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Week of May 21st

Keep cool and stay focused, only a couple weeks to go – summer is waiting.

 

-Ms Nolat

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Y1 - Final Exam Summary

In case any of you weren’t keeping track as we went through the topics, here is a summary of what we’ve covered in your first year.  You can find a set of review cards in the Mezzanine that go over each of these topics in detail.  The “Topic” is how the IB lists the content; you’l find our exercises related to that content on the Floor listed at the end.

In the core content (for both SL and HL), we covered:

  • Topic 1 – Anthropometrics and human factors (Floor 5)
  • Topic 2 – Resource management and sustainable production (Floors 7 and 8)
  • Topic 3 – Modeling, sections .1 to .3 (conceptual, graphical and physical) (Floor 3)
  • Topic 4 – Raw materials to final product (Floors 4 and 6)

In the HL content we covered:

  • Topic 7 – User centered design & usability, section .1 and .2 (UCD and Usability) (Floor 12)
  • Topic 9 – Innovation and markets, section .4 and .5 (Market research and branding) (Floor 14)
  • Topic 10 – Commercial production (Floor 15)

In the core, that leaves us only topics 5 (Invention and Innovation) and 6 (Classic design) to cover next year.  In HL, we’ll have the second portion of topic 7, topic 8 (Sustainability) and the first portion of topic 9 (Corporate strategies, market sectors and segments, and marketing mix) to cover next year.

That means you are in great shape in terms of coverage of your content.  How are you feeling about your IA?  Have you spent enough time each week on developing your problem definition, so you have a really thorough and fully fleshed-out problem definition?  The more work you put into it, the easier the rest of your work will become.  If you’ve gone light on effort put into defining the problem, now would be a good time to add a few extra hours of research and user observation (User centered design, remember?), to nail down a fully detailed problem definition.

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Week of May 14th

Back for the final push.  Keep cool and focused for the next few weeks – summer is waiting.

Talk about sustainability has been very prevalent in design news this week.  First there was a really beautiful pavilion created with interlocking stone block in Jericho, showcasing stone as a more flexible and beautiful product than may have been thought.  It’s part of a larger project aimed at both identifying unique and inventive stone techniques as well as preserving knowledge of how to work with stone as a material.

Then, SolarGaps announced a new window blind that incorporates solar cells and automated sun tracking, which the company claims can reduce your power bill by huge amounts, in part because each blind is capable of generating about 100 watts per square meter.

And on the sustainable energy front, Germany continues to lead the world, according to Inhabitat: “Germany has outdone itself yet again when it comes to clean energy. From April 30 through May 1, the country set a national record by generating 85% of all its energy needs using renewable wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. And this isn’t just an anomaly – experts believe that this will be the new normal for Germany by 2030.”

-Ms Nolat

Morning announcements
Y1 - Final Exam Summary

In case any of you weren’t keeping track as we went through the topics, here is a summary of what we’ve covered in your first year.  You can find a set of review cards in the Mezzanine that go over each of these topics in detail.  The “Topic” is how the IB lists the content; you’l find our exercises related to that content on the Floor listed at the end.

In the core content (for both SL and HL), we covered:

  • Topic 1 – Anthropometrics and human factors (Floor 5)
  • Topic 2 – Resource management and sustainable production (Floors 7 and 8)
  • Topic 3 – Modeling, sections .1 to .3 (conceptual, graphical and physical) (Floor 3)
  • Topic 4 – Raw materials to final product (Floors 4 and 6)

In the HL content we covered:

  • Topic 7 – User centered design & usability, section .1 and .2 (UCD and Usability) (Floor 12)
  • Topic 9 – Innovation and markets, section .4 and .5 (Market research and branding) (Floor 14)
  • Topic 10 – Commercial production (Floor 15)

In the core, that leaves us only topics 5 (Invention and Innovation) and 6 (Classic design) to cover next year.  In HL, we’ll have the second portion of topic 7, topic 8 (Sustainability) and the first portion of topic 9 (Corporate strategies, market sectors and segments, and marketing mix) to cover next year.

That means you are in great shape in terms of coverage of your content.  How are you feeling about your IA?  Have you spent enough time each week on developing your problem definition, so you have a really thorough and fully fleshed-out problem definition?  The more work you put into it, the easier the rest of your work will become.  If you’ve gone light on effort put into defining the problem, now would be a good time to add a few extra hours of research and user observation (User centered design, remember?), to nail down a fully detailed problem definition.

