tPOL Gr.9

Mr./Ms. (name), this is my mother, Erica, and this is my father, Paul.

Thank you for coming to my presentation of learning. I am the expert on my own learning. I am also responsible and accountable for my own learning. You can expect me to give an honest evaluation of my progress. We will discuss my strengths and opportunities for growth. Thank you in advance for listening and for offering feedback that I can use to improve as a learner.

As you know, I have been in PLP for two years, and I will be showing my learning from this current year, Grade 9.


During the WWI project when we were doing our Storyboard and Planning Documents I had to drastically revise my work multiple times, due to things that would not work in the final comic, incorrect facts, or the complexity of the image in the final comic. This caused me to have less time than I needed for my final comic, but it ended up working out in the end. This project was quite stressful, but it also helped me learn to improve my time management skills, and it also showed me that sometimes revisions are needed to make a good final product.



My best example of teamwork was during the destination imagination project, where we were forced to work together under pressure, as we were improv, and the whole point was that we had very little to no plan, and this caused us to learn to coordinate and work together well. If we didn’t work together well then we would not preform well when we had to present in front of the appraisers. I overall found this experience fun looking back on it, and I think I worked really well with my team. I also believe that during this experience I build such good relationships with my team that I am good friends with all of them to this day, and going into the DI project I barely knew some of them.

DI blog


I learned responsibility best during the 7 habits project, as starting that project I was not very interested in it due to some more interesting things overshadowing it, like Loon Lake and DI, but by the end of the project I was extremely interested in it and that project was one of the most, if not the most vital in helping me adjust and grow as a learner. I still remember the video for that project quite well, and it really helped me learn to prioritize, whether it is school work, or something outside of school. It helped me with responsibility as it got me to realize that I had a lot more responsibilities than I initially thought I did, and I had to take control of those responsibilities.

7 Habits

Production of High Quality Work

For this one I wanted to do 7 habits again, as my kinaesthetic idea for that project took many hours of my time and was very difficult to make, but I decided to do my Vibrant Video project instead. The “how to stack chairs” and “how to ride a bike” videos both used many various camera angles and filming techniques, and both contain hours of time spent editing. I think that part of the reason why I spent so much time on this project has to do with the fact that I really enjoyed it, which is good, but I need to spend this much time on all projects, so I am trying to teach myself to enjoy all projects just as much as I did on this one, and that will in turn help me to improve my overall work quality on all projects.

Vibrant Video


Looking back on this year, there are definitely a few things I need to improve. There are also a few things that I have improved on since the start of the year

I need to improve my work ethic, as when I am not particularly invested in a project I do not spend as much time as I should. Sometimes when there is a project I am very invested in, and there is a project I am not as invested in then I will spend too much time on the project I am invested in, and not enough time on the other project. I think this is visible in one of my latest blog posts, the First Film & Exhibition Blog Post. This was the first blog post I did where I combined two projects together. In this post I spent way too much time talking about the exhibition, and not enough time talking about the First Film project.

When it comes to work habits, I think I best show this in almost all my Scimatics Blog Posts. With my Scimatics blog posts they all show a similar structure, and that structure is usually centred around the Curricular Competencies. I think focusing on the Curricular Competencies is better due to that it makes its easier for me to reflect and improve on future projects.

For my areas of improvement, I need to improve my ability to become invested in projects, as that is a skill that I can grow, and if I can do that it would greatly help me become a better learner. I also need to improve my ability to focus, and that I get distracted and sidetracked easily, which is a problem when I have lots of work.

Some areas that I have improved on would be mainly in group settings. I have improved my ability to grow positive relationships with my group, and I have also improved my ability to communicate with my peers.

Why do I feel like I should advance to the next grade level? 

I feel like I should advance to the next grade level because I have shown capability to self reflect, I have shown how I can build positive relationships with my peers and teammates during projects, I have shown how I can produce high quality work, I have shown how I have an understanding of responsibility, and I have shown how I can improve myself overtime. 

I hope that this presentation is enough to convince you that I am ready to enter Grade 10.

⌛️=💵 Scimatics

This is how I solved the driving question for the Time is Money Scimatics project.  The driving question for this project is: How can we predict our finances for the future?

