Process Journal

These are my process journal entries that I kept throughout the construction stage.

Day 1:

During day 1, in DT I gathered all the materials and started cutting the pieces. I cut two of the pieces required in that period. In Humanities, I started on my historical investigation today and made my plan and layout for it. I decided that I would do the deeper investigation on pulleys. In Science, I started one of the several experiments in science class.

The experiment is on the amount of work done with inclined planes and vertically lifting an object. I did not consult anyone on this day. In terms of progress, I think I am doing great progress because I already made the inner parts of my product at home and now I only have to make the outer parts and paint my product.

I think I am also keeping up to date with Science and Humanities. I did not have any difficulties on this day and I did not make any changes to my product or my website. My product is not finished so I could not test it.

Day rating (progress): 9/10

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Day 2:

I did not have DT today. In Humanities, I continued to work on the historical investigation of simple machines. I finished the short introductions about all the 6 simple machines and began my in-depth investigation. I picked the pulley to do this. I did not have Science today. I sent an e-mail to Mr. Thorburn to ask questions about materials to use in construction.

I think that my progress is good until now because I am getting lots of work done in Humanities and I am almost finished making my product in DT. I cannot continue to work on Science outside of class because data from the experiments is required. I have not made changes to my product or my website. I have not faced any difficulties until now.

Day rating (progress): 9/10

Day 3:

Today I missed all my classes because I was playing in a football tournament for the school. I think that this is not a big hindrance to my progress and I think that I will not need to work extra to catch up with the work. I did not make any changes to my product or website. I think that the work will not be difficult because I missed this day. My product is not finished so I cannot test it.

Day rating (progress): 7/10

 Day 4:

I did not have DT today. I missed Humanities due to MAP testing. I continued with the experiments in science class. I got half of the experiments done, and only have a bit of work on the experiments left for next period. I consulted Mr. Herrmann to find out how to go through the experiments and what to focus on during the construction phase for science. I think I am up the date with all the work except in Science.

I missed quite a few science periods due to MAP testing and ISL tournaments so I am a bit behind on the experiments. I have made several changes to my website layout to make it look more aesthetically pleasing and interesting. I do not have any difficulties but I think that I might be lagging a bit in science because I am behind on the experiments.

Day rating (progress): 8/10

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Day 5:

In DT, I cut all the rest of the pieces form the High-density foam board and used contact adhesive to glue two of the pieces together. I continued with my investigation on simple machines in Humanities. In Science, I have not yet finished the experiments and could not start the calculations. I think I am a bit behind. I did not consult anyone today. I think I am getting a bit behind on Humanities because I missed a lot of periods in humanities.

I am continuing with Humanities at home so I think I can catch up. After checking my product with different a voltmeter, I realized that the voltage does not need to be stabilized. I checked the voltage on a voltmeter and the maximum it got to be was 6 volts. This is enough to charge all the USB charged devices. I saw that it was producing the correct amount of voltage. I also tested it with a USB charged video game and it worked.

I am not having any difficulties or challenges with making the product or the website but I am having difficulties managing my time.

Day rating (progress): 7/10

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Day 6:

I smoothed some of the pieces today and got Mr. Thorburn to cut a hole for my handle. I then glued the inner parts of my project into the to glued pieces last time. I then glued the other sides and covered it from the top as well I finished making my product. I did not have Humanities today but I worked on it at home. I finished the experiments about the inclined plane in science and made calculations about the work done.

I consulted Mr. Herrmann on how to go through the experiments before finishing the experiments. I think I am still a bit behind in Humanities. I need to continue to work on Humanities work at home. I think I am up to date with DT and science. I made lots of changes to my website today. I changed the header image to a more aesthetically pleasing one and I also changed the theme. It is much better than when the IICS theme was activated.

I used my product with a phone and it worked. I also checked with a voltmeter. I think I have a challenge with planning my time because I am a bit behind on humanities.

Day rating (progress): 9/10

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Day 7:

I finished my product, so I left it at home and continued with my process journal entries. I did not have Humanities. I am still behind in Humanities so I am doing a bit more then 1 hour a week of homework. I did not have Science. I am still behind on the calculations. I have not made any changes to my product or my website. I tested my product with a phone and voltmeter and it still works. I have not had any difficulties but I think I should start doing more homework from science to finish it. My product still works with various devices.

