Second Semester

Triggered Fast Photography Project


Welcome to the homepage for ASR 2nd Semester projects.  The most important thing is to be passionate about your work, learn cool stuff, and do cool stuff. Get yourself started by visiting the Ideas Page and the links therein.  Also visit the Student Work Page to see previous papers and projects (note that it is searchable).  Your project could be making an electric conversion vehicle, cosmic ray experiments, robotic hands, drone type cars, quad copters, coil guns, etc. OR be original and do something like a hydraulophone and polar graph drawing machine.  Whatever you choose (and do some serious brainstorming, this is a commitment) make sure you are passionate about it.

Overall Requirements

You will choose an experiment or project that you are passionate about. You are then expected to make steady progress on the project and to study the underlying science beneath it (i.e. how does it work!). Please talk to me at any time and email me with your questions. I am here to help but you are in charge. You will write an 8-10 page paper at the end of each month exhibiting your progress and including any data, drawings, pictures and/or graphs. These monthly papers are meant to grow with the semester so that for your final paper it is just a matter of putting it all together (see below for monthly paper details). You are also required to present your work at the Menlo Maker Faire  that takes place the weekend before Memorial Day weekend (see your planner).

       The Maker’s Faire

Monthly Papers

The format should be similar to the one you used all first semester for your big papers. Citations are very important, keep adding to your paper and citations with each monthly paper. By the end, without even knowing it, you will have a 30 to 50 paper. In addition to the monthly papers you should keep a science log book.

NOTE: You must keep a binder of your monthly papers. So that each time you turn in a paper, the previous months papers are in the binder (and with my comments written on them).

Proposal Paper

Your Proposal is due within first two weeks of the semester.  The sooner you get this to me the sooner we can meet and you can get started on your project.  Write a one to two page paper.  Use bullet points to answer the questions and write in a way that gives the most information with the least amount of verbiage.  Also include a table of your time line for completing major parts of your project.

1. What was the favorite part of the first semester projects?
2. What skills do you want to develop 2nd semester to further you in your budding career?

Concerning your proposed project (from Heilmeiers Catechism):
3. What are you trying to do?  Articulate your objective using no jargon.
4. How is it done today and what are the limitations?
5.  Who cares?
6.  If you’re successful, what difference will it make?
7.  What are the risks and the payoffs?
8.  How much will it cost?
9.  How long will it take for each phase of your project?
10. What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success?

January Paper

This paper should contain a cover page have 1.5 spacing and the following sections:
1) The Big Idea: behind your experiment and/or project. What will it do or explore. Where did you get the idea (citations). What you plan to gain from this adventure.
2) Introduction: Why this is interesting to explore, what is the history of your project and what relevance it will have to the world going forward. Here you should do a good amount of research and reading. Cite all your sources and put it together. Everyone’s project is different, so feel free to talk to me individual for more clarification of my expectations. The key here is ‘Why’ at the beginning.
Do either 3) or 4) for January
3) Design: Explain the design of your project. Why are you doing it this way. What did you learn from your prototype. In addition, Make a CAD and Circuit Drawings: Complete CAD drawing of your prototype or experimental setup. You can use Inventor, 123D design, SketchUp or other.  With all dimensions, etc. You can use the X-ray feature or do separate drawings for the small and inside pieces.  You should also do a circuit diagram and/or flow chart of any code and explain it.
4) Theory: A serious study of the physics equations that underlay the project (how it works exactly) or experiment. A complete scientific explanation and background of the experiment or project.
5) The Next Step: Where are you in your work? What is on your to do list. Detail any problems that have arisen.
6) Appendix A: Parts list (make a table with the following columns: Part Description, What needed for, cost, Where you’ll buy it)
Don’t forget to put in your figure captions and citations.

February Paper

This paper should build on the first one but make it 1.5 spacing. So first of all, update the sections from your January paper and add in additional citations for new resources you’ve discovered.
Add either 3) or 4) from above and redo 5)
Also update all sections from January paper as necessary

Attach the hard copy (with my comments) of your January paper at the end (last Appendix)

Mid-April Update

This is a one page report that contains your ‘next steps’ and the results you plan to include.  On the latter, be specific.  What measurements will you take and how will you take these measurements.  The Next steps section should lay out exactly what needs to be done and a time estimate for each piece.  Make sure to have something working and then other things you want to include can be on a wish list (i.e. if you have time).   I will get these back to you quickly, come talk to me with questions on your measurements and next steps.

Final Paper

Go to single spacing. Replace the ‘big idea’ section with an abstract and incorporate the ‘big idea’ section into the introduction.
Update and build on all sections 1) – 4) listed above and redo 5). For example your final CAD drawing, etc.
Now is also the time to make it a complete paper that reads and flows like a Scientific American, Nature, IEEE, etc. article. You need to do more than add on to Feb paper. Make it one paper that flows, has logic to it, an order to it, etc. You should delete sections that no longer apply. You might condense sections. You might move more detailed tables into the appendices and replace with summary tables in the main body of the paper. This should be the complete structure of your final paper. You might have some empty tables and graphs for which you’ll be taking data, measuring spec’s, doing final experiment, etc.
In addition, include
6) A Cover page with the title and the Abstract of your work.
7) Results Section: Here you detail the measurements you’ve made on your prototype, full project or experiment. Here you should have data tables, graphs, equations (which depends on your project, but you’ll use many of the things you learned first semester). Green energy projects will have Power curves (how much electricity are you generating?), experiments their data and others the graphs, measurements and equations that make sense.
8) Conclusion Section: What do the results mean?  What impact could this have on future designs or work in this area.  Talk about the inherent errors in the design and measurements that might affect your conclusions.  Any other concluding thoughts that don’t fit in the other sections.
9) Acknowledgement section: Acknowledge people that have helped you in your work. For example, a classmate who helped you debug code, another science teacher who spent some time with you on chem equations, your mother or father who helped you in some way, a particularly tough transistor which went beyond its specs to keep your thing running, …
This section comes at very end and is small, brief.

Attach the hard copy (with my comments) of your Febuary paper
Do good job on this paper, so that all calculations and graphs correct, reads as one paper and is proof read.  This paper will live on forever on the ASR website and be used by future students.  If there are problems I will return it to you so that you can work some more and produce a paper up to the standards of ASR.

Here is a Template for Final Paper for your final paper.

Final Paper and Display poster for the Maker’s Faire

I will talk to each of you individually. The bulk of the work has been done. It’s really a matter of updating and improving the previous paper.
The display poster for the Maker’s Faire should have your abstract, some pictures of your creation and your main results.  This should be easy as the work has already been done.  Just put it on a pdf file and ask Mr. Ward to print it out (we have a poster printer in the conference room).

Display Poster Guidelines

Make a pdf of your poster (30 width by 20 length inches).  Your poster should have a title, objective or goal, explanation of how it works, graphs, pictures etc.  Most stuff you can copy directly from your paper (or give cliff notes version).  Do not make your poster too busy.  just enough info for an overview and some enticing pictures so there’s enough to interest person and enable them to ask questions of you.
Here is a Poster Template you can use.  Make sure to save it as a .pdf and email to Mr. Ward when you are ready.
Make a Video and send it to me like the Ifold one below