Mind over matter!

Hey there welcome back to my blog, or welcome to my blog. In this science project we learned about atoms, mass, and the different states of matter, and how these all affect us. One of my personal favourite parts was learning about how to measure the mass of an object using a triple beam balance, which led to keystone 1. For keystone 2 we got to put gummy bears into different solutions, that we thought would affect gummy bears the most and view the results the next day. We did this in partners, my partner and I decided to use normal water and fizzy water, interestingly enough they came out bigger, which you will see if you decide to try this out for yourself! The third and final keystone we did was designing and making a video game, I will show you a few pictures from mine.

Overall this project taught me a lot about matter and atoms, I also had some fun experiences doing it!

Small but mighty!

In this science project, called small but mighty, we learned all about microorganisms and how they affect our body in both good ways and bad ways as well as all of the purposes of them. We learned about the adaptive immune system, the innate immune system, and each cell. Such as the macrophage, which is the cell that is tasked with getting rid of the pathogens, or the white blood cell that has the job of finding and marking any pathogens entering the body, and also the T-cell that splits up into three different variants of itself with each version having a different role. For our first keystone we were tasked with swabbing different areas of the school and then putting the swab into a Petri dish with agar in it and then observe the growths and changes over the course of the week, by the end of this keystone my Petri dish was covered in different molds and microbes. For our second keystone we were assigned to make a character for each of the cells we had learned about, making them humanized characters, I decided to make each of mine superheroes that fought off the pathogens. Finally our third keystone, we each had to make a kids health poster for schools in the district and we were also told to use at least one kindergartener’s drawing of what they thought was a “nasty germ” inside of our posters. Overall this project really helped me understand more about what actually goes on in the immune system and it also taught me how to use other peoples work in my own projects





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.

So far this year I feel like I have learned a lot about PLP and I think that I have come pretty far since the beginning of the year. I started out the year making my learning plan which would pave the way for the rest of the year, in my learning plan I believed that I would become accomplished in maker 8, and sophisticated in humanities 8. The projects that we have done so far in humanities 8 have been the outsiders, power play, and we currently finished one called Radical innovations. my favourite humanities 8 project would have to be power play because we got to learn all about the Middle Ages which I realize now would become useful in later projects. In maker 8 the projects we have done were, making interesting images, and becoming a PLP learner, unfortunately I did not succeed at both of them, throughout the year I have had a FAIL with Showbie  since I did not really understand how to use it, and I never asked for help with it which left me floundering and trying to keep up with the class. But I think that I have figured out how to use it now. Another Thing that I had trouble with was that I did not ask enough questions on problems that I was confused on which led me down a dark hole of trying to do it all myself, I now know that I should ask more questions if I ever feel confused about something in class, or coming to tutorial in the mornings to work on anything I might need help with. The winter exhibition was before I realized that I needed to put much more effort and work into things so it was a good example of what I was doing before it.


Winter exhibition

The latest humanities project I have done if proof of this and has made me realize that I can in fact get an exceeding for a grade if I try hard enough. And I plan do try and work as hard as this on every future project so that I can achieve my learning goal. At the start of this project I was not putting maximum effort in and often just did the minimum work for whatever learning we were doing. But then I realized that I can’t do this throughout school and if I was to do this I would end up doing very bad in school ad probably being put into the normal school system, and after an email home to my parents I decided to pick myself up and try my hardest to do better in this project, so I started to pay attention, I got my work done on time, and I started doing work at home before it was happening in class so that way I knew that I would be prepared for class.


The most recent maker project was very fun all in all but I do think I could have done better. As for what could have gone better I might say that I should have tried harder at making the booklet. With the drawings I think that it was possible for me to make them better because I could not look at them and say with confidence that I tried my absolute hardest and that was the best possible work I could do, but I am still glad that I achieved my learning goal for maker. 


The winter exhibition was a sort of turning point for me as it was when I started to turn myself around after this project had finished so it is a way to see what I was doing before that. As you can see from the less than good quality of this work. The fact that I typed this in one day does say a lot about it. One of the problems was that I forgot what we did on the last days of school which is when our class started the draft of this blog post and over the break I forgot what we had done so afterwards when we had the day to and the next day to work on it I did not really know what to do. So after a meeting with Ms Kaidi and figuring out what to do I just thought to myself “okay lets get this over with” and so I finished it later and barely checked it over and only did the bare minimum. After this I have shown growth by achieving my learning goal and getting an exceeding in humanities which has given me a confidence boost and now I plan to try as hard as possible for future exhibitions

The renaissance triptych and historical explanation

During this project I learned so much and one of my favourite things was using SuperimposeX to create this awesome triptych SuperimposeX let me edit in anything I needed to and it looks great, like using the mask tool to cut off part of the clock to Mae it look like it is behind me. I am glad that I learned how because this will be very useful in future projects.