Day rating (progress): 8/10

Day 8:

I brought my product to school to test it and take images and videos, but a classmate tried using it and it accidentally broke. So I fixed it with contact adhesive. In Humanities, I continued with the deeper investigation in humanities, but I am still a bit behind. In Science, I finally finished the calculations and started on the evaluation. I found out that we wouldn’t get a lot more time in Science to work on Construction stage work; instead, we started on a new investigation that is not included in the construction stage.

I am still behind on Science as well. I think I need to step up and do some extra homework to quickly get these done. I did not consult I am having difficulties managing my time; I need to work on the stuff on bus rides so I can get it done. My bus has no Internet so I can’t do humanities work. I tried testing my product but the glue hadn’t set so the handle broke again. My progress isn’t going as well as I had hoped.

Day rating (progress): 5/10

Day 9:

I did not have any of the subjects today. I worked at home but I have not finished. I am doing about 10 minutes of homework everyday, I think at this rate, I can get the work done in time, but I want to finish it before hand so I can get some feedback. My progress is average. I am having a bit difficulty on doing my process journal entries everyday.

I forget to do them for one or tow days, but I manage to write then down after. I talked to my mentor and we organized a meeting for the next extended homeroom time because she is my homeroom teacher. I am waiting for the next DT period so I can fix my product. It cannot work without the handle so I could not test it.

Day rating (progress): 7/10

Day 10:

In DT, I applied contact adhesive to the handle again and waited for it to dry. At the end of the day, I tried using my product and the handle broke again. I think this might be a problem if it keeps braking like this. In science, I started a new investigation that is not linked into the Construction stage. I think this is not a very good idea because we are working on the interdisciplinary unit but this is only in science.

This investigation could be done after the unit was over but it is happening in between. I found out that there will be another investigation, which will be linked the interdisciplinary unit, but it will be done after the one that is not linked to the unit. In Humanities, I continued with the deeper investigation on pulleys. I am still a bit behind because I did not get a lot of Humanities homework done from the beginning.

I did not consult with anyone today, but I am waiting for my meeting with my mentor. I am still having difficulties with managing time, and filling my process journal entries. I could not test my product because it is still broken. This could turn into a big problem.

Day rating (progress): 6/10

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Day 11:

Today, I missed all the periods because we went on a field trip to the Koc museum. It was to teach us more about machines. But I think it was a waste of time because anything we did there was not organized. It would have been better if we had some kind of sheet to fill out so we could learn more. I tried to find out more about the simple machines and a place I liked particularly was the lumber mill because

I could see how all the different simple machines worked together to cut the log. I am waiting for my meeting with my mentor, which is tomorrow. I have not consulted with anyone today. I could not fix my product because I have not had a DT product. I think this can be fixed but it could turn into a major problem. My progress is not going very well, I need to do some extra homework to get it done and receive feedback.

Day rating (progress): 7/10

 Day 12:

In DT, I asked Mr. Thorbrun about why the contact adhesive was not working, and he said that the glue on the product needs to be set in one position for 1 hour. Every time I tried using it before, it was in less then an hour so it broke. Mr. Thorburn helped me to glue it and told me not to move it for an hour. In Science, I continued with the investigation that is not linked with the construction stage or the interdisciplinary unit.

I did not consult with anyone today. I think that we should get an extension because a lot of the periods have been missed due to the field trips, MAP testing and the ISL tournaments. I was supposed to have the meeting with my mentor but she had other plans for homeroom and we didn’t have our meeting. I think that my progress is going good and I will be done with just enough time to get some feedback. I tested my product after with a device and it worked. I have not had any difficulties today.

Day rating (progress): 9/10

Day 13:

I did not have DT today. In Humanities, I continued with the deeper investigation. It turns out that picking the pulley for deeper investigation is very difficult because I tried for a long time and could not find any good source that were related to it.

Every source said something different. At the end, I found something that was on a few different website so I used that/ I science, we did a lever challenge with a classmate. It was not related to the interdisciplinary unit, so I think that it was something that could be done later. I would have liked this time to work on the science part of the construction stage. I did not consult anyone today. I tested my product with several devices and it worked.

