Super Reactive

During this unit we have been incredibly devoted to learning more about the confusing world of chemistry. In our inquiry’s into chemistry my partners and I learned more than we could’ve ever expected.


To display our learning of chem we where assigned to create a oral keynote presentation  that revolves around one of the six reactions we studied. My group, Melika, Morgan, and I, chose to study the single replacement reaction. A single replacement is a reaction where a compound exchanges it’s element with a single element. After further research into the world of single replacement reactions we chose to base it off the question, “How can single replacement reactions be used to preserve materials?”.

                                           CURRICULAR COMPETENCIES 

During this project I Demonstrated a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest by displaying my intense interest and pursuit of further knowledge of single replacement reactions, and rust prevention. I found myself wondering about rust prevention for my bike and how single replacement reactions could help prevent my bike from rusting. This showes that I was not only interested about chemistry, and single replacement reactions, but also my driving question and the project itself. This driven curiosity pushed me to create the product that I did.

Secondly I Collaboratively and individually planned, selected, and use appropriate investigation methods, including field work and lab experiments, to collect reliable data (qualitative and quantitative). As a group during this project we conducted proper experiments to help come up with a conclusion and gives us further knowledge into the subject. Our group experiment helped us conclude that because of the reactivity of the zinc coating, the iron didn’t corrode.

Thirdly during this project I Transferred and applied learning to new situations. This is incredibly present during this project because funnily enough I did know quite a bit about galvanization and how it was reaction, before the beginning of the project. This helped me begin my project and transfer past knowledge to my project and group.

Lastly, I communicated scientific ideas, claims, information, and perhaps a suggested course of action, for a specific purpose and audience, constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions, and representations during my oral presentation. I did so by properly stating my ideas with formal scientific vocabulary that where based off facts, experiments, my understanding of single replacement reactions, and corrosion prevention.

Overall during the extent of this unit I have learned more about chemistry than I had ever imagined. This project and unit was extremely helpful and most importantly….. fun!

WWII Podcast – The Legacy of WWII in Canada

During the past few weeks we have been working extremely hard to discover and learn more about the event that pit world powers against one another, and single handily put the world at a stand still. If you couldn’t tell, today I will be reflecting on our recent endeavours into the legacy of the Second World War. When doing a project or unit in PLP, we almost always have a question that the project revolves around. For this project the driving question was… (drumroll please)… “What is the Legacy of WW2 in Canada?”

                                                           The Podcast

My Daily Podcasts

To answer our driving question and present our extensive learning and knowledge of WW2 we created a 5-7 minute podcast. This was an incredible treat because I am in love with podcasts and have a daily routine of going through multiple podcasts ranging from, current events, food, sports, music, movies, and more. For this podcast each group interviewed a person who was involved or impacted by WW2. My group consisted of Marshall, Lucas and myself, and our veteran was the amazing Bill Cameron, whose kindness and storytelling is greatly appreciated.

                                                             Bill Cameron

To find Veterans to interview our class was put in touch with the Memory Project. The Memory Project is a organization that holds first-hand accounts of veterans of various conflicts and joins Veterans and Forces personnel with groups across Canada. Our group was put in touch with the lovely 95 year old Veteran, Bill Cameron. Bill is a Canadian Navy Veteran that now lives in Surrey. He was drafted in June of 1943 to a corvette that would take him across the world. During his time overseas he fought bravely, and was apart of a couple historical battles in WW2 like the infamous, D-Day.

                                                         Memory Project  


For this project we where extremely blessed to have a reliable source (The Memory Project) who put us in touch with people who where affected by WW2. It was incredibly helpful of them to get us in touch with these people willing to share and teach us more about the incredible impact WW2 had on people, all walks of life. I feel so grateful we got to collaborate with these people, who actually had real life experiences with the war. It is absolutely amazing for young students like us to hear about people close to the same age willing and ready to sacrifice their life for their country.                                  

WW2 In Colour is a historical series that you can find on netflix. We used this series as a source of learning for certain events. Would Recommend!

The content we learned are essential because it is what puts us on the path to creating a project that displays everything we learnt. During this unit we learned about the multitude of important events that unfolded throughout WW2. To shortly display my newly instated knowledge of WW2 I will show you a rough podcast/video displaying key turning points throughout WW2.

Sadly, due to unfortunate circumstances I missed the first peer critique and draft 1. This was present in my second draft because at the time I had 0 peer critique. Because of this it took me a gruelling 4 or 5 drafts to get my podcast to a level that I could be proud of. This project really showed my dedication because I did alot of revision to perfect my work.

Looking back the hardest and most time consuming part of this project was the editing process. The editing process was extremely difficult because I was not yet versed in the art of Garageband. The hardest part of editing was the slow and tedious process of learning the new tools like splitting audio, fiddling with the sound, fading out and in, and importing audio into GarageBand. Yet, after the 2nd draft I started to really understand the app and its useful tools. In the end this was very helpful because it gave me my first real experience with this really great app. What made this app so useful is the fact that you can produce everything in GarageBand, without any external aid. This project was at many times an uphill battle, I was dealing with an app I had never used, creating a type of project (podcasts) that I had never done, and yet my true kryptonite must have had to been the audio. All throughout the project I had the same problem, audio. This problem emerged because of faulty mics and I swear I have never been so frustrated in my life. After exchanging my mic twice it worked and I couldn’t have been happier. This experience helped me realize how important quality audio is and how to get that audio. I now know that you need a quiet room, working mic that is the proper distance away, and attached well without rubbing against anything.

Overall, I think for a first attempt at a podcast, I did really well. Yet, it is important to note also how much content I learned about WW2 because at the end of the day that should not be second fiddle.Thirdly this project was really helpful because it gave me an experience with GarageBand, an app I had not yet used. In conclusion I am extremely happy with the outcome of this project and extatique to move on to another podcast project.