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By May 18, 2022.  No Comments on Hi  Random stuf   

To renaissance or not to renaissance

NOT!

So basically we studied the renaissance but I wasn’t there for most of it as I went on holiday to England to visit my Dad. Whoop Whoop. In case you didn’t know my mum and I live in Canada and my dad lives in England. So I thought I’d write a blog combining the renaissance and my trip! So you can see all my great holiday snaps!

This is a picture I took of Shakespeare which was graffitied on a wall near the New Globe theatre on the South Bank in London. Shakespeare was swag during the renaissance and wrote a ton of plays which Queen Elizabeth the 1st liked. He also invented the word ‘Swag’.

Did you know he built the Old Globe Theatre which was actually not in the same place as the New Globe – the New Globe is a replica of the one Shakespeare built in Shoreditch (which is like 10 minutes away in the car).

This is Tower Bridge, it was built after the battle of Hastings in 1066 – it was built before the renaissance. There are a few buildings in London that were built in the renaissance that are still standing one in Greenwich, one in Westminster and St Paul’s church in Covent Garden.

This is Stonehenge it was built waaaaaayyyyyy before the renaissance.

This is me and my best friend Raph in the arcade – arcades didn’t exist in the renaissance – they had fun by going to plays, betting on bear and dog fights and reading things printed with the newly invented printing press and painting ceilings in chapels. I think arcades are way less cruel and safer.

This is my Grandma – she assures me she was not around during the renaissance – I have my doubts!

This is me riding the pirate ship at Chessington World of Adventure – pirate ships did exist in the renaissance – the Spanish Armada came in ships like this to attack the coast of the UK but failed.

This is me at the theatre watching Les Miserables – its set in the French Revolution which happened not long after the renaissance in the 1700s in France. It was sad and poggers. Most people cried but I bled ( giant nose bleed 5 minutes before the end!)

This is me having tea with the Queen – She is Elizabeth II, her name sake Elizabeth I was queen during the renaissance. This is me with Raph’s Grandad – he wants to cut my hair – he was definitely alive during the renaissance!! (Joke I love Raph’s grandad). If you ever figure out how to get onto the internet then HI!!

This is me and my friend Raph – we are stupid – a bit like the fools who entertained the royal court in the renaissance but way cooler.

Anyway thats the highlights of my holiday….

So I did do a bit of work too –

I learned that the renaissance was full of change but also cruelty. Religious figures were very powerful but often corrupt. I learnt there were some cool inventions like parachutes and the printing press and that’s when Shakespeare did his thing in London and Stratford upon Avon. I also learnt about medical progress and wrote this paragraph and made the tryptic.

Renaissance Medicine

In this paragraph I will discus how research into medicine during the renaissance shaped modern medicine as we know it. During the renaissance, several people made a significant impact with their work on medical studies and anatomy research but few brought about change in their own lifetimes. Between 1400-1600AD medical research was untaken in a way that had not been seen before. Through the recording of dissections of cadavers, people like Leonardo DaVinci, Vesalius, William Harvey and Ambrose Pare made many discoveries that would have significant impacts beyond their lifetimes.  

Without the research undertaken by these, scholars and physicians much of modern medicine would not have been possible, they paved the way to a greater understanding of human anatomy and offered insightful ideas that were later developed by other doctors to build the phenomenal medical knowledge we see today.

In the early renaissance several scholars including Linacre, Erasmus, Leonicello and Sylvia’s began scholarly discussions about human anatomy which opened the door to the creation of the London college of Physicians in 1518. However, it wasn’t until the mid renaissance that significant long term works were produced. In 1543 Vesalius used the newly invented printing press to publish a work called a “Human Factory,” which detailed human anatomy on a new level and described surgical procedures undertaken on dead bodies. Ambrose Pare, a French field surgeon, used first hand experiences during the war to introduce the concept of forensic pathology and William Harvey at the later end of the period discovered general circulation and made significant contributions to the understanding of cardiovascular anatomy. Leonardo DaVinci also documented over 200 pages of anatomy.  

