On Friday we presented our Bicycle Blender to our sisters. When we first assembled everything at our station, the attention of many girls was drawn automatically towards us. First of all because we had a bicycle rolling down the hallway all the way to our station. The smell of toast was also a big factor for the attraction of students and even teachers. We had butter we made ourselves to share with our sisters while speaking to them about our project. We shared with them the challenges we had and how we overcame them, how we changed our idea of making a smoothie blender to having a butter maker, how we initially had a rowing machine to work with and ended up using a bike. The reaction everyone had was amazing! They were all extremely surprised with the fact that we made butter on our own, almost all of them said “What? You made butter? On your own? How?” , it was a great experience for us.
Skills that we all took from this project that will be beneficial for us in the future are communication, time-management, and learning how to manage new equipment. Communication is a big skill that will always be useful, as a group we communicated very well,constantly reminding each other of what we were supposed to do in a polite manner. Time-management was also a helpful skill because we all had to take some time away from our personal life to work on our project. The most appealing skill was learning how to manage new equipment because we got to experience building some of our material with tools we had never used before.
Our group will like to finish our Bicycle Blender to see if it will actually function the way we want it to. In the station, the blender did not hold up to the bike because the axis was way too long for the bike itself as well as the blender detaching from the bike due to us not being able to finish our prototype on time. We wish to finish it because we faced many challenges to just not finish and see where all our work and time went. After the Make-O-Rama we decided to look over our project and we saw what we needed to fix in order to get the bike to work so its just a matter of time before we get back on the horse to finish what we started.
Advice that we would give to another group is that to persevere through any challenges that you face in your team. We say this because when we first started all of us had different expectations for our project so we had to regroup and share our ideas so everyone was heard, this allowed us to better our communication and work together effectively. If we could do this project all over again we would change how our work was divided because at times the workload wasn’t given evenly as well as focusing more during class rather than procrastinating because in the end that ended up hurting our prototype and deadlines we had set for ourselves.
The grade that our team deserves is 86 because we did not complete our bicycle blender the way we desire too. We were prepared with questions that our sisters or teachers had when we presented our project. Also, we had our project with us during the presentation even though they weren’t attach to each other. Finally, we managed our time with all the changes we were making throughout this semester.