I will write the answer to this at the bottom of my post.  For this project we had to make a product and then make a video showing how much money we would make from that product.

Here is the final video

This is my review and process of creating the video.

I think that if I were to do it again then I would probably make the physical product, but that was not necessary and would cost quite a bit of money and time, as I did not actually intend to spend time selling my product.

I think that the finished video looks pretty cool, and I am proud of the final result.

The Curricular Competencies for this project are:

  1. Understanding and solving: Apply multiple strategies to solve problems in both abstract and contextualized situations

This means that all time, materials, and equipment are accounted for in the cost of making your product or performing your service.

I think I preformed quite well in this competency, as I did a lot of research to find the cheapest price for the supplies needed to make my product, and I found items that contained just the right amount of supplies so it would take make almost exactly an hour to use all of the supplies.

2)   Communicating and representing: Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic form

This means that linear equations are used to determine profit per transaction, hourly wages, and predicted NET earnings (minus deductions) over a year. Graphs are created, labeled, and explained.

I think that I explained my earnings correctly and well in my video, and I also think that the graph in the video was well explained and labeled.

3)   Connecting and reflecting: Connect mathematical

concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests.

This means that the video compares your new business to other careers and considers the value of your time, if your business can cover your costs of living/operating, and its sustainability/impact on the environment.

I believe that I preformed okay for this part, as I spent a lot of time in my video explaining possible hazards from this product environmentally, and I also explained how some, but not all of those hazards could be avoided, and I also compared my business to the average pay of a McDonald’s worker, which is quite a low paying job and hard to have as your only job, but I explained that it was possible to survive with just the money from my business.

The steps that I took to make this game were:

Milestone 1:  For this milestone we brainstormed what product/service we wanted to make. I settled on magnetic fidget toys.

Milestone 2:  For this milestone we found out how much it would cost to make our products and how much we would sell them for. We also found out how much time it would take to make the product. Using the information we gathered we made charts to show the information.

Milestone 3:  For this milestone we used the data from the charts to make an equation.

Milestone 4:  For this milestone we put the equation into a graphing calculator.

Milestone 5:  For this milestone we made the final video.

Milestone 6:  For this milestone we made the blog post which I am doing right now.

As the answer to the driving question, it is actually quite easy to predict your finances for the future, you just have to know how much time it takes to make a certain amount of money, and how much money you are going to have to spend in that amount of time. (Money could be spent on rent, electric bills, taxes, or if you own a business then the money could be spent on startup costs.)

I learned a lot about jobs and how hard it is to make a good living during this project.

Before you go, I just want to say thank you to Mr. Harris for a great year, and I can’t wait for Gr.10

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and have a great day.




Cut to footage of trees (WORM’S EYE VIEW)


When you think of rainforests, you probably think of the tropical rainforests of the amazon, filled with poison dart frogs and colourful but deadly plants.


The Temperate Rainforest is quite like the typical tropical rainforest, but the temperate rainforests are located closer to the poles instead of at the equator.

BC’s temperate rainforests are lush with moss, fungi, and trees that tower over everything else


Here is the Deer Fern

The fern may seem very uninteresting, but it actually is the oldest known plant to ever exist

The Deer Fern has fibrous roots that allow it to collect water and nutrients with ease, which is why you see it everywhere.


The loud Pileated woodpecker can puncture through tough bark to eat the ants and other various bugs hiding in the tree

The pileated woodpecker has a wingspan of up to 77 cm

Now that we’ve seen the creatures that thrive at the top of the forest, let’s look at some a little closer to the ground.



This is the Common Garter Snake. This creature lives 


This is a Douglas Fir

These trees are one of the tallest species of tree in the world. The Douglas Fir can grow to over 85 meters tall.


This fir tree is a living ecosystem, with moss thriving off the branches, squirrels and birds using the tree as their home, and various bugs living off of the nutrients that the tree pulls from the soil.

Even when the tree dies, termites and ants take shelter within the corpse of the great tree. Sometimes other trees grow out from the deceased plant, consuming the leftover nutrients and using it to grow.

Although these trees are majestic, they face massive threats from logging and deforestation. About 15 billion trees are cut down every year, and 42 million every day. That’s not even the only threat to these forest giants. Invasive species that are not native to BC take up valuable soil, water, and sunlight which could be used instead for the growth of the forests.

