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My Own Personal Yellow Brick Road
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bridge construction 13

This was so fiddly to make!! Spaghetti does not submit gracefully to being made into a bridge, anyway here’s pics of the bridge in construction: I’ve worked out that my final bridge was made out of approximately 176 strands of spaghetti, if my bridge is to hold as much as each individual strand can hold it should support […]

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Ooooh! Circuit bending!


Sorry couldn’t resist,  I love the IT Crowd Ok, what am I fixing and what are my procedures? I need to remake some of my circuits from my experimentation posts and give them to one of my lovely colleagues to sabotage. I should start with something relatively simple and work up to the complex stuff […]

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The Wizard has spoken! After reviewing my progress to date with Dean I now have a way forward to prove my competence. I stated in one of my first posts what I deem to be competence:  ’To be competent in a subject you need to understand it but also to be able to apply your understanding, […]


  During a design and tech class at the school I worked at last year I was introduced to ‘The Story of Stuff’. Anne Leonard was curious as to what happens when we design, make, transport, buy, use and finally throw away stuff. It was a brilliant medium to get the class of Year 8s talking about […]

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triangulation 5

If a structure is going to be strong it needs support struts, the square bellow did not take much effort to break: Now if you add an extra strut… …it becomes much stronger, this is called triangulation. The bridge structure I’ve chosen are a selection of methods of using triangulation. Now for the bridge structures, I’m […]

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1 one strand

First things first, how much weight can a single strand of spaghetti take? To make sure that all my tests are fair I’ll be adding the weight in small increments and waiting 10 seconds between each to make sure that it is actually taking the weight. I’ll also be performing each test 5 times to […]

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As part of my structures investigations I’ve decided to have a go at the spaghetti bridge challenge. Sound odd doesn’t it It involves making a bridge structure out of nothing but spaghetti and hot melt glue following a list of task parameters. The official spaghetti bridge world championships has a very stringent set of rules […]

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This has to be the best wireless charger I’ve ever seen! You place the item to be charged in the ‘bird bath’ and watch the ripples of charge flow out. The level of the ‘water’ indicates the level of charge and when your device it fully charged the birds glow! Designed by Sun Kyung Kim this charger […]

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When you think of a computer keyboard it’s not really that exciting is it? It just needs to be a functioning method of transferring your key strokes, nothing special… Think again! I came across these while I was trawling the Internet in an effort to avoid working, procrastination is occasionally so worth it Optimus Tactus […]