And.....the soldering continued today. Shelby and I continued making our line-tracking mouse today,
along with the rest of our class. When we finished the wiring, only one of our motors worked. Apparently, while soldering wires onto the circuit board, our solder accidentally spread across where it was supposed to, and ended up allowing a connection between a resistor and an LED. This caused a short circuit, and so we had to try to remove the solder in between, and then solder the wires back on. This was a lot harder than it sounded, and somehow, just when we thought we fixed everything and wired everything up, BOTH the motors stopped working. Our TA Arman checked to see what was going on, and we found out that some of the resistors weren't working at all.
|Soldering wires onto the circuit board|
However, it was time for lunch and so we had to leave, and accept defeat sadly. When we came back, we had to modify whichever toy we wished in the same pairs. Shelby and I decided to modify a small remote control car by removing buttons from the remote control, and put in a joystick instead. There were four sensors on the remote's circuit board to control the car, and so we had to connect the sensors to the four joystick controls with wires. This was soo hard to solder on because one small movement could lead to a short circuit, or
burning up the entire board. Sadly, our car was going crazy, and we will try to fix it tomorrow in class.
|Before the wires are connected to the joystick|
After those sad occurrences, I had my final arete class. We did Bollywood today, and learned a dance on Jai Ho. Although I was very happy to learn that people appreciate my culture, I found the dance a little stereotypical. However, this is most likely only because I constantly try to show and teach others something besides the stereotypical Bollywood when I'm back at home.
|Proctor group going to the dance|
After dinner was the dance! We all danced and sang until our legs gave away, and had sore throats. Not only that, your honorary ILC cohort started a trend and a huge dance circle of people holding hands, and dancing like crazy. I don't know how it happened, but it did, and it went from a group of about 6 to 25+. After we all came back tired, and had a quick meeting about Saturday, we all crashed to sleep.
|Here's a dark selfie of me and Sarah at the dance|