The “Who” with work to do

Being the “Who”, I am, Christmas is my favourite holiday and the countdown started in September. However, this holiday season I not only will deck the halls of my actual house, I will also deck the halls of my house models. But instead of halls, I need to add landscaping to all three of my models. Everything is planned, so it won’t take long, but along with being a “Who”, I am also a teenager, who procrastinates. A lot. In addition to landscaping, I am also in the process of animating a walking tour through my houses. Two out of three “first draft” animations are done and the third is in progress. Over the break, I will finish the landscaping on all three houses, as well as finalize the item placement and complete all of the walkthroughs. Landscaping will definitely take the longest as there are so many options for backyards and shrubs and trees. Finalizing the item placement won’t even take a me a day to complete, so hopefully I will have that done before the break. Completing the walkthroughs will be difficult because I have an issue with not walking through walls. Let me explain: to animate, you find a good still image of your model, and click “add scene”. You move the camera and click “add scene” again. SketchUp then directs the camera from image A to image B. Sometimes getting to image B from image A involves walking through a wall or a couch, which isn’t that big of a deal but it takes up a bunch of time to redo- properly.

Needless to say, I will be a busy “Who” who has a lot of work to do.


All aBout Colour

At the start of the year, every propel student made an “ABC” task board. “A” tasks were directly related to your project, “B” tasks were assignments due like phys. Ed assignments or hour log sheets. “C” tasks were refocusing activities like go for a walk, eat, socialize, dance, etc. The “ABC” task board worked really well for me until my project started to rolling. I wouldn’t so much as look at my task board in days. I kept my head down and worked on my model. Upon strolling past it one day, I erased it completely and changed the colour from blue to green. This helped but not as much as colour coding the entire thing. How very OCD of me. My eye is always drawn to red, so red is most often my “A” task colour. Blue begins with a “B”, so naturally I use it for my “B” tasks. Green is the final colour available, making green the colour of my “C” tasks.
Whenever my eyes are glazing over from looking at a screen for hours on end, I take a gander at my tasks that are yet to be completed, and look at the time. One of two things happen at this point:
1. I shrug off my uncompleted tasks because I still have time.
2. My eyes shoot out of my head because there’s only ten minutes left and I have four assignments due in order to leave.
Option two (luckily) hasn’t occurred in quite some time, but because I’m me, it will. Option one happens every other day. When neither of the options occur, I’m just staring at my board thinking, “Gee, it would be smart to get some of these done,”. After staring for another century, I’ll get to work and check of most, if not all, of my tasks.

On track, ahead of schedule

My project conference went extremely well because I’m ahead of schedule. I find it funny because until that morning I was WAY behind on my project- I didn’t even touch a computer for a week! The reason for that is I wanted to draft out my house on graph paper to find room dimensions and placement that work. Throughout the many drafts, I stuck with the first one with a minor change on the second floor; I turned the bathroom into a jack and Jill bathroom. That’s the only change I made from draft number one to make the plan for my official house outline.

For the meeting, there were four general questions; are you up to date on your deliverables (hand- ins), have you ‘ticked’ enough boxes, are you on track for your timeline, and di you ‘tick’ any boxes that aren’t in your action plan. My answers for the first three were a resounding ‘yes’, because if they weren’t, the fabric of the universe would fall apart. I don’t think it will, but I also don’t exactly want to find out. The final question, did you ‘tick’ any boxes that aren’t in your action plan, threw me for a loop because, being the apple- polisher I am, I thought “why would I do something not in my plan? That doesn’t make any sense,”.

We skipped over that question though, because Mr. H and I thought the ‘next steps’ part would make more sense to focus on. In doing so, I now have six more things to do (that’s a good thing). All of the items on that list are super simple. The next milestone on my list is “Image Export”. In this step, I will send screencaps and LayOut (SketchUp program) files to a printer and print them professionally. Upon hearing more details about this step, Mr. H lit up and began jumping up and down like a kid in a toy store asking his mom for a new Hot Wheels track.

3, not 5

The past few weeks have been full of preparation for getting the ball rolling for our projects. From making draft 2 of my Big Picture Goals, to finishing my Milestones and Action Plans draft 0, I completed a lot of paper and draft work.

Last week, I had a “fill me in about your project” meeting with Mr. H while Mr. P was sick. Because his expertise are in the music and photoshop arena and my project is in the building and design arena, he didn’t know all that much abut my project. In the meeting, I filled him in on what my project idea is and how I plan on doing it by showing him my Big Picture Goals. Of all the notes he gave me, the one that stood out the most was “come up with a catchier title” because “design five houses with the same floor plan but with different furniture and appliance placement” isn’t easy to say. After a ten- minute brainstorming session, I thought of the perfect title: One House Five Ways!