As a result of this research many medical advances were possible, surgical techniques were developed, doctors had a greater understanding of elements within the body, the door to further medical research had been opened. Paracelsus discovered chemical and mineral balance within the blood and in the late 1600s bacteria was looked at under a microscope for the first time, leading to vaccination. The revolutionary thinking and discoveries of the renaissance began the snowball of discoveries that are the basis for modern medicine. 

 

Loon Lagoon just kidding its a Lake.

In February me and my besties (class) went on a learning advance to a place called Loon Lake near Maple Ridge in BC. We travelled by bus and spent 4 days learning both in and outside. The trip had its ups and downs but I leant a lot along the way. 

Here is an ebook I made about the trip. One of the hardest things to do in this book was to add pictures because I was having fun on the trip and forgot to take many! So I got some from my friends. 

Learning Advance 2022

The 4 day trip was tough for me as I find being away from home difficult but after a wobble on the first night I changed to a quiet room with my friend and managed to stay for the full 4 days which I’m proud of. 

On the trip we did nature walks, worked in a large classroom doing DI with everyone together – this was challenging. We also learnt new skills like archery when we played battle archery – working as a team was important for this activity but also the whole trip. I got to know some more people from Seycove and enjoyed the evening entertainment. Most of the food was also pretty good. 

What was different from school I hear you ask? Well, not much accept we got to have LOTS OF FUUUUNNNNN!!! And we had to stay up until 10pm, pass out, then wake up for 7am. 

I’m guessing you’re wandering What did I learn? NOFINK! Just kidding – I learnt about my class mates, the wondrous outdoors and the renaissance but most importantly I learned about myself. I miss my family while I’m away but I can still have fun.

What did you achieve random kid on the internet, I hear you say? My team won battle archery against the grade nines! I told my team some good strategies for keeping in cover and we shot with good accuracy. 

What would I do differently next time, was that your question? Next time I would have been clearer with the teachers how important being in a quiet room with Judah was to me with all my difficulties being away from home and I would take more pictures so writing my blog will not be so hard!!!!

 

It’s time to dd ddddddd dddd ddd DI


So DI is basically a thing where a ton of different schools meet up and fight to the death! 

They don’t actually do that but it would be funny if they did. Instead they compete in a series of challenges that are specific to their category. The categories this year are Up Close Scientific, Festival Frenzy Improv, Daring Escape Technical, Daring Escape Fine Arts.

I am the up Close Scientific group. Our team is tasked with creating a story about a mysterious object that we have stumbled upon in a micro world a micro world being a really small place like something along the lines of the movie honey I shrunk the kids watch the trailer here.

I order to learn more about microscopy, I had to do some research Microscopy imaging techniques

Even though we have not yet finished DI I have some thoughts about it I think the concept of DI is very cool I like how you can do pretty much whatever you want as long as it’s inside the rules of the challenge. I really like how full my challenge you have to make people shrinkand then they have to find this random object that can be anything ANYTHING!

One thing I wish I could do is just express my ideas better because I feel like I’m too nervous to say my ideas half the time.

 

Thank you for reading my blog it was very short but there isn’t much I can talk about without telling you what we are doing so ……………..Bye

Mpol (it’s so freakin scary Oh my god I do not know what I’m doing heeeeeeelllp)

Ok so there’s this thing called the Mpol at my school and dude I am soooooo nervous. But hopefully I do well. You might be thinking

”why are you tellingme this random child I found on the internet”

and that reason I don’t really know but i’m required to do this by my school soooooo here it is.

At the start of my year at high school I was pretty chill as I’d been to high school back in England ( in England you start school in grade 7) but when i got there it was very different as I am in PLP which is very different to normal school.

There was an upset in the system so I did not get any of the apps required to have at the beginning so this was a problem for the first lesson but only the first lesson.

Now I had these very important apps.

Basecamp. 

This is the home base of all info , what we are learning, why we are learning things, different projects we are doing, and a lot more.

Showbie.

Showbie is where you hand in all of your work and assignments are posted.

 

So now we know about the start off the year let’s move a bit further.

