If you're not from the NYU community, you might be wondering what January term is. J-Term is a mini-semester just over 2 weeks long, in which we take only one intensive course. Many students have the opportunity to spend their J-Term at one of NYU's global sites around the world. This year, due to my engineering major requirements, I'm still in Abu Dhabi, taking an class called Design and Innovation.
|Image credits to the Engineering Design faculty|
The last week of class, we will be designing a product from start to finish in small groups. This week and next week, we're being trained in how to use various software, tools, and technology, with "mini-challenge" projects along the way. We have an awesome team of professors from all over the world helping us, and I can't believe how many resources are free for us to use.
On day one, the professors gave us Ohm's Law temporary tattoo stickers... (Voltage = current * resistance) As if high school teachers hadn't already drilled the formula into my brain, but why not?
|Who knew I'd get a tattoo in college? (It washed off in the shower, don't worry haha)|
|Awkward selfies with my Design and Innovation team :)|
|Spiderweb of wires-- at some point we'll learn to be organized|
|Meet Gina and Chuck, two of our 3D printers :)|
|Demos with the laser cutter|
After a lot of hard work and prototyping, our team of four made the Ladybug Light!
And.... *drumroll* ....
The final product!
It has a light sensor inside that causes it to blink quickly when a car headlight approaches. It also has 5 different blinking modes controlled by a toggle switch. The casing was designed in Autodesk Fusion 360 and 3D printed, and the base was designed and cut from acrylic using the laser cutter. I sewed the ladybug's head and did most of the aesthetic work on the outside. The back has an on/off switch, mode switch, and battery compartment, along with the velcro straps.
Considering we only had two days and I just barely learned most of the technology necessary to make this work, I was pretty happy with the outcome. I'm thankful for my teammates-- even though we drive each other crazy and disagree on a lot of things, our different ideas and talents make us a well-rounded group of designers/engineers. I'm also thankful for the professors who spent their weekend hours around the clock helping us, answering our questions, and trusting beginners with quite expensive technology/resources.
I can't wait for the rest of these two weeks in Design and Innovation- but I'm going to sleep extra soundly tonight now that this project is done. There's a lot more of this to come.
Goodnight from Saadiyat Island,