When Mr. P was better and came back, he and I had a meeting regarding my Milestones and Action Plan sheet. Like Mr. H, he had a bunch of notes, the most memorable of Patrician’s is “when your houses are done, schedule a meeting with an architect to push it over the edge”. Our meeting ended and as I got back to work, I began mulling over the “professional architect meeting” idea, and I was getting lost in thought about meeting an architect. Would s/he be like Ted Mosby from “How I Met Your Mother”? Will they like my design? The questions seemed like they would never end, until, Mr. P came over and told me that it might be smarter to do less quantity and more quality. Instead of designing five houses, maybe just design two or three. Along with that, design the houses to people’s lifestyles, like if they have kids or if they’re the entertaining type.

The idea of not doing five houses had never occurred to me. I thought that I’d have to work hard, go early, and leave late from propel because I could. The idea of doing less would let me focus more on the design and layout of the house as opposed to focusing on countertops, carpets, and wall colours. Once I got home that day, I started thinking about the houses but not the design, I thought of the countertops, carpets, and wall colours.

I thought of accommodating the houses to suits people’s needs like someone who hosts parties and entertains their friends and family. For this house, I thought of a monochromatic/ greyscale colour scheme because they walls shouldn’t distract from the event at hand. I want it to be sophisticated, simple, and serviceable. The living room, for example, will have a black, non- carpet floor- like hardwood- so if needed, the furniture can just slide easily out of the way.

I also thought of a house accommodating new parents with either babies, toddlers, or young children. The colour pallet for this house would be pastels because kids love colour! This house will have carpet in as many rooms as possible because if a toddler is learning how to walk, they’re more than likely to fall over. Carpet is better to land on because it’s softer and it cushions you more than a slab of tile or hardwood.

I’m hoping to finish the basic footprint and room placement by the end of the month and begin customizing, painting, and furnishing in November.

Successes and Setbacks

Last week was very open; we didn’t have many lessons, distractions, or B tasks. The only thing to do last week was our Proof of Concept (POC). Monday to Thursday, 9- 3, working on one project. Having such an open week really worked for me! I would log in, and then zone out of everything and just work. I worked on Sketchup tutorials, to learn how to use and understand the program as well as think of ways I could measure the outside of Nelson Mac.

The first idea that came to mind was from a project my 8th grade class did: walk a bike or wheel around the school yard and count how many times the wheel spun around. When you returned to the starting point, you would record the number then line the wheel up on a line on the sidewalk, then roll it one complete circle, and measure how far the distance was.

The second and last thing I thought of was easier and faster. I searched “Nelson McIntyre” on Maps, and attempted to trace the outline and scale, but I couldn’t see the outline. So, I asked my friend, Kelsea, if she could try because she is more artistic than me. She thought of covering herself and my tablet in a blanket, reducing the light so my tablet’s screen would shine through the loose-leaf, making it easy to trace.

When Kelsea was done tracing, I thanked her and began measuring the sides by scribbling the scale on the edge of a sticky note and sketching ticks where the 20m sticky could fit. When all the sides that could fit the scale were measured, I took another sticky note and scribbled half of the scale on it, making a 10m measurement. I proceeded to do the same process. Halfway through measuring the last line, I thought, “How am I going to measure the five meter distances?”. Instead of scribbling half of the 10m, I took a ruler and measured how long each side was in millimeters.

Eventually, I measured all the sides with my trusty ruler, but I didn’t know how long the sides were in the scale. I then did the only thing that came to mind; make an x/y table chart. The table chart worked! When I plugged the lines into Sketchup, they didn’t match up. An entire hallway was cut short, so, I need to redo all of the measurements. Hopefully, the measurements are correct for when I present!


First Few Weeks

The first week was, in one word, intense. The one repetitive detail of the first day we didn’t have to do was: stand up and say, “I’m (name) and this summer I did (activity/ experience)” twenty times. Instead, we were to write an introductory letter so the teachers get to know us and our writing style. For my letter, I wrote about my name because, with all due respect to my parents, who spells it S-T-A-Y-C-E-E?  On the second day, we moved all of the furniture around, making the space our own. When the furniture is not all packed onto the tables, the rooms looked so much better. The third day of Propel got really interesting; we went to “The Real Escape” for an escape room challenge. The first week of something new with strangers is one thing, but going into a locked room with fewer strangers is a whole other. The escape room was AMAZING! My group was the closest group to finish however, none of us cracked the code to get out.

The second week, work slowly began to roll in, with our blog posts as well as our phys. ed. logs and assignments, I felt a little overwhelmed. I felt overwhelmed until I realized that I have all semester for the phys. ed. assignments and that the blog isn’t that big of a deal, in the grand scheme of things. Having returning students is super helpful and calming because if you’re anything like me, you blow everything out of proportion in your head before the event/ time even happens. The twelves who have already done the Propel program talk you off of ledges like that.