So now that most of the hubbub with my classes is over, I wanted to take some time to reflect upon the class, my experience and my project.
Coming into class, I was a bit apprehensive of the final product. I had never been a person involved with making physical things with my hands, so I had a feeling this class could be a challenge, so I had already started brainstorming rough ideas about viable projects to pursue since day 1 of class.
Unfortunately, being indecisive, I had so many ideas that all differed slightly (while managing to involve LEDs) but I never made up my mind go commit to any one idea. Looking back, I shouldn’t have let my busy schedule delay me in finalizing my project idea. If I had gotten a handle on what I wanted to do earlier, I could have bought supplies and started experimenting and maybe realized I had a faulty mic ahead of time, or had the prudence to order two in case.
However, given the last minute change of plans, I think I managed to create something that exceeded my initial expectations after I had to change my project plans.
Simple as it was, I found that I did learn some skills when putting my project together. I was reintroduced to soldering, learned how to strip wire like a pro, learned how to use a wire wrapper, became an exacto knife extraordinaire, and an origami lotus folding marathon champ. And in the end, my simple LED project looked nice and functioned as I had planned it to. Of course the build quality of the stand could have been better and more elegant, but that could be v2 of my project attempts.
Overall, I had fun creating my project, and even more fun talking to my classmates about the cool projects they made. Because the majority have an architectural background, it was nice hearing about the techniques they used to build their installments - which was almost totally foreign to me.
All in all, I think I may have a few projects to look into that use my Arduino as I continue to experiment in my down time when not working. :)