(Interview Portion)

Help protect these sacred forests. 

Making a Documentary! & Standing for Almost 5 Hours!

First Film

Films. Film are hard to make. For our last project we had to make a film. Now you may be aware of my Vibrant Video post, and if you have not read it I recommend you read it here.

The driving question for this project was: How can I engage and entertain an audience using my video and storytelling skills?

At the start of the First Film project we started out by filing out some sheet that we were supposed to show our interests in, and this sheet was supposed to help us come up with ideas for our documentary topic. I settled on BC’s Temperate Rainforests as my topic, which would kind of come to bite me in the back later. 

During this project we would watch a short documentary every few days, and the first one we watched was The Lost Forest, which is really cool, and you should watch it.

Then we learned interview etiquette, and how to record an interview. Recording a good interview is harder than you probably think, and I will leave the example video we made here. In the example video our question for the interviewee was their whether they liked pineapple on pizza or not, but the idea was almost scrapped because we were worried it was too political and the interviews might get heated.

When we were working on the interview video we were also watching this list of short documentaries, which was named Doc a Day.

Now we made our treatment and log line, did some research on our subjects, and then made our screenplays


After we had finished the screenplays, we made our storyboards.

Then we filmed for about a week, made a rough cut, edited for a few days, and we had our finished film.

One thing that I am willing to admit is that I barely got my documentary done in time for the exhibition, due to many reasons, 1. I am a professional procrastinator (probably not something I should brag about.) 2. You know how I said earlier that choosing temperate rainforests as my topic would not be a good decision? Well it just so happens that the day I go to start filming, it rains for almost 2 weeks, and most of my shots could not be filmed in the rain. Luckily I did get my doc done in time for the exhibition.

Now for the thing you have been waiting for: the answer to the driving question.

The audience can be engage and entertained by using different filming techniques, making it fun to watch, and hooking the viewer in the first few seconds.

Spring/Summer Exhibition

(Note:) Why is it called the spring exhibition when it takes place during the summer???

At the end of the First Film project we had our Summer Exhibition, and in the exhibition we decided to showcase our documentaries. For the exhibition we were split into groups, each group with a different topic for the exhibition. There was Intro, PBL Pathway, Beyond the Classroom, Tech for Learning, and Conclusion. I was in the Tech for Learning group, but we’ll get back to that later. We had to have 3 things: a themed food, an interactive activity, and a documentary showcase. The Intro group had cups of candy as the food, the pamphlets as the interactive activity, and they had a projector projecting the documentaries onto a whiteboard. They were located just outside of the main entrance to the school, and they had some grade 9s acting as students and teachers, which was showing how they thought that PLP was more effective than average school.

Next is the PBL Pathway group, and the were located inside the main PLP classroom, and they had marshmallows and toothpicks as one of their foods and interactive activities, in which you would use the marshmallows and toothpicks to make structures. They also had a interactive activity where you could make a drawing and put it up, and people would give the drawing kind, helpful, and specific feedback, and the feedback that best fit that criteria would get these brain candies, which was the second food that they gave. This was one of the most creative groups, and for their documentaries, they had a ingenious idea to take iPads, and put them into boxes where somebody could come up and look into the box, which amplified the sound for the person looking inside of the box, and increased the lighting quality for the person looking inside of the box without disrupting the people in other parts of the room.

After them was the Beyond the Classroom. Beyond the Classroom had a very fun interactive activity which I will get back to later, but for the food they had this watered down orange juice with orange juice concentrate that was pretty good, and they were located in room 217, which is right next to the main PLP room. They had the documentaries projected onto the wall and because they decided to do a theme of the Loon Lake Learning Advance (read my blog link here) they had iPads up with a slideshow of photos from Loon Lake. That’s also the reason why they gave out orange juice, as the juice was a very memorable part of Loon Lake due to a whole fiasco where the orange juice was taken away, but then we got back the orange juice and everybody celebrated. Going back to the exhibition, this group also had some grade 8’s acting out the laser tag and battle archery we had at loon lake. If you head out into the hall you would see the interactive activity that they made, which was extremely fun, and basically you would sit on a skateboard and pull this rope to go faster, and you would race the other person next to you. This station was supposed to represent canoe racing, and it was definitely my favourite interactive activity.

