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Team Patrick – Progress Report April 6 – April 12

Goals for the week:

  • Solder another example to show the class
  • Create a detailed method
  • Get people back from the NCAA

Meeting times/dates

Friday 11:30 – 12:15

What we did:

Tony went into beast mode and got the example and procedure done.

Then we lost to Louisville so Isaac and Trevor are back. :’(

What we didn’t do:

Got it all done… WOOT!

Where we are stuck:

Trying to find enough time to meet with our class (so we’re meeting twice this week)

Notes/Misc:

Shock the world… success

Team Patrick – Progress Report Mar 30 – April 4

Goals for the week:

  • Layout kits
  • Finish fixing FoF

Meeting times/dates

Friday 11:30 before 2nd visit

What we did:

George and Tony placed the elements on the perf-board and bent them on for the different kits.

Xiaolong and Ian got FoF to work and finished importing Ode to Joy.

What we didn’t do:

Realize that Isaac was going to be gone.

Get a full presentation of how we are going to lead the students through the soldering process.

Where we are stuck:

So far, so good.

Notes/Misc:

“Do or do not. There is no try.” (no this isn’t a Patrick Star quote, but it’s still awesome)

Team Patrick – Progress Report Mar 16 – 29

Goals for the week:

  • Color-code circuit diagram
  • Solder leads for buttons
  • Import Ode to Joy to FOF Fx
  • Update webpage with meeting and decision stuff

Meeting times/dates

Friday the 29th before we leave for the first visit

What we did:

  • Tony: Finished the circuit diagram, including color-coding.
  • Isaac: Soldered leads onto buttons.
  • George: Wrote rough drafts of some decision reflection paragraphs (yet to be uploaded until we finalize things a bit more).
  • Xiaolong and Ian: Worked on getting Frets on Fire to work (still programming in the music score).

We also talked about what future meeting times (hoping to meet again next week).

What we didn’t do:

  • Still working on Frets on Fire

Where we are stuck:

We’re not… WOOT!

Notes/Misc:

“I want the warm NOW!” — the weather right now

Team Karen – Progress Report Mar 8 – 14

Goals for the week:

Tack 10 breadboards 

Narrow down song choice 

Work on presentation

Meeting times/dates

Monday 3/11 at 3:00 p.m at the lab

Individual Hours:

Eric – 4 hrs

Bryan-2 hrs

khumbo kawonga 1hr

What we did:

Fill this out Wed eve: List things things that actually got done. This can include progress in the ideas you have and your implementation. It can (and should) also include some measurable results, for example “new schematic completed for circuit.” Make content here very specific. “We made progress on our idea” is not helpful content. More helpful would be “we have identified learning model XXX at http://blahblahblah.com. This model has the following advantages …. and the following liabilities … Working with this model we have enhanced our idea to….

Individual accomplishments which serve the team can and also should be listed here.

khumbo

-We came up with an improved breadboard layout

-tacked out 12 breadboards

-change the capacitor to a .47 microfarad capacitor

-found a good visual of how the circuit really works, which will help us in explaining the schematic to the students

-working with Brooks middle school to come up with Super Mario Bro’s theme for Frets on Fire

What we didn’t do:

need to put together a visual presentation ie powerpoint

Where we are stuck:

need to decide on a day the week after spring break to have our first visit to the school

Notes/Misc:

Team Patrick – Progress Report Mar 9 – 15

Goals for the week:

  • Figure out how Frets on Fire works
  • Get final circuit layout done
  • Get music piece chosen
  • EC – Solder buttons to leads
  • Get some more info for our team page

Meeting times/dates

Friday 11:30 – 12:15

What we did:

We were having difficulty finding a song choice that is enjoyable and yet is presentable on Frets on Fire (5 notes). We decided to go with Ode to Joy (Beethoven 9) as the song which we will present to the students, but then invite the students to come up with a song (we’ll need to find a backup just in case).

Tony: Got the circuit diagram done (include link here) and wired a prototype.
Xiaolong: Worked on Frets on Fire. Had some difficulty with the program (wouldn’t go into full screen and then stopped running), but it sounds like the Frets on Fire Fix will work better.

What we didn’t do:

  • Update page info (did a little but not much)
  • Didn’t get get the buttons soldered

Where we are stuck:

We got unstuck at last minute… hooray!

Notes/Misc:

“It’s pretty good, but it lacks basic construction, and your perspective leaves a lot to be desired.”

Team Gary – Progress Report Mar 1 – 7

Goals for the week:

  • Make Presentation

Meeting times/dates

  • March 3
  • March 6
  • March 8 SCHOOL VISIT

Individual Hours:

  • A LOT!

What we did:

  • March 3 Gary worked on presentation and finished SOLID DRAFT

What we didn’t do:

  • Didn’t do a Syllabus (Should be easy, just take bullet points from slide)
    Finish it on March 6 
  • Consent Form on March 6

Where we are stuck:

  • Ask the teacher if 1pm for March 8 is alright
  •  Also ask about parking, and if we need to get a visitors pass. IN WHAT OFFICE? 

Notes/Misc:

  • Let’s not miss anymore meetings! At least try your best!
Team Karen – Progress Report Mar 1 – 7

Goals for the week:

Complete design for new circuit

Plan for a tack-soldered pre build

Send Scott a copy of the consent form for the students

 

Meeting times/dates

Monday at 3

Individual Hours:

Eric – 5 hrs

Bryan-4 hrs

 

What we did:

Circuit design completed

Circuit diagram redone to match our overall design

Step list done to help circuit creation procedure

Emailed Scott about consent form 

 

What we didn’t do:

Decide on which song we are going to use

Need to start producing the tacked pre-builds

 

Where we are stuck:

Bryan needs to discuss with John about the music

 

Notes/Misc:

We are having a huge issue with attendance and participation  in the group and it needs to be addressed in some way.

