Here I will be laying out a couple of things to keep in mind when formulating your blog posts. This is an adaptation of the following powerpoint presentation found here.
Ask Yourself Before Posting
Does your post capture the progress and development of your project?
Are the posts part of a cohesive project rather than just thrown together to have something posted?
Is the work original to your project?
Is the work too dependent upon the work of others?
Are the photos/drawings/calculations/collected data yours?
Does your post feature some technical aspect of your project?
Non-technical posts are not acceptable!
For Your Design Review
Your Critical Design Review should contain the following:
System Designs (Block Diagrams)
Experiments (Trade-Off Studies, Simulations)
Project Status (Resource Reports (Mass, Power, Budget))
Figure 1: From Tesla Blog Post: “DC Power Supply,” Dec. 12, 2014
This post describes:
Steps on how the need is determined
Simulated in Multisim
Figure 2: “Pathfinder Final Software Implementation,” Dec. 11, 2014
This FSM demonstrated the system in an easy to understand visual that will also act as a guide in the implementation.
Final Group Post
Your final post is the project documentation, which includes a summary and links to previous posts on the individual subject. The following can be used as a template for the final post:
Title Page/Executive Summary
Project Work Breakdown Structure (Who is doing what?)
Preferred Design with Illustrations
System Block Diagram(s), with Summary of Major Project Features (Specifications)
Trade-off Studies, Models, and Rapid Prototyping
Design solutions for System, Subsystem, and Components
Computer Simulations including SolidWorks, Simulink, Multisim, Matlab, LabVIEW, LTspic, etc.
Experimental results and observations
Breadboards, Fritzing, Schematics, PCB Layout
Software – Specifications, Pseudo-Code, or flowchart, C++
Hardware – 3D Models and prototype prints
Resource Reports (Project Models and Prototype Prints)
Verification Test Plans
System and Subsystem, Hardware and Software
Resource Reports (Mass, Power)
Schedule Status – Fabrication
Project Percent completion and/or Burn Down Diagram
When you find yourself in the phase of creating your posts, I hope you keep the aforementioned questions in mind. In addition, the given examples should give you a clear idea of what the contents of your posts should be. Remember, you can always reference the work you did this semester in your resume. Therefore, future employers could see the work you put into your projects. I think it’d be best if you leave a positive idea in their head of the type of work you are capable of doing.