I am having some difficulty doing the process journal entries. I don’t do them for 2 or 3 days because I don’t get the time to. My progress is going okay, but I would like to speed it up so I can get feedback.

Day rating (progress): 9/10

 Day 14:

Today I brought my product to school to video it and take photos. It started working and was charging the phone but then another part of the handle broke. I applied contact adhesive to it and let it dry. At the end of the day, it worked with no problems at all. I decided to not bring it to school anymore until the due date because I feel there is some kind of jinx on it.

I did not have Humanities or Science today. My progress is going good because I finished making my product and I can utilize the DT periods for other work. I found out that we got a one-week extension on it because of all the periods that were missed.

I am feeling relieved and think I can do my work slower now. I am still having difficulties doing my process journals on time, but I am still doing them after sometime.

Day rating (progress): 9/10

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Day 15:

Today in DT, I went to the library to work on the humanities part because I was done with construction. I got a lot of work done in the library and caught up to where I was suppose to be at this point. I don’t need to do extra work on humanities now and I have enough time to receive feedback for the Humanities part. In Science, I continued with the investigation that was not required in the interdisciplinary unit.

I caught up with a lot of humanities work and just need to make some final changes and it will be ready to upload. I am still having some difficulties keeping up with my process journals and I still haven’t had a meeting with my mentor. I think I should stop my work at the end of each period and do a process journal entry so I can’t forget to do it. My product is still working with various devices and I have added little feature to it. I drew an arrow towards the way it is supposed to be cranked. I did not make changes to my blog.

Day rating (progress): 10/10

Day 16:

I did not have DT, Humanities, or Science today, but I got work done at home. I think now that my progress has gotten a lot better after the double period in the library. I also worked a lot over the weekends so I got lots of work done. I didn’t have the chance to start on the science part because of the lever investigation.

But I started working on it slowly. I think I can get it done and ask for some feedback in time. I did not consult anyone today. My product still works with various devices and I have not made changes to my website. I am still having difficulties with keeping up to date with my process journals.

Day rating (progress): 8/10

Day 17:

Today, in DT, I continued to work on my process journals. I am almost up to date with them. I am only behind on two of the entries. In Science, we did something called the lever challenge. We challenged our partners by putting a weight on one side, and the other person needed to balance it by putting a different weight in a different position on the other side. I have done a lot of work on science and I am almost done.

In Humanities, I worked on my historical investigation. Mr. Johnson was giving everyone feedback but I could never get my turn. I did not consult anyone today. My product still works with various devices. My progress is going pretty well and I am ready to receive feedback. I am not having any difficulties.

Day rating (progress): 8/10

Day 18:

I did not have DT or science today. In Humanities, I worked on the deeper investigation, and finished it today. I couldn’t get my turn for feedback today so I am waiting for the next humanities period to receive feedback.

I did not make changes to my product or my website and I am not having any difficulties. I think I might not be able to receive feedback from Mr. Johnson because there are so many people who want feedback before me. I did not consult anyone today.

Day rating (progress): 8/10

Day 19:

In DT, I worked on my process journal entries. In Science, we got some time to work on the construction stage and I managed to get some feedback from Mr. Herrmann. I did not have Humanities today. I finally got a meeting with my mentor but I think it was useless. All we had to do was tell her where we are and how much work we did. And then the mentor types it down.

I don’t think this is helping us with our projects. I started uploading all my work from the document to the website. I finished uploading all the work but I still have a little bit left for the process journal and testing against specification. I did not make changes to my product.

Day rating (progress): 8/10 

Day 20:

Today in Humanities I worked on my website and created all my citations. I also worked on my process journals. In Science, I worked on the construction stage. I did not have DT today. I uploaded the citations to my website but I did not make changes to my product. I got some feedback from Mr. Johnson today. I also consulted Mr. Thorburn on how to do the testing against specification part. My progress is going well and I am almost done.

Day rating (progress): 10/10 

Day 21:

I missed all periods today because I was participating in a Badminton tournament. I am done with Humanities and Science but I still have to give my product to Mr. Thorburn. I think my progress went well for this stage and I am relieved that this stage is over. Now only the Presentation stage is left and I think it will be quite easy.

Day rating (progress): 10/10