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Now is my station, the Tech for Learning station. In the Tech for Learning station we had these cookies that were shaped like apps such as things, pages, and basecamp. We also had this “Pagerade” and “Keynoterade” which was originally just going to be orange and blue Gatorade, but that was too expensive so we just used this “Kool-Aid Drink Mix” and that was these tiny bottles of flavouring that you put into water to turn it into a coloured drink 🍹 

Behind that stand was our Vibrant Video stand. We had a projector for that station, but the projector did not work as well with the lights on, so we just used a iPad. If you have not read my Vibrant Video post you can read it here.

Our interactive activity was where you use the Action Movie app to make it look like you were being hit by a car or something similar. We also used a green screen to make it look like you were on a beach. I was at the documentary stand, and all I had to do was press the subtitles button every 5 minutes, so I spent most of my time substituting for people at the interactive activity station when they were on break.

Looking back on the exhibition, I think that some parts that could have gone better would probably be when I was setting up the projector, as I did not start setting up the projector until about five minutes before the exhibition started, which could have led to a few problems, but luckily it did not. Another thing that was not ideal during the exhibition was how we did not taste test the flavouring that we put into the drinks until the day of the exhibition. There was one flavour that I taste tested, but that happened to be the only flavour that did not have any problems. One of the flavours turned out to not be the colour that we wanted it to be, which created many problems, as then we had less of the colour that we wanted. Another problem that could have been avoided with testing was that the other flavour for the blue colour turned out to taste really bad, so we basically only had the orange flavour.

Looking back on the things that went well though, the interactive activity station was something that definitely went well, even though there was one iPad mishap, that station worked out almost perfectly and a lot of people liked it.

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Overall I think that this exhibition was probably my favourite out of all the ones we have done so far, except for the part where we had to stand for 5-ish hours. But other than that, it was the most fun exhibition we had so far, and the people who came to the exhibition seemed to like it as well.

I also want to thank the all teachers for making this happen.

Scimatics Blog Post Mitosis Models

This is how I solved the driving question for the Mitosis Models Scimatics project.  The driving question for this project is: How is the reproduction of cells essential to the survival of organisms?

I will write the answer to this at the bottom of my post.  For this project we had to make models  representing mitosis and meiosis and put them into a video. 

Here is my video

This is my review and process of creating the video.

I think that if I were to do it again then I would make sure to elaborate on meiosis as I was more focused on mitosis.

I think that the finished video looks pretty cool, and I am proud of the final result.

The Curricular Competencies for this project are:

  1. Questioning and predicting: Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest

This means that all class time is used for learning without distractions.

I did not do amazing in this category, as I did get distracted a few times, which was not that good, but I did also find interest in this project, so I was paying a lot of attention during the parts where we used the microscope.

2)   Planning and conducting: Collaboratively and individually plan, select, and use appropriate investigation methods, including field work and lab experiments, to collect reliable data

This means that microscope slides of plant tissues from clones were prepared and used for photographic evidence of mitosis.

I think that I did okay for this specific competency, as I had some good images of the cells in the garlic, but I ended up using pre-made specimens in the end, which worked out really well.

3)   Scientific Communication: Formulate physical or mental theoretical models to describe a phenomenon

This means that a recorded video with voice narration explains the reasons for and processes of mitosis and meiosis with accurate 3D models and photographs. Similarities and differences are also described.

I think that I preformed mediocre in this competency as I ended up finishing the video later than I was supposed to, and there was one major difference that I missed.

The steps that I took to make this were:

Milestone 1:  For this milestone we made a project start mind map

Milestone 2:  For this milestone we completed the tutorials in TinkerCad

Milestone 3:  For this milestone we did a Khan Academy quiz

Milestone 4 Part 1:  For this milestone we made our Mitosis Models

Milestone 4 Part 2:  For this milestone we made our Meiosis Models

Milestone 5:  For this milestone we took pictures of garlic root cells

Milestone 6:  For this milestone we made a video on mitosis and meiosis which I will leave here

Milestone 7:  For this milestone we made the blog post which I am doing right now.

As the answer to the driving question, cell reproduction is important for growth and diversity of organisms, if there is no cell reproduction from mitosis then no living multicellular organism can grow, and if there is no meiosis then everybody would be extremely similar and they would all be susceptible to one specific disease.

I learned a lot about cell reproduction, mitosis, and meiosis in this project.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and have a great day.

Coruscating Cinema blog post

I think if you have had any free time you probably made a home movie of some sort, and I find these really fun. I’m not much of an actor, but I really, really like editing. I like editing enough that I will willingly spend hours on a editing project just because I find it fun. Another thing that I am quite fond of is cinematography, which is “the art of photography and camerawork in film-making.” So this post is about our Vibrant Video project, and you wouldn’t guess, but this project is about BOTH of those things, so obviously I quite enjoyed this project, and went far enough as to make my own video with a few other people. Firstly in this project we made our video about a hobby that we like using clips, and it was ok. Before you jump to conclusions I have to first say that clips is not usually my first choice for video editing, so I was not as fond of this part vs the later parts, but it was still fun to make.

For this stage we made a tutorial video about how to stack a chair. I made this video with Alicia (blog here). I found this part quite fun to make, but there were some hard parts where we had to deal with background noise of others making videos at the same time.

We also made a script for this which I will put right here

At this point we made some mini-movies utilizing effects                                           I made one about angles

Now for the last part which I am the most proud of we made a video about how to ride a bike.

I learned a lot about making videos from this as a lot of our class seemed to enjoy our video, and I believe that it had abrupt and unexpected turns, and that those turns were humorous. Another reason why I think our video was good was because it had good use of special effects, and a bunch of different angles.

In a project that takes place after this project ended we had to make a video with music about things that represented some part in this term, and I chose this project to make the video about. Here is that video:

Thank you for reading my blog, and have a great day

The war that should have ended all wars

WWI. Unless you have no clue what history is you have almost definitely heard about World War One, or The Great War, or The War to End All Wars. I really don’t like the last two, but especially that last one. Firstly, WWI was not really that “great.” So many people died, and it lasted so long with not much benefit to either side. Nobody won during WWI, not even the side that “won.” Secondly, WWI should have been the war to end all wars, but guess what? You guessed it, WWII. Not only did WWI not end all wars, but there was ANOTHER world war. WWI wasn’t even the last world war, let alone the last war, so the name “War to End All Wars” is not as fitting as it might have been during WWI. Oh, also speaking of WWI we recently did a project on it for Humanities. It was pretty cool, we read this cool comic book, we watched this cool movie, actually you should totally watch the movie. It’s called 1917 and it’s really REALLY good, like probably my favourite war movie. That’s not saying much as I barely watched any war movies but you should still watch it. Going back to the project, we made our own comic books which was really fun, but it was so hard. I spent way too much time on my drawings and probably should have spent more time on my story, but I’ll do that in the future. If you want to read my comic I’ll leave it right here. 

I am now going to show the process that we went through to make the comic:

So first we did research on the causes of wars.

I personally think that assassination is the most common way wars are started, and one of the ways to start a war. This part was a little bit boring but was quite vital for later parts of the project, so I am glad that we did it. 

After that we identified consequences of the new weapons of war, like machine guns or tanks

Then we made a paragraph on the short and long term consequences of WWI. I thought that this part was pretty interesting, and it helped me think about WWI in a different light.

This is the paragraph ⬇️

Consequences can be a very broad term, negative or positive things, long term or short term things. With something as big as World War One, there’s a lot of negatives. I think that one long term consequence of WWI was some of the technological advancements that were made. In an article from Air and Space they state that “Heavy artillery, machine guns, tanks, motorized transport vehicles, high explosives, chemical weapons, airplanes, field radios and telephones, aerial reconnaissance cameras, and rapidly advancing medical technology and science were just a few of the areas that reshaped twentieth century warfare”. This just goes to show how many new technologies were developed, continued and been the spark for many inventions further. Many of these things have are still being used in the present day, or heave led to inventions that we now use. A short term consequence was the amount of lives and money that were lost due to the war. Economic crashes and resource scarcity where seriously problematic, during and post war. An article from Centre Robert Schumann says that “There were 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded. The total number of deaths includes 9.7 million military personnel and about 10 million civilians”. These statistics show how much money and how many peoples lives were lost in WWI. It also reinforces my statement about a short term consequence of WWI being how much money and how many peoples lives were lost in the war.

Then we made a analysis on a poster of propaganda from WWI. This assignment was kinda cool, and I chose a poster that had a lot of small details in it which I liked.

This was about the time that we watched the movie, and I’ll put my reflection on my takeaway from the movie.

The war to end all wars, or WWI was a complete bloodbath where many soldiers died. One of the massive short term consequences was the huge loss of life, which caused depression in many who were close to soldiers who died in the war, and some may have even taken their own life because their son or husband had died. Another huge short term consequence was how many surviving soldiers suffered from PTSD shortly after the end of the war. To quote the graphic novel World War One: “the trauma of fighting and the psychological strain gave rise to ‘shell shock’, a new condition that many generals and medical officers gave little importance to. It is now better known as ‘post-traumatic stress disorder’.” One of the longer term consequences was that the people in power, like governments, prime ministers, queens, princes, etc. would put more consideration and thought into decisions involving war, as after the sheer length and bloodshed from the First World War, they learned that you can no longer just attack a country without considering the consequences of your actions. To quote the Nelson Text: “War has the ability to unite both people and nations as they fight against a common enemy. However, war can also be a great divider-for both the winning and losing sides. When World War I ended at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, the Allies claimed victory against the Central Powers. During the four years of battle, over 37 million people were killed and nearly 22 million were wounded. In addition to this massive loss of life, both sides experienced social, political, geographical, and economic short-term and long-term consequences.” This perfectly communicates how war can have huge consequences that people do not, or did not take into consideration before attacking.

Now was the time to start work on the comic. I got the war measures act, which was not my first choice, but I was kind of stuck with it so I had to make do with what I had. There was not much info on the war measures act in WWI, but basically German people got sent to interment camps for no reason, other than that they shared the same blood as the enemy. The same thing happened in WWII, and that one was more well known, so I got confused for the first day and did some research on the interment camps in WWII instead of in WWI, but I corrected myself later on. I made these planning documents, which changed later on.

I also made this storyboard, which is the skeleton of my comic, but not all things on the storyboard appeared on the comic, and I made some changes to the storyboard before I finished the comic.

I was away for a few days nearing the end of the project and apparently I missed a youtube video that we were supposed to watch as a class.

Ok, so now that you know the process that I went through to make the comic, now I am going to show how I preformed on the Core Competencies. 

Competency #1

How well have I shown interest in this project?

I think that for this competency I preformed well, as I was actually really interested in this project and WWI, so I feel as though I participated a decent amount

Competency #2

How well have I shown the ability to assess cause and consequence?

I think I did ok for this competency, as I was capable of easily distinguishing and finding causes and consequences in this project.

Competency #3

How well have I incorporated and shown proper grammar and writing in this project?

I believe that I have preformed quite well for this competency, as I think that I have a somewhat large vocabulary, and I think I used this to my advantage in this project.

That is all for today. 

Thank you for reading my blog, and have a great day

Noah’s blog post

Hello everyone and welcome back to another blog post! In recent, we have been working on a Maker 9 project called vibrant video. This will be a rather short post because I learned a lot of physical skills like how to shoot film and angles. But nether the less, I hope you enjoy this post.

To start off we learned about editing. We did this by learning how to better use an app called Clips. We had used it in the past, but it was on a much smaller scale. Throughout the entire project, we would come back to use clips for various reasons. But for the first assignment, we were asked to create a short about me video that showed off our interests and/or a hobby. I chose to do mine on Irish dancing. We were given specific parameters. For example: we had to use at least one effect, we had to use titles, and we had a to add some of the background music that was provided within clips it’s self.

In this first assignment, I think something that I really took away was adding audio that enhanced the video. In the entire project, we would make many videos that used audio. I think that this first part helped me learn the do’s and don’ts when adding audio to a film. It also taught me about using audio to enhance a video and add to it. You can check out the about me video I made below ⬇️

[insert about me video]

Now, throughout this entire project, we had been taking notes on the history of film. We started off with more history. For example, what the first motion picture was, who first invented it, etc. we then moved on to more modern day things. Like special effects, CGI, etc. We had three sets of lectures all of which we were frantically taking notes. You can check out the notes later be patient

7 habits

Ok, so you might know what the 7 Habits For Highly Effective People are, but if you don’t basically they are these 7 habits that this guy Steven Covey wrote about how to be a more effective person. Habit 1 is Be Proactive, Habit 2 is Begin With the End in Mind, Habit 3 is Put First Things First, Habit 4 is Think Win-Win, Habit 5 is Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood, Habit 6 is Synergize, and Habit 7 is Sharpen the Saw. We did a project on them for Maker this year where we made different choice boards and if you know me then you know I love to make animations, so most of my choice board activities are animations which I will put right here: 

I am going to list a few ways that I am using the 7 habits currently; I am being proactive by not caring when someone says an insult or something similar. I am sharpening the saw by always trying to improve myself in different ways.

Here are also a few ways that I plan to use the 7 habits in the future; I plan to think Win-Win in the future by sharing things when I can, and believing that nothing is a 0 sum game, and by doing this I think that it will help me to be more considerate whenever I can. I plan to put First Things First in the future by learning to prioritize more important and more urgent projects before less important and less urgent projects.

I think that I am using technology to my advantage currently by using it to do tasks that would be more difficult without the technology, like writing the blog post I am writing right now, as I need technology to put it up onto the internet, and I tend to write faster when I am using a keyboard vs a pencil and paper. Another way that I am using technology to my advantage is by making animations, which is not really possible with just pencil and paper. I plan on using technology to my advantage in the near future by using it to complete future projects faster, and to do things like make videos for future assignments. I plan on using technology to my advantage in the long term by programming, which I think could be a possible future career for myself in the future.

During this project I also made three different things: 

A voice note for my audio idea

A animation for my video idea

And a wire sculpture for my kinaesthetic idea

This represents habits 1 and 2. The man is being proactive by committing to his path and overcoming roadblocks. The man began with the end in mind as he brought a rope because he knew that there would be roadblocks that he had to overcome

Thank you for reading my blog and have a great day

Metaphor Machines post

This is how I solved the driving question for the Metaphor Machines Scimatics project.

I will write the answer to this at the bottom of my post.  For this project we had to make a Rube Goldberg machine about the scientific method.

Here is the video of our Rube Goldberg machine:

Video (no voiceover)

This is my review and process of creating the Rube Goldberg machine.

I think that if I were to do it again then I would probably make the machine more complicated, and.

I think that the finished machine looks pretty cool, and I am proud of the final result.

The Curricular Competencies for this project are:

  1.  Questioning and Predicting: Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest

This means that I can use all class time is used efficiently for learning without distractions.

I think that I did okay for this competency as I really was interested in making the Rube Goldberg machine, and I put a lot of work and thought into it, but I got distracted a few times.

2)   Reasoning and Analyzing: Estimate reasonably

This means that my final blueprint is complete and accurate. Contains grid scale. All measurements are labeled with a high degree of accuracy. All lines are easily distinguished.

I think I did okay for this competency, because I completed this criteria, but it took a few revisions.

3)   Planning and conducting: Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to systematically and accurately collect and record data

This means that I can make hand built series and parallel circuits are used to good effect with efficiency in your metaphor machine. Accurate circuit diagrams are included in the final blueprint. Diagrams use proper symbols. Diagrams are neat and easy to understand. Measurements of current, voltage and resistance are included.

I think I did well for the hand built circuits, but I did not have that accurate diagrams in my blueprint, and the symbols were not the proper symbols.

The steps that I took to make the Rube Goldberg machine were:

Milestone 1:  For this milestone we made our project start mind map

Here is my project end mind map

Milestone 2:  For this milestone we preformed three different experiments involving electricity

Milestone 3:  For this milestone we did a khan academy quiz on scale diagrams

Milestone 4:  For this milestone we made a two blueprints for our Rube Goldberg machine, one by ourselves and one with our group.

Milestone 5:  For this milestone we finished our machine and added the voiceover.

The link is here ⬇️

FullSizeRender (video with voiceover)

Milestone 6:  For this milestone we made the blog post which I am doing right now.

I learned a lot about the scientific method in this project

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and have a great day.