Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays

LunaTech baked cookies for the holidays! We made chewy chocolate chocolate cookies and gingerbread men. Using lots of colorful frosting, we decorated all the cookies. It was hard not to eat them all because they were so delicious!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Water Rockets!

Water rockets are really cool!  We made our own water rocket using recycled materials that you can find around your house and then launched them in a nearby park.  We had a lot of fun running around trying to catch them as they fell down from the sky.

Some things we observed:
 1. You can launch your water rocket about 4 times before the fins start coming off.
 2. The less water you put in your rocket, the higher it will go.
 3. The more air you pump into the rocket, the higher it will go (but this also makes it a bit more dangerous when launching, so be careful)!

If you would like to make a water rocket, here's a list of supplies you'll need:
 16 oz water bottle
 cardstock & cardboard
 paper towel tube
 fabric scraps or construction paper
 glue gun
 sand paper
 ruler & marker
 ping pong ball

There is a special launcher we use, manufactured by Pitsco.  However, you could craft one yourself using some PVC piping, rubber tubing, and bicycle pump.

Digital Zombies

Preparing for Halloween was a lot of fun.  For this project, we took pictures of ourselves and then zombie-fied them using Photoshop.

Zombie Slideshow

Thursday, November 11, 2010

LunaTech Theme Song

After choosing our logo, we started work on our theme song.  We had a lot of fun working with Kat in the sound studio recording our song, making beats, and mixing it all together.

LunaTech Theme Song

LunaTech Logo

Our logo is finally ready to be unveiled to the world!  Everyone drew and submitted their designs, then we voted on our favorites.  The winning design was submitted by Ellie.

LunaTech Update

It's been a while since we last posted anything.  We've been really busy and kind of forgot to catch you up on all the exciting things we're doing.  Over the last month we have:

1. Designed a logo for LunaTech
2. Recorded a theme song for LunaTech
3. Made water rockets and launched them at a nearby park
4. Got ready for Halloween by turning ourselves into digital zombies
5. Painted pumpkins and made LED ghosts

Stay tuned for new updates!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Our First Podcast

On our first day of LunaTech we all recorded something about ourselves.  Using Audacity we recorded, edited and exported this podcast.  Enjoy!

Our First Podcast

Monday, September 20, 2010

The LunaTech Timeline Project

This year we will be documenting our experiences and projects in LunaTech by blogging, podcasting and making videos.  In an attempt to track our progress and provide feedback on projects, we will create a weekly podcast and post it on our blog.  Each week the LunaTech reporter will describe the project, process, and outcome.  The LunaTech reporter will change weekly, giving each girl a chance.

Throughout the year, we will create videos of our projects and also post them on our blog.  They will feature how-tos and showcase our final products.

What is LunaTech?

LunaTech is a girls-only program designed to introduce girls to technology through project-based learning and bridge the gender gap within the technology field.  

In partnership with Davidson Middle School and the SNAP after school program, 8-12 girls participate in a weekly 3 hr session throughout the school year completing various multi-media projects.  Previous projects have included: LEGO robotics, water rockets, LED light-up pins, Photoshop Collages, and 5 minute TV Segments.