Friday, August 31, 2012

Club T-Shirt Contest

A club T-shirt is going to be created for the first time in more than 10 years. The design will be chosen from among members' submissions.

Go to the page "T-Shirt" at the top to read more.

August 31 Meeting: Summary

The Arduino project is going forward as planned. Go to the page "Project Proposal," listed at the top, to read the text of the ASCSM Proposal Form. The form will be submitted on Tuesday.

The TechShop field trip is still pending further information.

Members will be designing club T-shirts. More information about design submissions will be posted later.

The airplane competition is complete. Although most of the "airplanes" struggled to fly, the project was a success. Congratulations to the winning team.

Winning airplane:
All airplanes:

Friday, August 24, 2012

August 31 Meeting: Preview

Because we don't know how many people will return for the second week, we will hold off on submitting the Proposal Form until after the August 31 meeting. To discuss ideas for projects go to the page "Project Proposal" listed at the top.

For the next meeting, we will be voting on the project proposal and making paper airplanes.

Paper Airplanes

Materials: Computer Paper, Poster Board, Hanging Files, Manila Folders, Tape, Wooden Dowels, Paper Clips, Rubber Bands
Objective: Travel the farthest distance.

Ideas: Here are some ideas to get you started.

Project Proposal Ideas

Last semester, the club worked on a semester long project to build a magnetic levitation train. The project's scope was simply too large: we did not have the expertise, tools, and, most importantly, time. This semester we are aiming for more manageable projects which everyone can be involved in.

To discuss ideas for projects go to the page "Project Proposal" listed at the top.

August 24 Meeting: Summary, Part 2

We completed our elections.

Here are the new officers:
Co-Vice Presidents
Co-ICC Representatives
Daniel, Jon
Zita, Justin
Linh, Taniela
Juniper, Jonathan
Scott, Alex

August 24 Meeting: Summary, Part 1

The orientation meeting is complete.

Here are some of the results of the survey which 21 people completed in part or full:
1. Members are majoring in a variety of majors, with mechanical engineering being the most popular.
2. 75% of the members have completed some science and/or engineering courses.
3. Most members are interested in gaining experience and knowledge of engineering as well as friends. A few people mentioned a desire to learn about work opportunities, individual sub-fields of engineering, and transfer information. If you are interested in transfer information, speaking with Prof. Laura individually may be best. If you are interested in general information about sub-fields of engineering, this will be covered in ENGR 100.
4. Most members are interested in completing a project with 20% of members specifically wanting a competition style project.
5. There is no limit to how long the club meetings have to be, but the following are members' preferences for when it should end:
no limit
6. Most members prefer to meet on the weekend, Thursday, or Friday for additional club meetings.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August 24 Meeting: Preview, Part 3

We need to decide on what speakers and field trips we wish to complete this semester so we may invite people as soon as possible.

Here are some preliminary speaker ideas:
Solar City
BKF Engineers
US Venture Partners
Cañada MESA Advisor
Engineers without Borders 
Past Students

Here are some preliminary field trip ideas:
Construction Site

August 24 Meeting: Preview, Part 2

We need to decide on what projects we wish to complete this semester so we may request funds as soon as possible.

Here are some preliminary project ideas:

Arduino is a single-board microcontroller designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. Projects include many basic electronic devices.
Arduino Uno Board
Micro Servo Motor
Bridge Building Competition
Build a model bridge model either out of balsa wood stripes, cardboard, or architecture form core.
Balsa Strip (1/4” x 1/4” x 36”)
Wood glue (4 oz)
Push Pins (100)
Gravity Cart
The gravity car uses a falling weight to propel it forward. 
Foam Board (20” x 30”), 10/Pack
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks (30), Mini
¾” Pulley
Rubber Bands (3 ½” x ¼”), ¼ lb bag
Wooden Dowel (4’ x 3/8”)
The SODIS method uses the sun’s UV radiation and heat to decontaminate water in one liter clear plastic bottles. These bottles are placed in the sun for a number of hours, depending on climate conditions. The shortcomings of the SODIS method are that water is purified only in one liter quantities, and the treated water must be cooled for some additional hours before it can be consumed. Improve the SODIS method by increasing the volume of water that can be treated with solar radiation.
Cost minimal.
Cold Chamber
Currently in Africa there is a system referred to as the “cold chain” to transport medicine, vaccinations, blood samples and other temperature sensitive items from rural areas to larger cities and back. This “cold chain” is a series of stops a driver would make to either store the items in a refrigerator temporarily or acquire bags of ice to inefficiently cool the temperature of the items for the amount of time it takes to get to the next link in the chain. Invent a better cooler that can maintain the near freezing temperature, and is easy to transport and set up.
Cost unknown.

August 24 Meeting: Preview, Part 1

The most important thing we need to do the first meeting on August 24 is elect officers.

Here is a summary of the positions which need to be filled:

The President shall be responsible for the overall leadership and planning of the club, including calling club meetings, posting agendas, and representing the club to other organizations.
Vice President:
The Vice President shall assist the President in representing the club. The Vice President shall assume the office of President should the President be unable to serve.
The Secretary shall keep a record of the meetings in the form of minutes and handle all official club correspondence.
The Treasurer shall keep accurate records of all club funds and act as primary signatory for club requisitions. The Treasurer shall also give financial reports at each club meeting.
ICC Representative:
The ICC Representative shall attend all ICC meetings as the official voting member and be responsible for the reporting back to the club. The ICC Representative shall also present club proposals to ICC and the Student Senate.

The ICC Representative has to attend all ICC meetings which are usually held at 1:30pm on Wednesdays, 10-401.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Sandwich Board Finished

Here is the new sandwich board. Hopefully with a little more advertising, we will attract more people to this year's meetings.

Update: Meeting time has moved to 1:00 pm.