Category: Scimatics

Surfs up!

Hi everyone,

Over the last month I designed a surfboard with my friend Ryder, go checkout his blog. This project Involved many calculations and 3D design. I came into this project thinking that oh calculating volume, and surface area will be easy, we learned that in grade 7. I quickly realized that calculating the surface area and volume of complex shapes which don’t have all their faces showing is very time consuming. I’m so happy for computer programs which can do stuff like calculating Surface area and Volume for us. 

This is my model of a surfboard

As I already mentioned my friend Ryder, and I made a surfboard. We made 2 different surfboards. Ryder made a better looking surfboard in Tinkercad, but it wasn’t a simple shape and our teacher, and even the internet had no clue how to calculate it. I made a more simple surfboard out of simple shapes in Shapr 3D. The shapes I uses were Cylinders, Rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms. Then we calculated the SA and V (Surface Area and Volume). Finally we made a keynote explaining our object, and the process of building it, and calculating it’s SA and V.

Now I will do what I do in every reflection blog post. Reflect on competencies. 

Applying and Innovating: I feel I did quite well on this competency. I got most of my work done during class. I paid attention almost all the time during class. I also helped other people out. If I could do this project again I would make sure to finish all my calculation in class. 

Reasoning and Analyzing: I built a surfboard maximized for volume. It included 12 shapes. It was was maximized for volume. I built it with Ryder’s input and revised it many times to improve it. If I could do this project again I would have used more basic shapes at the start. 

This is my model of a surfboard

Communicating and representing: I did well on this competency. We made a keynote which showed all of our formulas, measurements, and calculations. We explained them in detail during our presentation. If I could do this project again, I would make my calculation more clear. 


So all in all this was an interesting project which I feel I’ve done quite well on. I think there were many things I could improve but there are in every project.

Crazy Chemical Conditions

Hi everyone,

We just finished a Scimatics project called chemistry coding. As you can probably guess by the name it was about chemistry and coding. We had to code a game or simulator which showed are understanding of the kinetic molecular theory. Our driving question was “How is the Motion of Atoms and Molecules Related to the Temperature?”

This is my scratch game. I had another version the atoms are hydrogen and you can check it out here. The atoms speed up as your score (the temperature goes up), the goal is to get the highest temperature possible. 

My best work this project was my game in my opinion but I also did well on Gemstone ID challenge. In the gemstone ID challenge we had to ID gemstones by calculating their density. Turns out I was wrong they weren’t three different gemstones they were all white topaz, but I did a good job at calculating the density.

Now I will reflect on how I did on the curricular competencies. We had three curricular competencies for this project and I felt I did pretty well on all of them. 


The first one was Questioning and Predicting: Demonstrate a sustained curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest. I feel I did quite well on this competency. I got all my work done on time, I used my class time efficiently and I was still demonstrating a curiosity towards this chemistry by the end of this project. 


Scientific communication: communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language, representations, and digital technologies. I feel I did very well on this competency, I had 2 different atoms, multiple states of matter, and a historical model. Of the atom. I also communicated my understanding of the kinetic molecular theory. 


Reasoning and analyzing: Use logic and patterns to solve puzzles and play games. I feel I did awesome on this competency. I used logic and patter to make a game which you could play, and reasonable conditions and was fun! 

Mazer Tag

Hi everyone, 

We recently completed a project called Mazer Tag. For this project we had to make Right angle laser triangles. We worked with both the Pythagorean theorem and, the laws of reflection of lasers. I worked on this project with two other people, Raymond and, Dries.

This is my Project mind map we both started off this project with it and finished this project of with it. 

The are the competencies we were being assessed on throughout the project were:

The law of reflection is used to build a right angle triangle shaped laser path. Refraction and interference are also incorporated into the laser display. I did ok on this competency I made a decent laser path and when we had dry ice in the display were using refraction. 

Next competency: Two sides are measured and the length of one side is calculated and labeled using the Pythagorean theorem. We made a poster which showed the side lengths of the triangles and the Pythagorean theorem.

Next competency: The laser triangle is set up and labeled in an aesthetically interesting way and all group members contribute equally to setting up the room on exhibition day. Our laser triangle looked pretty cool on exhibition day with all the dry ice smoke illuminating the laser. All of our group members contributed quite equally on exhibition day.   

Final competency: All class time is used efficiently for learning and project work without distraction. Most of our group worked efficiently without distractions. Although, sometimes one of our members got distracted.

Tectonic Books Reflection Post

Hi everyone,

This is a reflection blog post on my Tectonic Books project. For this project we had to make a book explaining some key concepts about plate tectonics. My book was called, “Alex and the Tectonic Plates.” 

During this Project I used the skill of Demonstrating an Understanding and Appreciation of Evidence. I used this skill well I was adding key concepts in my books. The reason I don’t think I improved this skill in any way, was because I could have done this same work at the beginning of the project. 

With our second skill which was Questioning and Predicting I don’t think I improved as I have always been able to question and predict at a similar level to this. I also have always been able have a sustained intellectual curiosity with science related material. I don’t think this skill really needs much improvement. I used this skill during the building knowledge stage as I needed to learn about different subjects to help create my book.

The third skill which is Applying and Innovating, I didn’t really notice myself using through out this project. Although, If I look back at the project now I think when we presented our books to the grade 4’s and 5’s we used it. Another instance when I used this skill was, when I helped others at the start of the project create some ideas. I’m honestly not sure if I improved this skill as I never really thought about until this project.

Here I have my book imbedded into this post for you to see below,

Hi everyone,

This is a reflection blog post on my Tectonic Books project. For this project we had to make a book explaining some key concepts about plate tectonics. My book was called, “Alex and the Tectonic Plates.”

Project end mind map

During this Project I used the skill of Demonstrating an Understanding and Appreciation of Evidence. I used this skill well I was adding key concepts in my books. The reason I don’t think I improved this skill in any way, was because I could have done this same work at the beginning of the project.

With our second skill which was Questioning and Predicting I don’t think I improved as I have always been able to question and predict at a similar level to this. I also have always been able have a sustained intellectual curiosity with science related material. I don’t think this skill really needs much improvement. I used this skill during the building knowledge stage as I needed to learn about different subjects to help create my book.

The third skill which is Applying and Innovating, I didn’t really notice myself using through out this project. Although, If I look back at the project now I think when we presented our books to the grade 4’s and 5’s we used it. Another instance when I used this skill was, when I helped others at the start of the project create some ideas. I’m honestly not sure if I improved this skill as I never really thought about until this project.

Here I have my book imbedded into this post for you to see below

Thanks for reading!

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