The Final Countdown

Music blasting from Monica’s speaker, nails from the nail gun shooting into pieces of trim and siding, constant chatter of high school drama… all common sounds you would hear if you walked into our second period engineering class. Everyday is a new adventure in this class; we are all faced with new situations and challenges. This is not only a very fun class; we also learn how to work in real life situations and how to make up our mess-ups.

Mistakes, very common if a first year engineering class because most of us are building for the first time ever. As a result, our chicken coops are full of mistakes. But, if you took a look at our coops, you would not be able to tell because we have learned how to fix and work around our mistakes. I was working on the door to my chicken coop with my friend Mia. We realized as we were nailing through the pallet wood and plywood that the nails were too long and they ended up sticking out the other end. At first we were annoyed because we had no idea how to work around this, but then we came up with the great idea to grind the nails off. Now if you have ever used a grinder, it is a pretty sick tool. Our mistake of using too long of nails turned into a whole class period of being able to use the grinder. The sparks make some really cool pictures too. In the end, we learned to measure the size of the nails before we hammer them and that mistakes can always be made up.

We are currently in the final stretch of our coops. Most groups are currently working on their roofs and putting finishing touches on. We are all eagerly working hard to finish our coops, excited to see how they will all turn out in the end. A lot of groups are starting to decide what colors to stain and paint their coops. In a few weeks, our coops will be completely done and I am excited to see how they all will look.



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23 Responses

  1. nicm says:

    The title describes it perfectly! We’ve made so much progress and I really to forward to seeing the finished products.

  2. nicm says:

    I completely agree that every day is an adventure. You never really know what to expect with this class – but the outcome is always awesome.

  3. brendav says:

    In our coops, we also made some mistakes, but we learned from them. Great job at describing our class environment!

  4. emilyi emilyi says:

    I feel like most of the mistakes our class has made aren’t considered setbacks or a bad thing. I really like this attitude of thinking and wish that it was used in other classes too!

  5. tarenb says:

    I love how fun this project is with it also being a learning experience.

  6. Patrick Shami Patrick Shami says:

    Seeing you and Mia work with the grinder for the first time was awesome. If only I had pictures of some of the faces you made. I’m glad you have been able to learn from your mistakes. I Know I have.

  7. amberl says:

    It’s so important to learn from your mistakes! Great job on the blog!

  8. angeliquea says:

    Ms. Oropallo is like a Native American fabrication leader. They used to teach their pupils to intentionally place a miscolored bead in their pattern or mess up on stitching because they wanted the pupils to know that mistakes are normal and actually vital for functional living.

  9. avaa says:

    This blog is so awesome! and so cool that it’s true

  10. khanht khanht says:

    I’m excited to see the final coops as well. This is a good blog, Taylor.

  11. jonathanw says:

    mistakes can be fixed, its a good lesson to be learned; though not every mistake can be fixed

  12. angelicap angelicap says:

    The music that Monica plays from the speaker makes me get into a rhythm that helps me get work done faster. Good blog!

  13. mias says:

    Taylor Salling, I had a wonderful time building the door with you. I’m honored you referenced me in your brilliant blog. Thank you, my friend.

  14. Miguel F. Miguel F. says:

    I am also super excited to see the coops when they are finished. They are going to look really cool.

  15. juliettas says:

    The music and sounds make for a really awesome environment when building! I can definitely relate to the mistakes, but everything is turning out pretty awesome! Nice blog.

  16. audreyb says:

    Great job Taylor! It’s true, we mess up all the time but that’s the point of the class: to learn.

  17. anapaulav anapaulav says:

    the suspense is killing me! finish your coops already

  18. meronee says:

    My team’s roof is the best.

  19. selenak says:

    I’m really exceeded to see how everyone paints their coops!

  20. heslerd says:

    I totally agree that we have all worked around many mistakes on the chicken coops. But its always good making mistakes thats how we will improve. Great blog!!!!

  21. inesg inesg says:

    i love working on the coops. angelique and i have made so many mistakes on our coop too but we’ve totally worked it out like you said. we learn to fix errors in this class, theres nothing unfixable; always a way to go around mistakes we make. i love 2nd period

  22. dahlyah says:

    This is so true! Our coop has definitely had our fair share of mistakes but thanks to Ms. O, we’ve learned how to fix them!

  23. monicaz says:

    Great blog! you described our class very well haha. It is true how we all learn from fixing our mistakes. Our coops are almost done!

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