Monday, April 28, 2014

I have just started a script for the ted talk we are going to present on the 15th. I will be talking about the history of airships and their future use in trade. I'm not really sure what I'm going to say but it's going to be well rehearsed because it's 80% of my grade! Also I created a video with "wideo" to use as a visual aid.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Due to recent events, (namely an inability to acquire enough resources for my previous project) I have decided to switch topics. I have branched off and am now researching Air ships through the ages. I hope tis project will have more substance and that my posts will improve.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

          Recently as you have most likely read, I have been collecting the materials necessary for building both my prototype and the final product. As it is, I have plenty of the small plastic vegetable bags, which I will use for the skin of the blimp.

Right now I am gathering wood for the frame and researching different fuels. In my research I found out that many fire lanterns use a combination  of wax and cloth. Apparently, the cloth is layered one on top of another, with wax filling in the gaps. Then the cloth catches fire and uses the wax as both a secondary fuel source and a barrier to contain the flames.

Friday, January 31, 2014


Currently I am striving to acquire the necessary material for building a prototype. My plans have changed to use shopping bags  as the skin of the blimp. I also plan on using thin wood strips instead of wire.
The written section of my poster is posted below:
An Explanation

This display represents the plans I have for my 20% time project. For my project I am building a modified version of a “Chinese Lantern” or “Sky Lantern”. The modifications lie in the overall shape of the lantern. Instead of the classic cylinder or box shapes, I plan to create a lantern shaped as a blimp.  
For lift, I plan to use a combination of wax, layered between strips of cloth. These strips will be suspended over openings in the bottom of the blimp.The skin of the blimp will be made of a light cloth sprayed with fire retardant. The internal structure will be made up of long thin pieces of wood screwed together and wrapped in light wire to support the cloth.

Recently my class had a gallery walk to display our groups projects. My poster is pictured below.  This is a very important assignment for my project. It is only one of three grades for the entire project. They haven't posted grades yet, but I think I did well.