Job Assignments, alerts and challenges

DT1

Beginning DT

IB DT Y1

Class of 2018
  • Current Jobs
  • Criterion B.1
  • → Read topic 2.6, Eco-Design
  • → Read topic 2.5, Green Design
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  • -From last week
  • • Syldavia, a small controversy
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  • All done?
  • • Design Project
  • See Dodavi on the Third Floor

IB DT Y2

Class of 2017

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Week of May 7th

Back for the final push.  Keep cool and focused for the next few weeks – summer is waiting.

Remember the really great work IKEA did in designing and providing thousands of refugee shelters that improved on the traditional tent?  They’ve run into a spot of trouble, having to do with the somewhat higher flammability than they’d prefer.  Most of the shelters are in temporary storage while they sort it out.  IKEA, and the NGO they’re working with for distribution, are being praised for the way they’ve handled this setback.

A reminder for those of you interested in architecture, the Future House Micro House design competition is a great chance to really practice your architecture design skills with a fairly limited scope.  The deadline for submissions is August 15th.  Here’s one example of a Micro House, though I think I’d like a bathroom and a kitchen in any house I live in, even a tiny one.  Wouldn’t you?

(Mr. Morris will be taking over the HS branch of Nolat Labs for me next year, while Mr. Miller moves to the MS branch.  I will suggest that Mr. Morris offer extra credit to anyone who shows proof of entry and turns in a completed design in August when school starts.  I can’t guarantee he’ll go for the idea, but I will suggest it to him.)

-Ms Nolat

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Week of April 30th

Yet another 4-day week?!  I don’t know how things get finished at this place, with so many interruptions.  I hope you find it restful and useful, though.

Sustainability news this week heard the announcement of a plastic eating caterpillar.  In a truly exciting development for our world’s environment, scientists confirmed the surprising discovery of a caterpillar that actually digests plastic as a food source.  This could end up revolutionizing the way we deal with plastic waste in the ocean and elsewhere.

Another fun development, especially for those of you interested in architecture, is the Future House Micro House design competition, looking for outstanding design of micro houses (under 500 square ft / 46 sq m).  Students are allowed to enter, the prizes run to the hundreds of dollars, and the deadline for submissions is August 15th.

-Ms Nolat

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Week of April 23rd

Welcome back!  I hope your break was as restful as mine.  Warmer weather is gone and hot has arrived!  In hot news, Apple is working toward an amazing 100% use of re-used materials in all it’s products.  They’re not there yet, but it’s a pretty exciting goal for the world’s largest Tech company to announce.

In less exciting but more urgent news, scientists just reported that by the current best estimate, we have just one decade in which to make the changes necessary to limit climate changes to a level that wouldn’t be disastrous.

-Ms Nolat

Morning announcements
DT18: IA Deadline extended

The deadline for turning in your revised Criterion A has been extended to the end-of-school on Sunday, April 30th.

Gov't Inspection coming up

Sunday April 30th will mark the opening of the Government Inspection for production, the 2nd half of Topic 2.  As usual, you will have the week to take the inspection as many times as you like (with a 2-hour delay between attempts).  It will close on Saturday night, the 6th of May.

Job Assignments, alerts and challenges

DT1

Beginning DT

IB DT Y1

Class of 2018
  • Current Jobs
  • → Criterion A revised (due 4/30)
  • → Gov’t Insp. on production (opening 4/30)
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  • -From last week
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  • All done?
  • • Design Project
  • See Dodavi on the Third Floor

IB DT Y2

Class of 2017

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Week of April 9th

I hope you’re loving the warmer (but not yet hot) weather as much as I am.  Although I do wish it would move into northern Europe a bit quicker.

Dezeen just started a year-long exploration of how we’ll live and work in the future.  It’s a really thought provoking exploration.  Take a look and see if you start thinking of products we’ll need as our lives start changing.

Luca Alvergue, working with Trotech Laser in Cadana, has created some beautiful laser-cut acrylic and wood lights.  They’re reminiscent of chandeliers, but much easier to make.  Luca and Trotech even shared the STL files with the community on Instructables, so we can all make these gorgeous lights.  Even more interesting, I think, is bpark1000’s comment on that post; s/he talks about the industrial design aspects of the project, the material properties of acrylic that are affected, and how to work with/around them.  Great stuff for budding designers!

 

-Ms Nolat

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