the 25th -- Okay, bright and early yet again. I
had to walk allll the way to Radio Shack in the snow to get a mere switch early in the
morning. It was worth it though because the switch made our shooter that much
better. Today we made the rest of the connectors and painted them. Albert and
I finished the design of the electrical components of the shotter and put the thing
together. It is almost complete. The shooter is excellent. It launches
the prototype ball with great speed. The stands were also being constructed
today. They are almost complete too. We worked from 11am-5pm with a few
interruptions in construction. At 8pm we met again and worked on the group webpage,
presentation, and patent. The presentation is Friday so time is very tight.
These last things are the boring part in a sense. It is not as exciting as the
designing and construction.
the 26th -- Bright and early went we to the shop.
Bright and early, cranky and tired. We worked, we slaved, and we finished
construction. Shooter and stands, connecters and tubing, all are done, now just fine
tuning. Presentation and patent, web page and product testing are all that remain.
We meet again at three to continue the game..... Everybody arrived and
we continued work on the presentation. Having seen each other all day, tempers began
to rise as we continued to meet till 8:00pm. In this time, each member received a
part of the presentation to discuss. After this time, four group members remained to
continue work on the actual prototype. Well, the rule "If it can go wrong, it
will", took full effect and full advantage of our predicament. Problems upon
problems emerged including the constant displacement of the prototype ball and battery.
The accelerator itself began to annoy us as well. At one point, one of the
engines ceased to work!! However, all is well again by the time it became 12:45 am.
By this time only two group members had remained. We finalized some aspects
of the prototype and broke company in anticipation of our mock presentation on Thursday
morning at 9:30am. One minor repair must still be made on the accelerator and all
should be well.