on the tennis courts. the corvette has a problem with turning to much so that is what we will work on next session. The corvette had some malfunctions but I fixed it and made it work. Here is a video of the race.

on Tuesday we raced the cars throughout the whole classroom. We couldn’t make it work because there wasn’t a clear path in the classroom. It also kept turning a lot so we fixed that so the corvette drives straight.

today Oscar and I took our cars to the gym because we had lots of room to drive them.  We are now going to show you the statistics of the cars.

4×4

length: 15 cm

height:  10 cm

10 metre time: 29 seconds

width: 11 cm

Corvette

length: 15 cm

height: 8 cm

10 metre time: 48 seconds

width: 6 cm

buggy z4

length: 11 cm

height: 6 cm

10 metre time: 32 seconds

width: 9 cm

today I remade the buggy z4 because it wasn’t working. We tried everything but it didn’t want to work so we broke it and built it again. Now it is square and is a four wheel drive. Oscar named it the 1970 Volvo. here is a picture.

I also adjusted the rubber band on the 4×4 because it made it faster.

 

Oscar made a track four the 4×4 with lots pf obstacles for it to go over. It can easily clear the track because it is so big. We figured you can only clear the track if you have big enough wheels and if the cars body is high up. That’s why the 1970 Volvo couldn’t make it. here is a picture of the track and some videos of the cars failing and completing the track. the second video is an example of how the small wheels don’t work. P.S. the 1970 Volvo isn’t meant for the track.

today we did a lot of work because we made the flat track. It has coloured sticky tape for the checked pattern at the start and finish line. the track took about 2 hours to make. All the cars drive well on the track because the cardboard is flat. There is some wholes but next session I will fill them in. I also changed the wheels on the 1970 Volvo so it could go faster on the track. Here is a picture of the track and some videos of the cars clearing the track.

 

 

 

 

Design Project Expo

Today was the design expo and we had to show our pinball machine. Everyone really enjoyed playing our pinball machine. It is done now and here is a video.

We also had to take a picture of 3 other projects that inspired us. Here are mine.

This project inspired me because they were making a drone. I liked the drone because I think it was a cool idea to make a drone and their programming was really difficult.n