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BLOG OF THE WEEK (2/2/15)

Techie Club, 2/4/2015: 3D Printing!
Today in Techie Club we learned about 3D printing! If you don’t know what 3D printing is, it’s when you make a design and then print it out with a 3D printer to make a three dimensional object (basically what it sounds like). First, we watched a presentation about 3D printers and the kinds of things you can print with them. You can basically print anything, even crazy objects like the impossible star, since the printer can print things interconnected. Fun fact: 3D printers can even print food! This works because the melted substance it what the 3D printer uses to print. Most 3D printed objects use two types of plastic: PLA and ABS. PLA is lower quality plastic, and ABS is the type of plastic in Lego(but it can be hazardous). They showed us a 3D printer printing a heart, and it was really cool. Then we got on a website called Thingiverse, where you can create and change 3D printing models by you and other people. There is a ton of really cool models! 3D printing is awesome!
(cbsafs141, 04 February 2015)

BLOG OF THE WEEK (1/19/15)

Binary Language
Today in techie club we learned about binary language. Binary language is the language that a computer uses for numbers. For example, we write the number fifteen, 15. In binary language 15 would be 01111. It is kind of hard to understand, but I will explain it later.
In binary language there are only two numbers. As you can probably guess, they are 1 and 0. We got cards and we put them in order. They started at 16 and then 8, 4, 2, and 1. They told us that the back of each card represented 0 and the front represented 1. At first we started with easy ones like 4. You turn over the card that has a 4 on it and leave the rest on the 0 side. Then we did harder ones like 11. 11 is 01011. Remember, the cards were in order as 16, 8, 4, 2, 1. So, 01011 would represent 08021. If you add all of those numbers together, you get 11.
After that, we learned how to add binary numbers. In binary numbers there is no 2, so if you have to add 1+1, it would be 0, carry the 1. For example, if you added 00001+ 00001 (00001= 1), you would have to put a 0 down and carry the 1 on top of the next number, which in this case is 0. Then, you would add 1+ 0, which of course, is 1. So the answer would be 00010, which is equal to 2.
Like I said, binary numbers can be very confusing at first, but after a while it gets a little easier.
(cbstte141, 21 January 2015)

BLOG OF THE WEEK (1/12/15)

Learn To Be Specific
Today I learned to be way more specific because computers are not dumb but if it receives some instructions it has to be really specific it will do very creative things with not very specific instructions. we did a project were we had to give instructions to Tech volunteers to “help” us make a jelly sandwich we all had ideas for instructions and we all corrected ourselves and other students. We also had to specifically tell our partner how to draw a house or boat it was fun but sometimes I wasn’t specific enough or my partner wasn’t but it turned out fine.It was fun trying to explain how to draw even if its not my specialty.
(cbsdxm144, 15 January 2015)

BLOG OF THE WEEK (1/5/15)

Techie Club 1/7/15: More Scratch!
Today in Techie Club, we did more Scratch! The game I’m working on is a game where you are a submarine and you are trying to destroy missiles. I’m not very far along yet, but it’s going pretty well. I admit there are a few bugs and glitches right now, even in the early stages, but when it’s finished I think it should work pretty well. Basically, it’s programmed so when the missiles touch the sub or the ground, the game ends, but when they touch the torpedoes that you fire, it disables them. I’m planning to make it so that there are several levels and each level has more and more missiles. It uses a lot of blocks that I haven’t used before, so it’s interesting to see what I can do. I few blocks I used are broadcast message, which tells another sprite (character) what to do, and a block that sends a message if it is touching a certain sprite. If you didn’t know already, blocks are the things that make scratch programs work.
(cbsafs141, 07 January 2015)

BLOG OF THE WEEK (12/8/14)

The Day the Video Game Designer Came
Today, I had a really good time at Techie Club! A professional video game designer came in to talk to us about video game designing. He had made video games based on movies, like his Alvin and the Chipmunks video game, and the Tale of Despereaux video game that he had made. He also showed us a short video that he talked about — it was about a boy, Caleb, who had diabetes. The video game designer explained that some people with diabetes have to poke a needle in their finger to get a drop of blood on it, then put it on a special device (I have momentarily forgotten its name, but it ends in “meter!”), and it tells the person that has diabetes how much sugar is in their blood. The video game designer said that the person with diabetes had to do this four times a day. Anyways, the video game designer had made a video game program to distract the person that has diabetes. I thought it was nice of him to care about the people around him.
After we listened to the video game designer, we were divided into groups and each group got a piece of paper and wrote down a verb and a noun. My group wrote, “Thinking Kittens,” and we had to have a genre, platform, target audience, a sentence describing it, 3 game mechanics, and a paragraph explaining the game idea overall. This was a plan for a game. We did this very quickly, and it was hard sometimes for our group to come up with ideas. However, it was fun, and now I know how to brainstorm ideas for video games!
(cbsrek141, 10 December 2014)

BLOG OF THE WEEK (12/1/14)

HOLY SMACKNUGGETS, IT’S OVER 9000!!!
Dear Bros,
Today I customized a computer, and the cost was, ummmmm, lemme check, ummmmm, ummmm, OVER 9000!!!(pesos) It had everything inside including a magic elf (100 pesos each). Then we took apart an old computer, and learned Moore’s Law: A computer’s speed doubles after 2 years. We learned about hardware and software, floppy discs, and RAM. Peace out bros, baii!
(cbssxg141, 03 December 2014)

Computer Inspection
Today in techie club, we looked inside some computers. We got to see the motherboard, CPU, power source, solid-state drive, and a whole lot of other important parts of the computer. We found out that spinning hard drives are now being replaced by solid-state drives, which don’t spin so if you knock over your computer while using it, it won’t lose any memory. It is amazing how many different parts of the computer there are and how they are all important.
(cbsmic141, 03 December 2014)

Scratch
Today in techie club we started programming on Scratch. It was fun. There was so much stuff to do. First they walked us through. We had to change the backdrop to spotlight stage. We had to get a sprite and it had to be the first letter of our first name. We made it turn 15 degrees forever so that it was just spinning in circles. Then, we had to make it so that it changed color by 25. We then got two more sprites, the first letter of our middle name and the first letter of our last name. We dragged the commands over to those two so that they did the same thing. Then, we had to figure out how to make one go slower and one go faster. We had to change how far it turned. If I made it turn 10 degrees it looked like it went slower. With 100 degrees it looked like it went faster.
Then, we got to do what we wanted. I tried to make a parrot fly in space but it was really hard. I also made a girl dance but that wasn’t very hard. to make the girl dance all I had to do was make it so that it started when I clicked the flag. Then I had to change it from costume a to costume b forever with one second between every change. I have a little bit of experience with Scratch so I already knew how to do a lot of the stuff, but I did learn a few new things.
(cbstte141, 03 December 2014)

First Day of Robotics
Today (finally) we did robotics, which I found out the word ‘robot’ was made by a play director. Today we made a car and a top spinner, which took up all of our time.
(cbsgxf141, 03 December 2014)