For the past several weeks, we have been working on electricity. To take our knowledge and skills to the next level, we did a hands on assignment, building a rover. We were separated into small groups of four and that’s when the madness and white hair came into the equation. My group consists of me (Janette), Minh Long, Giami, and William. We had to find a strategy to tackle this task so we decided to brainstorm and draw a blueprint of our rover. Our group shall I say is not the most caring, loving, compassionate, open-minded group so working with them isn’t easy or breezy. Our frame is made out of ball-saw wood that was glued together and taped again to have a sturdy structure. We cut the bottom of our cans for our wheels and mounted the wheels on the motor with a hot glue gun. We made a parallel circuit and connected our wires to a switch. For now we had 4 wheels that where taped and one battery that was hooked up.
We had many complications during this journey. Changing our plans was the easiest of all. As a group, we finally agreed that our wheels were too heavy, so we decided to only use two wheels but use two batteries for more energy. When we were on the verge of finishing, something had to go wrong. It was like our group was designed to fail. But Minh Long wouldn’t accept that fact, so we tried, worked, and thought harder. We observed the other groups and occasionally asked for assistance. And on the due date of our rover, it finally started moving a bit. The wheels spun when you lift it off the ground but couldn’t move much. It was still a big achievement, thinking back. We are excellent, well-behaved students but sometimes we break. Goofing around was actually an activity that helped us generate more ideas. We don’t party to the max but occasionally prank each other. Giami and I were on each other sides and the two guys stuck together. We fought and teased each other. But we finished on time and achieved our main goal. Our task was to drive over an obstacle since our wheels were big. We kind of used our hands and mouths to get us a good grade on this part. We gave it a soft push and used our mouths to distract Mr. J as he was evaluating, and “ Ta Dahh!,” we got a three! Shocking, right? Video taping each other was also a tough job. Everyone would refuse to show their face and we didn’t even have a script. We basically improvised and hoped that in the end it will be successful. I guess you can say we bonded with hate. But we did a impressive job at finishing this task as we hoped but teamwork wasn’t really our group kind of thing. Would I work with them again? Yes. Would I enjoy it? No. Mrs. U and Mr.J helped us by giving us support and telling us areas of improvements. Electricity unit is a pain in the butt but a very enjoyable one at the same time.