With the rise of the renaissance came the rise of many great inventions that we still use to this day, like the printing press which led the way to newspapers, and books, or the discovery of lenses which produced glasses and telescopes. All of these inventions had a great impact on the world as we know it changing the course of humanity. The new ideas that sprouted during the renaissance changed humanity forever by providing us with so many different inventions. Such as the mechanical clock, which was much more accurate than any sundial or water clock and they were easier to use, the mechanical clock is still used. The when the use of lenses was discovered astronomers were truly able to view the rest of our galaxy through the telescopes made with lenses, and lenses were also put into monocles so people could see things better. The musket was a weapon that revolutionized firepower, and it was very powerful and more accurate than its predecessor, but also bigger. Before the renaissance happened people were very much single minded as to what was okay or not and in general they were more obedient, but many of them had ideas that they would not share to anyone else or be afraid of some sort of persecution. Before the renaissance inventions changed the world people used more primitive versions of them. The sundial was replaced by the mechanical clock, but was still very vital to the times by giving the person using it a surprisingly accurate read on the time. The harquebus was one of the first guns fired from the shoulder and it was often used on a support which transferred the recoil into the support. Before the lens was discovered people had no way of seeing far away other than going there. After the renaissance in the modern day those 3 inventions have been modernized and still function today. The telescope and the monocles lenses have been used in everything from cameras, to glasses, and to cell phones. As the world moves into a more developed society, the ideas from Europe and Asia that shaped it had a huge influence on the modern world. With the invention of the mechanical clock, people were able to measure time much more accurately than before. The use of lenses in telescopes greatly enhanced our view and understanding of the universe, while the musket revolutionized warfare. People were less obedient to the norms of society and felt more liberated to express their ideas and beliefs. The fundamental inventions of the renaissance have been modernized and improved upon in the modern day, some to a nearly unrecognizable extent. But the revolutionary ideas and inventions that began in Europe and Asia still remain as the basis for many of the things we use everyday. From the clock that tells us the time to the lenses that gave us the telescopes that peered into the depths of the universe, these inventions have greatly changed and expanded the world we live in.

The Winter Exhibition!

This Winter Exhibition was my very first one and I am quite excited for the next one. It was definitely hard work but it was also fun, and during it there were high points and low points, so let me go over some of them and come up with a solution for things that could go better for next time. One high point was when I got to explain my box to someone and they looked interested in it, there is just something really nice about explaining something that you have made all by yourself and explaining it to someone who is genuinely curious about it. Seeing everyone else’s rooms was amazing and they all looked so cool! Another high of the night was when we were all working together to put up everything in our room, and the end result looked great. Some lows of the night include people that were having “extended breaks”, as well as some people just coming room to room stealing snacks. I think that the biggest problem was when the person assigned to make our room activity forgot it and I believe we could fix that by assigning it to a different person next time. I don’t really know how to fix the other two problems that went wrong during the exhibition. Overall the Winter Exhibition was a positive experience. This is a photo of me during the exhibition in our room called the “executive lounge”.


My learning portfolio

My Learner portfolio.

This blog post is all about the things I have accomplished on my journey to becoming a PLP learner and student. Like this WordPack we did at the start of the year,

Which was meant to contain a lot of “I am” statements that we chose that best describe ourselves. I also made a photo that contained another “I am” statement that we thought that was one of the most major statements, and then turn it into a photo that we then edited, I chose to do “I am a reader” because of how much I love to read.

This was my laptop Memoji that we had to make some of the things I put on were a cat, because they are my favourite pet, as well as a tennis racket because I like to play tennis, and cheese because I love cheese and It was funny to fill in. My dream board is below it and I put all the things that I hope to have or do when I am older, like visit lots of wonderful places such as Italy, or Mexico! And I would certainly love to have a husky when I am older.

This is my bucket list and we worked on this and added all the things we want to do when we are older. And I also made a YouTube channel template about something we like and I chose to do a how to channel for one of my favourite video games, Destiny 2. All of these projects represent me on my path to becoming a PLP learner!

All about me!

Hi there! My name is Aidan and I am a Seycove Secondary student and a PLP learner, my graduation year is 2027.

This is my blog and on it I will be posting different things from the PLP program. My favourite things to do include, reading, gaming, rowing, and messing around with my friends. Some of the things from my collage are me in my Halloween costume, my cat and my dogs, a picture of where I go, and me when I was 5. One of the things that I would be most proud of is a book cover from grade 6 it took a long time to make and it was hard, but the end result looked great! 

In the wintertime I like to ski at whistler, and in the summer and spring I like to row with the school and my friends, and sometimes go for a bike ride.

This Gif of me represents all the things that go on in my head, like reading playing games, eating, and thinking about my cat.