AP testing got us…But robots!!!!!

WHO THOUGHT OF THIS??? AP testing? Whaaaaaa?

This week has been an overly stressful week for many of us. With the majority taking an AP course feel as though they have been carrying a lot of weight on their back, literally(hehe.) Many have been carrying AP books and flashcards in an attempt to focus on their subjects and trying to do well on the AP test. The courses range from AP Environmental Science to AP Spanish. It has been acknowledged that junior year is the most tough year yet. We have been confronted with sleepless nights and tough lessons. With one month left of school, many of our bodies are are halfway out the door while the other half is halfway through textbooks. However, we will still continue to do well within our classes and push through what is left of school. With that said, within this last month of school, we will be designing and building a robot in our MSEL Engineering Technology.

The project couldn’t have come at a better time! Will this cloud of stress hogging over us, the project is the ray of sunshine we have desperately needed!

When having had seen the robot, a spark of excitement and questions were ignited within us. Did she make it? How? What does it do? Is that a syringe? Are we making one?

Luckily,yes. As one of the last projects, Ms.Oropallo decided to have us design and build our own robot with a partner. Ms. Oropallo also handed us a packet that included background information on the required functions the robot must meet. Within the packet, there was also information about Pascal’s Laws, pneumatics, and hydraulics. Looking through the packet, I found myself noticing all the math this project may require. Although math isn’t my strongest subject, I find it really cool. I love how this project incorporates math skills, i

magination, engineering, technology, and serious environmental issues.

The scenario within this project was that a massive oil spill has occurred and no human wanted to interact with the toxic waste. Luckily, a robot could serve as an aide. Having this scenario incorporated with the project helps us see the possibilities within engineering and technology. The possibilities within technology are endless.

As we begin this project and head towards finals, the message I would like to leave you with is, “May the odds be ever in your favor.” 




Junior in the MSEl program

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21 Responses

  1. Casey says:

    I love your blog Maria. It’s clever and funny. Also like how you explained the stress of AP testing. Nice pictures to go along with your blog too. Good job!

  2. Ember Ember says:

    Great blog, Maria! I am so excited about our upcoming robot project! Nice pictures, as well.

  3. nivie nivie says:

    Awesome blog Maria! I love having this positivity in our Marin SEL family! Yes, AP testing was stressful and annoying and sleep-depriving and draining and tiring and all that, but engineering let’s us use creative skills and doesn’t stress us out!! Anyways.. sorry if that comment was not really about engineering…

  4. chiaracameron says:

    I love how you included what our other daily school life is like! Awesome job!

  5. kiera kiera says:

    MARIA! You are so funny!! Great job explaining the school year and the robotics project. Can’t wait to see everyone’s final bot!

  6. ethanking123 ethanking123 says:

    First of all great title. You captured the stress of dealing with AP testing while also adding some fun stuff by discussing the robot arm project. Great blog Maria!

  7. Dorian Stocking Dorian Stocking says:

    Great title, great blog, and I love the last line of this!

  8. cheyenne.biel cheyenne.biel says:

    Maria, this was such a funny blog! You summed up the approaching end of the year beautifully. Very well written, keep up the good work! 🙂

  9. Meredith100 says:

    You were right on point with your description of AP testing! This robot arm project is exactly what we needed to get our mines off of memorizing formulas, facts, and definitions and using our minds for creativity! Great job!

  10. Sophi Sophi says:

    Maria, you are spot on with the AP stress. AHH. But the robot project is really cool and I’m glad you are so de-stressed by it. Plus I love that you enjoy using math skills in the project despite admitting that it wasn’t your strongest subject. That shows that you are really up for anything and ready to take on any challenge with strong enthusiasm. Awesome blog!

  11. KaylaHope says:

    Great job describing the stress of AP’s with humor! I’m so excited to see everyone’s robots and I’m glad you gave an introduction to them in your blog. Good job!

  12. Dylan Adler Dylan Adler says:

    Great blog Maria! Very funny! Oh boy, AP testing was rough! I’m so glad its over! I am so excited to build the robot too!

  13. Natalia Natalia says:

    Baby Maria! You are so funny! I loved your blog! You got all of the past weeks emotions into one blog. This robot project is tough but we got this!

  14. Sami McLaughlin Sami McLaughlin says:

    You are so funny! haha..I am honestly scared for this project, it seems really tough, but i know we can all pull it off. Really nice job summing this up! 🙂

  15. Alyssa Ceccanti-Harris Alyssa Ceccanti-Harris says:

    Haha nice job describing the stress of AP testing. I can’t wait to see the robot when they’re finished! Well done Maria!s

  16. Ani Pirinjian Ani Pirinjian says:

    Maria! You did a great job of describing this point in the school year and I love the pictures of students working on their robot designs 🙂

  17. claireparkinson claireparkinson says:

    AP tests have been so stressful…my last one is on Wednesday! I can’t wait till its over. You’re right, this robot project is gonna be challenging but so awesome

  18. Joanmarie Joanmarie says:

    I enjoyed reading your fun and entertaining blog! It is so true that we are super stressed about finals and ap testing…. We got this!! Great blog and pictures 🙂

  19. KingLouis KingLouis says:

    Nice job Maria. I’m very exited to do the robot activity!

  20. Edwinmira415 Edwinmira415 says:

    I’m sorry that you’ve lost lots of sleep in your late nights of studying and finishing homework. I liked reading your post, it just got me more excited for the robot project in engineering. Great post maria!

  21. JTooms911 says:

    Good job Maria! I really liked your blog. This project with the robots sure is gonna be an interesting one! haha. Luckily I didn’t take an AP class, cause I don’t think my back could take the stress! And first post creds!!

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