My name is Hélycia Chansavang, and I am in a TPE group with Valentina Flechas, Thomas Pichon. But originally, I was not part of this group, even though I was always in their class: the European section of mathematics in high school Gustave Eiffel, but I was originally studying engineering sciences. I decided to change fields because I did not like it, and as Justine Destailleur had left their group, I took her place. That is why i do not fully know why Thomas and Valentina chose the subject of biomimicry. Personally, it interested me a lot, so I was happy to find myself in this group. Biomimicry concerns the following subjects: Life science and physics. And for this topic, they have chosen to answer the following problematic: Is the structure of the stadium L’Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in Argentina actually more solid than another stadium and if so, how?
When I arrived in this group, they were doing experiments on the first canvases. These creations being criticizable, we stopped. So we went back to the starting point, then I made new canvases with my teammates and to go faster and be more precise, I used a toothpick that helped us a lot for the strength of the webs. While my classmates were finishing their webs, I researched the materials used to make the stadium and began making a comparison chart on different materials they could have used. To do this, I used my old engineering courses and they helped me a lot. Once the ninth web was finished, I started the experiments with Valentina, but to get good quality photos that were in the right plan, I decided to use a trash can as support for the gallows which allowed Thomas of make good measurements afterwards. In addition, we had to take pictures of our creations and our work, so I took and sorted them.
Then, once again, i did some research on the spider and how it makes its webs. So I could compare our paintings to theirs and realize that they are very similar. To save time, with Valentina, we wrote the text as the TPE progressed, while Thomas measured our experiences. However, we encountered two problems during our work. Firstly, our problematic was not wide enough, and did not permit us to give enough content, so we had to expand it. Moreover, some pictures of the webs were not on the right plane, consequently we had to redo these experiences in question.
Finally, I made diagrams that present the structure that was put in place to take our photos in the right plan. In addition, I had the idea to put our personal syntheses on our site, that could be accessed by clicking on the student in question on a group photo. At first, this was ironic, however my teammates found the idea appealing, so we put this idea into practice.
This project allowed me to learn how to work in groups and to share my ideas. I had to learn to be more open and this allowed me to develop my socializing abilities. I also learned to make a website with the help Valentina and bounce off of problems to find the solution instead of bypassing it.
To answer the problematic, I feel as though the conclusion we made is quite relevant and that it responds correctly to the entire problem. On my part, I think that the stadium is not only aesthetic but also stronger because its structure is lighter but also very resistant.
In conclusion, I am very satisfied with the work that we have completed. We were able to exploit everything we wanted, while being serious but also relaxed. I would like to thank the teachers who supervised us throughout the duration of the TPE, Mrs. Rossignol and Mr. Nassiet. In addition, I really want to thank my teammates Valentina Flechas and Thomas Pichon for integrating me very quickly to their group and being very attentive and hard working during these four months.