The first exhibition was a presentation evening where the parents visited school, walked around listening to iPad presentations from their own child and others and then offered feedback on what they did well and what they could improve on. This went quite well even though everyone was expecting to flop. I made a post about it so go check it out at My maker experience also I have a video of the presentation I showed so here it is (warning it’s cringe) it was my first one!

Now onto our first humanities. We did a whole project on advertising which was surprisingly fun.        What we had to do was make an add in our groups for our assigned business. My group got Honey doughnuts. If you don’t know what Honeys is it’s a doughnut shop in Deep Cove in North Vancouver. Here’s a link to there website. https://honeydoughnuts.com/  

Now I feel like I didn’t do great in this project because I didn’t really feel able to express my ideas as it felt like one person in my group was taking over and squashing any ideas that they didn’t have or like but I think our poster turned out pretty good. Here it is …

From this project I took away the need to express myself more and ensure that the whole group works together to complete things – its still a work in progress for some people I’m trying more to have my ideas heard. I had a similar issue with my Scimatics board game where I listened to partner and what they wanted as they were my friend even though it wasn’t what I wanted and so our game ended up being very restricted as they wanted to basically do a version of snakes and ladders and not invent our own game. I would make my own choice next time.

Ok so I’m not going to go on about all the projects we have done this last 6 months I’m now going to share some more specific elements that were highs and lows of my learning.

SCIMATICS 

So what I am most proud of is my Laser light show. (you can read more about this here https://www.blog44.ca/cadeno/2022/01/30/lllllaaaaaaaassssseeeeerrrrrssss/..) I’m most proud of the fact that I fixed my groups project when it wasn’t working properly. Our group worked well on the whole but there were a few issues with the calculations that were made and the laser did not line up properly to make a triangle. I redid the calculations while my group looked at other projects and fixed it. I was proud that I kept preserving to get a good result and make it work. Here is a picture of the fixed laser show.

The element I’m least proud of in Scimatics, as I mentioned before, is my board game. I didn’t express my ideas or thoughts so I ended up making a game that I wasn’t engaged or interested in, that was boring and had no way of being creative. We should not have based our game on an exiting game and invented a new one. I had a lot of ideas for a game that could not be used and wish we had done it differently.

Humanities 

I really enjoyed studying the book “the Outsiders”. I think kit was an intriguing story with great characters and many plots twists and turned. The element of this project that I am most proud of was the tableau performances that my group produced for the winter exhibition. I think my group worked really well and we planned and delivered clearly our scene on the evening and I did well playing Marcia.

The element I think I could improve most for this project and (others) is my blog post – I need to not just say what we did but also explain better what I learnt.

Also for humanities I enjoyed our poetry project and think I produced an engaging ebook with some clever poems. Also I think I did very well well on the test. Here is my ebook

 

Poggers Poems

Maker 

The thing I’m most proud of is a picture I produced during the constructive creative communication project. It captured the mood I was given and showed good editing skills as well as colour, texture and use of light. I got a rainbow for it. Here it is.

This was how it turned out.
I am very proud of this picture because I like the dark edges that are blurred in contrast with the bright colours and the comedy of the emoji. Also my teacher said I did an exemplary blog post on this project.

https://www.blog44.ca/cadeno/2021/12/02/make-not-take/

I think what I could have improved the most was the first keynote presentation I did. I didnt really put much effort into making it fancy or imaginative although I think I presented reasonably well.

Going forward I think I need to get better at making my ideas heard, focusing my time more, doing my homework on time.

 

LLLLLAAAAAAAASSSSSEEEEERRRRRSSSS

So this project I got to use frikin lasers.

And I know what you might be thinking random person on the interweb

“wElL tHaT dOeSn’T sEeM sAfE fOr A kId To Be DoInG. yOu CoUlD bLiNd SoMeOnE.”Most of us probably know that so it will not stop us.

Anyways lets jump on right in to the rest of the blog post.

First of all we needed to make a project start mind map to plan out what questions we had and our thoughts on what they (lasers) are. We wrote examples of what we knew and how they are used. This is how mine looked.

Then we edited it at the end of the project which is now when I’m writing this post but I’ll show that to you later.

