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In MESA last semester we did a lot of very fun projects. One project that I enjoyed very much was the prosthetic hand. This took a lot of effort and time, but it was worth it. It also made me learn many things. Another thing it showed me is how to organize my thoughts and put them in action.
What Mr. Clark expected from us was to do a prosthetic hand that could move its five fingers and hold things. I started to get ideas from the videos my teacher showed us on how to do it. From the videos I saw, I knew how and what I was going to need. I cut and found materials that would work best.The materials that I utilized were cardboard, string, and glue. These I thought very carefully on were to put them and how to use them.
To start building I put all my materials in a work bench or a table. I cut my cardboard in different shapes and sizes. These I used it for the palm and fingers,which were part of the hand. After that I used the glue to put the cardboard, palm together. I also used the glue to stick the fingers to the top of the palm. Lastly, I used the string to make my fingers move. I just needed to add a few touches and I was finish.
This project showed me many different things. One thing it showed me is how to work independently. We are going to be working more independently, so this projected showed me it was not that hard. To work independently all you need to do is listen or pay very close attention on what the teachers or someone expects you to do. This is how the prosthetic hand showed me to work independently.
This is why the prosthetic hand we did in MESA was worth it's time and effort. It was also educative because it taught me how to work independently. Another thing it showed was to organize my ideas. Lastly, I learned to put together my thoughts. Now you know many things I learned from this project.
In the beginning of the school year my classmates and I built a handmade wooden gumball machine in Mr. Clark's classroom. The process was very fun and it taught me useful life lessons. It took a week to finish the process and involved a lot of hard work, but in the end it was all worth it. We learned how to use many different tools like saws, spray paint, sand paper, hammers, rasps and a G clamp. During the process I learned how to be more responsible. The process gave me more knowledge about how to use hand tools that I didn't think I knew how to use or was afraid to use. The task was very difficult for my classmates and I because it was something we had never done before. In conclusion, I had a wonderful experience building a handmade wooden gumball machine that taught me various lessons and new skills.
I would like to give a special thank you to Michael Murdock for creating The Grades Awaken Trailer. Michael did an excellent job of editing to include Maverick Mustang in the trailer. Everyone at our Renaissance Awards assembly really enjoyed it.
Here is some information about Michael:
Graduated from Pioneer Middle School in 1998. I'm 30 years old, married 6 years with 2 kids. Graduated with a degree in Computer Science with and Emphasis in Animation. I've worked on 6 feature films including Ice Age 4, Men in Black 3, and The Peanuts movie, I also work on commercials, documentaries and just started a youtube page "murdockmotion" (where I've made two viral videos The Binks Awakens #1 & #2). I love movies and everything about them. The first time I ever dabbled in Computer Animation was at Pioneer in the Computer Wheel elective (Woodshop, art, cooking and computers) where I made a 3D Pokemon scene. Good times!!
Thank you again Michael,