Final Blog of the Semester

James Richardson on Dec 10th 2012

The activity that I enjoyed and learned from the most was the Lego robotics lab. I remember playing with and building things with Legos when I was younger, but this was my first time to build an actual robot. While extremely fun, I had no clue what to do when it came to programming it. Luckily for me, it was a group project and we were able to work on it together. And even though we couldn’t get our robot to work the way we wanted, I feel like it was overall success. I gained the most from this lab.
While I enjoyed the video and time spent on the security aspect, I feel like we needed to spend more time on it. I feel like we should have had a lab to where we could have spent doing some of the things in a controlled and safe environment. I was looking forward to this topic the most, early on in the semester. However, it was still one of my favorite topics covered.
I also feel that the animation topic should have been given more time. I feel like there wasn’t enough time to complete the assignment. However, this was a fun project and I learned a lot in the programming aspect of it. There should have also been more time allotted to going over what exactly the animations could be used for.
The two most helpful learning mechanisms for me were hands on lab and videos. It helps me to get my hands dirty, so to speak, and do it myself when I’m learning something new for the first time. This was especially helpful in the robotics lab and the animations lab. Videos were also helpful. Seeing and watching a video about someone who has had a career in the topic or pioneered something related to in the current field being covered is helpful. It is helpful to be able to attach a face to a name or a project.

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Robotics

James Richardson on Nov 28th 2012

As part of Team Striker we built the robogator and even though we couldn’t get one of the legs to work, I feel like it was an overall success. I think that this project was a very productive and beneficil in my understanding of robotics and programing. I wish we could spent a little more time in the robotics area because the robotics field really interest me. Working as a group was very helpful. We were able to build our robot much faster then if we had been alone and progamming it was much easier with 3 people to throw out ideas with. If I had not been in a group, it would have taken me much longer to complete this project.

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Computer Build Lab

James Richardson on Sep 24th 2012

Last Wednesday was the first time that I have ever taken a computer apart and then put it back together. I thought that it was quite interesting. I feel that my group was able to tear the computer down quite easily, but putting it back together was a bit harder. I feel a little more comfortable now with hardware than I did before, and I am looking forward to spending more time with it.

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