As I am applying to MSEL, the only class that I knew anything about was a class called engineering with some teacher named Ms. Oropallo. Little did I know at the time that she would become one of my favorite teachers and the class would be the only reason why I was really excited to go to school on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The first day of junior year was filled with excitement, but the only class I wanted to go to that day was engineering and I had to wait till the end of the day when it was finally 6th period. When we got to the class Ms.Oropallo greeted us with her ecstatic personality and explained to us our big project for the year which was chicken coops, but we had to start small first so we each created a spoon. The first thought I had when we got handed this project, was how am I going to do this and what is it going to look like? I started out slow by simply drawing a design that I thought was nice and then I made marks as to where I would make my relief cuts. I then transferred it to wood and began the process of turning an ordinary piece of wood into a beautiful spoon.
Throughout the spoon process I faced many ups and downs, but with the downs came a whole new design. As I began cutting out my spoon there were some parts that I cut out perfectly and some that turned out horribly wrong. Because of those horribly wrong cuts I was able to learn to move around it and cut it into a whole different idea. The many things that I took away from this project is that you can’t always be a perfectionist in engineering and because of that I learned that not everything has to be done perfectly even though in every other class everything has to be done perfectly in my perspective.
The chicken coop project is our long term project and we get to design and create a chicken coop that we are eventually going to sell later in April. My group has two other people besides me and they are Chris and Madeline. We are a very cohesive group and are able to work with each other well and we all share our ideas and implement them into the final product. So far our chicken coop is coming out great we have put the basics together. This whole process hasn’t been easy and it takes a lot of precision. At first we had no idea what we wanted to do so we kept spitting out as many ideas as possible and finally came to a conclusion of what we wanted our coop to look like. Your basic chicken coop with a living roof and a skylight. Before we even started the building process we went on a field trip to two different places to collect used materials for our coop. The first stop was Urban Ore in Berkeley and we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted but we did find a couple of windows and a couple of decorations. At the Away Station in Fairfax we found more decorations and we were able to feel like our coop was off to a good start even though we hadn’t started building it at the time.The building experience has been a roller coaster, but everyday as a group we make the most of it and have had many laughs as we get through each day.
It’s almost been halfway through the year and I’ve learned many things about engineering and it has made me think of a potential career path for me since I have developed a love for group work and building. I still have many things to learn but with the current knowledge I have I am able to build a chicken coop so far and I hope to be able to continue building things outside of the class.