# Star Wars + Lasers

This project was probably the most fun project that we’ve done so far to me. As you can tell, this project is about Star Wars and lasers. Well not completely… we learned about triangles, and the Pythagorean theorem, and hypotenuse. That was the “learning part,” and it was pretty easy as long as I payed attention to what we were leaning. In total this project took about a month and a half. What we had to show for our learning in this project was a model of a machine from Star Wars. That’s how it’s related to Star Wars, but the lasers come in when we had to make a right triangle using a laser and mirrors. This proved to be more difficult than it sounded because we had to put the laser and two mirrors in the exact right spot at the exact right angle. We built a TIE fighter which was probably not a good idea…

That’s a photo of a TIE fighter, and as you can see the middle part has to be supported by the thin wings on the side. That proved to be a very tough obstacle but we managed to work through that and we made it work and now here’s the final product:

I think that it came out really good. The reason we did this project and built the ships was for our winter exhibition. The winter exhibition is a show of our work for the last 2-3 months and the theme is Star Wars. We have other projects with Star Wars themes that we will also be presenting. We’re presenting for anyone that wants to come! I think that this is probably the most fun project we’ve done so far this year because of the fact that we got to build a TIE fighter and model it from Star Wars!

# Impulsivity in Oregon

Well first things first, what is impulsivity? Impulsivity is when you do something before you think about what you’re doing. For example, if you get mad at a video game and punch your computer and break it, that’s an impulse. Then later, you often regret doing it. In Oregon I controlled my impulsivity almost all the time. I did this by always thinking before saying and or doing anything. If I made enemies on this trip it would not be fun… that’s why I made sure I thought about what I was about to do. I figured that as long as I think about what I’m saying everything would be fine. This worked out just as I thought it would, and Oregon was really fun because of it. A few times I got a little angry though but not to the point of me doing anything bad, it was only in my head, which is exactly what controlling impulsiveness is. On the Oregon trip almost nobody couldn’t control their impulses, which made for a really good time. Over the whole time we made a book that had everything we did in it

# Influence of media

What we see and hear effects us greatly. Media is super influential nowadays, but it’s getting hard to know what we should let influence us. Things we see or read effects us in many different ways and people have different ways to attempt to deliver the effects. For example, pathos, ethos and logos. Pathos ethos and logos are different strategies of advertising meant to deliver a message through different strategies.
Using these strategies can change our mind on something really fast. Recently though there has been more and more fake news over the years so being easily convinced by anything you read is not good.
More often these days you have to make sure you are reading a reliable source because you could be reading something that is fake. Some people believe it and then they tell their friends that it’s real and then it spreads that it’s real and not fake, so you have to be really careful. People now are more gullible in a way and will fall for fake news very easily. Now that media such a big part of our lives if we read, and believe fake news it will influence us in ways that aren’t good because it’s not real. Off of that subject though, for our project we got the chance to make advertisements, which was super cool. We even got to interview two companies and show them the ads we made for them using the information they gave us, which felt super professional. The first company was a local company called The Raven. They are a restaurant/bar that make delicious food, which is why it was so cool that we got to interview them because they are well known and I enjoy eat there often. Here is an ad that we made for them:

The second company we interviewed and made an advertisement for was the Hatfield Marine Visitor Centre. We visited it when we went to Oregon. Here is an advertisement I made for them:

Overall I had a lot of fun in this project because we really got immersed in the project. I think the fact that we got to actually advertise for a company that we got to interview was super cool and I felt really lucky to be able to do that.