Week of August 13-17: Blog Post

Week of August 13-17: Blog Post

Steffany Williams
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This week Zoe, Kayli, and I have been working hard to build our first working prototype. After many sketches and a change of ideas, we have a wheel which we attached a handle to that can be spun in a complete or half circle and the "clubs"  will hit the golf balls in three different directions. We cut the cardboard by hand, used a table saw to cut the wooden skewers, attached the clubs with string and tape, glued the other sticks to the cardboard, and also drilled holes into the popsicle sticks so we could glue them onto the wheel. The five pictures above reveal the structure of the prototype and also show some small details which allow the prototype to function the way it does. The three videos that are posted show the prototype in action, as you can see there are many ways to operate the wheel to get the ball to go a certain distance and direction. This upcoming week, my group and I hope to construct a more clean model that hits the golf ball more precisely and use this first prototype to help us angle the clubs to where the ball will go where we desire when the wheel is spun.