Team Patrick – Progress Report March 1-8

Goals for the week:

  • Choose a music piece
  • Clarify idea for box
  • Figure out what our circuit should be (how it looks on a perf-board)
  • First lesson of curriculum planned
  • Consent forms
  • Make Ian feel happy
  • Extra Credit Goal : Figure out how to display the music progression

Meeting times/dates

Fridays 11:30 – 12:15

Individual Hours:

Isaac: 2 hours
George: 1 hour
Tony: 1 hour
Trevor: 30 minutes
Ian: 30 minutes
Ashlee: 30 minutes

What we did:

We decided we did in fact want to have the students create their own boxes out of cardboard (cereal boxes) and other non-conducting materials. This allows the students to be creative, as well as removes a little work we need to get done in class. We decided to use Frets on Fire to present the music to the class as it lets us show it to them in a fun way (http://fretsonfire.sourceforge.net/). We also started on several of the other objectives (see below).

Isaac: Created powerpoint for first lesson. Main sources http://www.play-hookey.com/dc_theory/ and http://en.wikipedia.org
George: Documented our first meeting and worked on (this) progress report.
Tony: Created preliminary sketch of layout of perf-board.
Trevor and Ian: Worked on setting filters for what music piece to choose. Decided it needed to be something everyone (or at least most people) would know and that wasn’t very difficult, while still being enjoyable. Narrowed down to three possible options.
Ashlee: Sent consent form to teacher to have class fill out.

What we didn’t do:

  • Final decision on music
  • Circuit design completely done

Where we are stuck:

Trevor and Ian had difficulty with finding time to get together to discuss the music choice. This week was also first test week, so time wasn’t super large.

Notes/Misc:

“Is mayonnaise an instrument?”

Team Karen – Progress Report February 15-21

Goals for the week:

Layout design on breadboard

Make sure we can make the circuit within a hour

Begin development of power point for opening presentation

Logistics (transportation, materials) 

Come up with a goal for a day to go to the school.

Meeting times/dates:

Monday 2/18 3:00 P.M. 

Individual Hours:

Eric – 6 hrs

Bryan-3 hrs

khumb0 2hrs

What we did:

- we went through circuit to come up with the most efficient component layout. Each team member took turns in soldering to compare technique.

- original circuit created ended up not working, so made another one ( need to show you guys so we can see how we can improve it because it is still rough)

- we are very unsure about doing the box, only if everything comes along quicker, will we do the box

- talked briefly about logistics

What we didn’t do:

decide on whether we would pre-layout the boards for our students or let each student solder each component

didn’t completely finish the layout for the circuit, but made progress

didn’t complete a list for logistics, aiming for next class

didn’t come up with a day to attend the school

Where we are stuck:

School days for the class are 1hr 30min long but you said three 45 minute sessions. We didn’t know if that meant we couldn’t stay for the whole section or not

Need to get a better timeline to have an idea of when we can have our first class meeting

Notes/Misc:

Since we had no class on Thursday, we will need to set up a meeting outside of class.

Team Gary – Progress Report February 15-21

Goals for the week:

  1. work on the circuit and improve it.
  2. See if we can play songs.

Meeting times/dates

Monday  18th, 2013  at  7 pm 

Individual Hours:

Pedr0 : 4 hours (Time spent on creating EoF notes  for Ode to Joy and creating video)

Truc    : 2 hours

Mohammed : 2 hours

Shanto   : 2 hours

Bana    : 2 hours

Aaron : 2 hours

Tonny  : 2 hours

What we did:

  • On Saturday Pedro created the notes for “Ode to Joy” using the EoF note editor for Frets on Fire. Green-C, Red-D, Yellow-E, Blue-F, Purple-G. Afterwards, the video was generated using “Bandicam” software. (Note: The only way to create notes on EoF is by loading a random song. The PC can be muted to avoid listening to the loaded song.)
  • On Monday evening, Truc, Tommy, Shanto, Pedro, and Bana got together with 5 working oscillators in order to perform a small rehearsal. The 5 oscillators where tuned to the respective color coded notes.
  • Getting the Oscillators tuned to “E” was surprisingly hard, but we noticed that “D#” was fairly close.
  • The video played and Gary started rocking out with Joy! We even increased the speed of the video to increase the difficulty!

EoF note editor for Ode to Joy
Green-C, Red-D, Yellow-E, Blue-F, Purple-G

  • For the circuit diagram, Team Gary is contemplating taking an approach that involves the usage of transparencies in order to facilitate the steps for connecting all of the components for the Tone Oscillator.
  • After rocking out with the E0F video. Team Gary created a Draft Diagram which will be color coded.
  • We believe that using transparencies either on a projector or simply by handing them out will assist the students in visualizing the correct connections resulting in a faster procedure.
  • It might be more practical to hand out the transparencies rather than showing them on the projector for two reasons:
    1.  The colors of the cables can appear blurry on the projector
    2. Because having groups of 2 students with 1 Team Gary Facilitator working with their own set of transparencies would help to move forward at a faster rate.

Transparency Circuit Diagram (Color Coded Draft)

 
  •  Also, another idea is to pre-build the boards with the components conveniently located for easy soldering.

Individual accomplishments which serve the team can and also should be listed here.

What we didn’t do:

Fill this out Wed eve: This can include things you didn’t realise you needed to do, things you listed that you didn’t get to, or just stuff you want to remember to do soon.

Where we are stuck:

Fill this out Wed eve: Logistical or technical questions could go here. Anything you want to remember to ask me when we meet might go here too.

Notes/Misc: