Tyler Duckworth

A Week In Review: Dec. 10-14

This past week I was thinking about the future and what I can do to make the best of it.

Midterms are coming up next week, and Winter Break follows immediately after. There are many things I need to consider before it starts. But first, here’s a quick recap of what I did this week:


Robotics

I spent the week teaching members of Programming about OOP (Object Oriented Programming). I focused my efforts on the concepts of Inheritance, Abstraction, and Encapsulation. I illustrated my point by referencing our OutReach Bot (ORB), breaking the robot down into subsystems and the like. For more info on how we program in Robotics, I’ll try to post a blog post before the build season starts.


Digital Arts

This week, I worked on animation in Solidworks Visualize, and found it to be very time consuming. I now have an immense appreciation for all the animation done in film and television that I see every day. I created this 5 second video of our 2018 robot QBit spinning. I have plans for more advanced videos, but time will tell.


School

This past week, I acquired a copy of the Technology Agreement that the STEM Academy students sign every year to find the boundaries me and the Programming team for the STEMpunks will skirt in the build season. I have transcripted it, and plan to critique this and propose revisions on here at a later date.


Programming

Flutter (by Google Developers on YouTube)

I’ve started to work with the Flutter library. For those who don’t know, Flutter is a cross-platform app development framework created by Google, meaning that I can code in one language and it compiles into iOS, Android, and Web apps. It is the main method by which one can utilize Google’s Material Design application components. I discovered this through Logan O’Neal, my friend and the programming lead in Robotics.

Flutter is suprisingly agile, and worked with my phone on the first try.


Things I Need To Consider

  1. Study for Finals - It goes without saying that I need to do this.

  2. Prepare for the Robotics Build Season - The kickoff for FIRST Destination: Deep Space. I would like to start prewriting code and modeling a CAD frame before it starts, as to increase our productivity and ideation process.

  3. Prepare Materials for Internship Interview - In the next few weeks, I will be updating this website with various items tha will serve as my digital portfolio. I have a couple cool ideas.

  4. Kick Back, Relax, and Play Assassin’s Creed - I wish to chill for this break, while still keeping myself occupied.


Hello! I was born in Knoxville, TN and currently attend the L&N STEM Academy. I have interests in things varying from digital design to programming. I work with the L&N STEMpunks Robotics team to model and program robots.