Next we did a TOOOOOON of workbooks and textbooks but I’m not gonna bore you with all that, so I’ll put some of them here but you don’t have to read them.

     

 

From this we learned about different uses for lasers but more importantly we learned about the law of reflection. If you want a super in depth understanding of it then look it up but here is a brief explanation. With pictures of course.

So the law of reflection basically is all light travels in straight lines. The light that travels towards a surface is the incident ray. When the incident ray hits the surface the normal ray is at 90 degrees. What ever angle the incident ray hits the surface in relation to the normal it’s reflective ray bounces off at exactly the same angle in relation to the normal. That is called the reflected ray. See diagram below.

Next we did the law of reflection lab where we tested our understanding of the law and proved it with an experiment. During the experiment we had a laser, paper, pencil and mirror. We placed the mirror on the paper and drew the normal line. Then we shone the laser onto the mirror and recorded the incident ray and the reflected ray. We then measured their angles in relation to the normal line to see if they matched – guess what? They did!

Then we did a TOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNN of math workbooks which taught us Pythagorean theorem. Which basically is that the sum of the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other 2 sides. A squared + B squared = C squared see diagram below. This also meant we knew about how to calculate missing lengths and  angles in triangles.

Next we used a laser simulator, to make a right angled triangle that was a Pythagorean triple and proved the law of reflection and Pythagorean theorem.

We were then able to use all this understanding to create group laser displays. We designed and made a board using mirrors that when they were set at the correct angles the laser light bounced off to create a triangle. We chose a space theme for our background here is our making process.

 

Finally to review the curricular competencies.

Curricular Competencies Proficient
1 Questioning and predicting:

Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest

All class time is used efficiently for learning and project work without distractions.
2 Communicating and Representing: Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms A scientific experimental procedure is developed and implemented with all required steps of the scientific method. A conclusion about the law of reflection and the pythagorean theorem is formulated and supported by precise measurements.
3 Applying and innovating: Co-operatively design projects The laser triangle is accurately planned, built, measured and labeled.  All group members contribute equally.

Competency 1 – I think I worked well in class and with my group and completed all tasks.

Competency 2 – I think both my simulator and law of reflection labs, as well as our final project show that I am able to understand all the steps in an experiment and follow them in a scientific way. I can draw conclusions and make precise calculations and measurements and when at first my groups laser did not work I was able to recalibrate the angles and adjust the mirrors accordingly.

Competency 3 – I think i contributed to my group well and even though there were some errors at first we were able to correct them and produce a great laser display.

Ok so lastly back to that mind map I showed you at the start with some added info! Enjoy

Ma ebook

So I wrote and an ebook that is and my poem from this project that express element of my worldview

 

Poggers Poems

By January 27, 2022.  No Comments on Ma ebook  Humanities   

Let’s switch it up

So the other platforms we’ve talked about cant really be used on the go like in the car or on a train but this one is different. It is a handheld small device that looks like this.

And you may be thinking, “bUt I dOnT wAnT iT tO bE sMaLl”

Well random hopefully human I do not know the switch can be placed into a docking station that can be plugged into to your TV (with an HDMI cable) and have it appear on there. Here is a video of me showing you how to do it.

Now that you know it is able to be big-screen I’m going to tell you about some of the games I recommend.

Here I will list 5 different games I suggest to any Nintendo player

Pokemon is a game with a whole new array of animals and creature however you can befriend these creature by throwing balls at them and capturing them. But you can also use these creatures to battle other trainers creatures to level up your pokemon and make them stronger. If you have a Netflix subscription or a prime account or any type of streaming services and are wondering about what it looks like make sure to take a look before buying the game as it is quite expensive and might of be what your looking for
Super smash bros has a collection of characters from many different Nintendo games. Then you select the character you want to play as and then either play online with other people across the planet, play with your friends or family, or play against robots with different difficulty levels
Animal crossing is a game where you go around completing tasks on an island and upgrading your possessions, designing your house and make friends with different characters.
In this game you play the character of Mario but you can take his hat off and throw it at objects and creatures then you become that thing. Each creature has different abilities and you play through different levels.
Ring fit is a game that has 3 different primary modes. One – the story mode where you uses the exercise ring that comes with the game to battle monsters and dodge and jump obstacles. The second mode is the mini games mode where you play exciting different mini games each with there own mechanics – this is challenging fun to play with friends and family or even your enemies to show how fit you are haha. Finally there is a workout mode which is based on whole body exercise routines. This game is an excellent way to stay fit.

