Our timeline goal had us doing research until the 16th of March. As of now, that has been going quite well and we are ahead of schedule. We have located a source for the magnets, places to acquire the materials and the prices for the superconductor, and have also done some delving into the processes required to make the superconductor. In order to make the superconductor, we also needed to talk to several teachers around Northgate.
These materials will need to be heated to around 950°C for eighteen to twenty four hours. The end product will be a superconductor, that when coated in liquid nitrogen, should levitate above the magnetic track. In addition to this, we have created a ~19:50 scale model of our proposed design to aid in visualization. It has prevented us from making a counting error and the visualization has helped us narrow down the materials we will use for the base. If our current progress continues, we will remain ahead of schedule and soon have a built track.
During Tobin’s three day absence, genius hour became the main task of the Helpdesk team. The three days allowed us to put full focus onto our projects. The first day was occupied by 3D printing a 19/50th rounded, scale model of our loop. This model also allowed us to confirm previous counts and measurements. We miscounted the total number of magnets previously, and we now need at least 139, not 137.
Day two was used to continue research. We looked into material acquisition and attempted to figure out how to forge the superconductor. Futurescience has been an incredibly useful resource to our project. From it, we have figured out most of what we need to do, we just need to do the work and obtain the materials.
The third day of Tobin's absence, Jocelyn and I were needed to update the PFC website and fix info on the homepage, so my progress on genius hour that day was majorly stunted. Garrett was also occupied, so Richard continued the research by himself.
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