 

By January 24, 2022.  No Comments on Let’s switch it up  Maker   

VR a Whole New World

So you’ve decided you don’t want a console, why not huh? Got something against consoles? No, I get it, you want something more- you want to be IN the video game – well I have the perfect platform for you.

VR!

So if you don’t know what VR is, it stands for virtual reality: meaning a 3 dimensional world that you can access by putting on a headset. Using this headset, hand controllers and a designated game zone that you can draw the edges of yourself (called the guardian on Oculus which stops you bashing into anything) you can interact physically with other people across globe in games and experiences.

In this blog post I will be showing you the process of me designing and drawing a representation of a VR world.

 

The Outline

 

First up I had to get the basic outline of a headset which looks roughly like this.

I used a brush tool and a circle outline tool to create the eye holes. I then used the stretch tool and circle to to create the outer lines which I then shaded. I then used the sizing tool to improve the size of the eye wholes. Below is my progress.

 

PICTURE DETAIL

Next, I drew freehand, using a variety colours, to create an unusual looking mountain.

Following this, I decided to add more detail of a bolder flying towards you, fortunately its a VR world as in the real world this would kill you! I also added an alien. This alien is inspired by one of the characters in a show Rick and Morty. In addition there is a darkened sun because this world is full of pollution which is produced by by the aliens in order for them to breath  the air.

COLOUR BACKGROUND

Finally, I used the colour fill tool to add background colour.

I hope you like my drawing.

Now you know the wonders of VR make your choice!

From going to Warfare in an Alien world to playing a game of poker with your friends, VR has it all.

See ya chumps!

Oh by the way my Friend Amy has a great blog click here to check it out….

https://www.blog44.ca/amys/

Just for a little extra credit from my teachers ( I know you’re there, I see you, just kidding, I don’t see you) I wrote a Haiku about VR

I love what they call Virtual reality It makes me very happy

By January 20, 2022.  1 Comment on VR a Whole New World  Maker   

Xbox vs PlayStation : a War to go Down in History

So you might be thinking…

”Well this amazing and handsome and intelligent young man on the internet has told me about different gaming platforms but I want to get a console, hmm which one do you recommend?”

Well Internet person, that’s a personal choice, so I could say ‘I don’t know’, but that wouldn’t be very helpful now would it! There are two consoles that you could look at. These are..

 

Xbox

So, Xbox is what I prefer as I like the controller layout more. An Xbox controller looks like this   

At first you might think its weird how the sticks aren’t parallel to each other like this, 

however, it feels better than it looks as it fits comfortably in your hand. But if you don’t think that would be good for you then..

 

PlayStation

PlayStation has a very different controller layout, although it might not look like that at first. Also holding a PlayStation controller is very different and in my opinion less comfortable.

This is a PlayStation controller and believe it or not the thing above the dots is pressable!

You might notice that the buttons are different than the Xbox and there are more. There are symbols now rather than letters! So if you chose one of these 2 controllers over the other be aware the buttons are different – don’t refer to the B button to a PlayStation player, they will look at you oddly!.

 

Pros and Cons

Xbox

Pros

  • Longer battery life
  • simpler layout
  • exclusive Xbox games

Cons

  • Uses batteries(can be fixed with rechargeable batteries)
  • headphone jack on controller can break if you pull out headphones often

PlayStation

Pros

  • easier to access games for beginners
  • PlayStation exclusive games
  • rechargeable batteries

Cons

  • shorter battery life
  • slightly more complex in terms of speaking with friends as no Live Gold chat avaiable

Ok so that’s about it.

Do you have a preference?

Tell me in the comments and make sure to follow to get notified when I make another post. (At least I think that’s how that works)

Ok byyyyyyeeeeee.