Hello! Welcome to another reflection blog post of a project. This projects driving question was, how can the behaviour of matters be explained by the kinetic molecular theory? To answer this question we had to make a game or simulation to show this but first we started by making a MindNode about what we know, what questions we have, and what we wanted in the product of this project.
To actually make the game/simulator we learned how to use Scratch, which is website that uses block based visual programming as an educational tool for coding. I chose to make a simulator, so that means that what I made had to be interactive for the player, it had to show how the particles move in different environments like the particles being cold, hot or in different states of matter, and these all had to be explainable by the kinetic molecular theory. In my simulation I added three different elements, water molecules, helium molecules and chlorine atoms.
There were some problems with sharing my simulation so I can’t give a link to it but a can show you photos of the front of the simulation and all the coding behind it.
Another day and another project finished. For this project we made a infographic on the European settlement with a partner. Now if you don’t know what an infographic is here is an example of one:
As you can see it uses concise paragraphs or sentences along with graphics to help explain or enhance the topic of the infographic. Over a couple of weeks we learnt about the European settlement and everyone involved, the French, the British and the First Nations. Are teachers gave us a choice on what part of the settlement we made the infographic, and we chose greed in the European settlement. My partner and I made informational mini paragraphs about each group to add to our infographic about the topic we chose. Then we made the graphics to go with the paragraphs that keep with the aesthetic of the infographic. After that we did some tweaking and revising until it looked like a professional infographic.This project was really fun and I’m really happy about how it looks, i hope you like it and learn something!
You can scan the QR code to get a different way of learning from our infographic.
What is the first thing that you think of when you think pirates? You probably think about the clothing they wear, the mysterious eye patch they always have or a parrot on their shoulder that wont stop talking. All these thing have a history behind them, and I’m going to be talk about that in this post.
To start right form the beginning, instances of piracy started around the 17th century BC. The pirates threatened trading routes and seized cargos of grain, olive oil, candles and even parts of the boat to repair their own ship. Pirates back then did actually say yarrr and arg, these were used for exclamation or responding yes. Other pirate phrases such as bucko (a friend or another pirate, same as a buccaneer ) and carouser ( a reckless or loud person who drinks excessively ) were also actually used by pirates. parrots and monkeys were also actually used by pirates for company and often entertainment on long trips for the pirates, it was also a mark of status, as those exotic animals were very expensive.
Some may not know but piracy still goes on to this day. There is a movie on a real story of acargo ship that gets Hijacked by Somalian pirates. The movie, Captain Philips, shows how terrible it is that piracy still happens, but there’s reasons why, it’s sometimes the only thing that people in places like Nigeria and Indonesia can do to make money. Piracy has made trading routes and even cruise routes unsafe, I think that this movie shows just how real it is and how it still happens to day.
If you want to know more about pirates and all the swashbuckling they did click here.
Upon Reading this posts title you might already know what destination imagination is, but to start off this post I’m going to explain what it is for the people who don’t. Destination imagination is a global educational nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of inventors, leaders and creative problem solvers. Here’s more about destination imagination!
Destination imagination, or DI, requires a lot of team work, communication, Confidence and critical thinking. For my first DI, I was given a project which consisted of questions I had to answer and complete with a team. In this DI tournament there were four projects that you could pick from to finish, these were next level technical, in theory scientific, built to last engineering and epic remix fine arts. With these my teachers gave everyone a chance to tell them which project they wanted to do. I picked engineering. I chose that topic because I new I would be building something for the project and thought it would be fun. Before we were told what group we were in, our teachers told us that DI would be fun but hard and stressful. And they were right.
When we started the project it was mostly just looking at the rules of DI and making plans for the project.We learned that the main part of our projected was that we had tomake a building that had to have a purpose and, in the end, be a physical model. We also had to have a story that relates to the building and film it (if you already know about DI, then you know that usually we would have to preform our story live, but because if COVID restrictions this is not allowed). We decided to make a community centre with postmodernism style architecture and renaissance style interior.
Here’s some pictures of our finished model!
Throughout the project we had to do instant challenges, which is basically like a challenge that you have to complete in a very limited time and then present it. Those were hard but fun.
Near the end of DI there was a little more stress to get everything finished but we got it all done and now its over. I probably wouldn’t do DI again, just my personal opinion, but sense this is PLP i probably am going to do it again. its got me wondering what going to happen next time but sense I’ve already done it once I will be more prepared the next time.
here is our finished video. It’s about old people in Oregon that hate all of the community centres there so they decided to make there own, but they run into a few generational problems along the way.
We also did a Q&A video about the project process.
For about the past ten blog post I have been doing a Student blogging challenge, which is basically a challenge to blog about given topics a couple times a week for a while to help keep up your blogging skills! Throughout all of the challenges a think my favourite had to be my emoji story I did. It was just really fun to be creative with how I could perceive the pictures how I wanted to and make them into a story. Near the end of the blogging challenges, blogging had become easier for me, even though I still need to work on some things, this has help my blogging.
Here is my certificate of achievement for finishing the blogging challenges!
Spring break is coming up and theres so many things I want to do but i can’t, so, I’m going to put it in this post it here instead. Spring break for me usually means that I can go visit my grandparents in Powell River and Texada. Sense I don’t think a lot of people know about it, Texada is a little island near Powell River which is hardly populated. When I was a kid and I went there, there was this parade that happened and usually everyone participated and helped make floats with themes like ocean or their culture and then there was a cash prize for whoever won. I remember entering in to the parade once but i didn’t win. Something else that I would probably do is go on a little trip with my best friend Samantha. Our last trip was when we went on a camping trip to cultus lake to go to the water park and the amusement park, and it was the best, I really miss that we can’t really go anywhere anymore but we are planning on going back to cultus when we are allowed again!
Sense I don’t want to be bored during spring break I’m going to make a list of things to do:
-do a photography walk
-paint abstractly from an inspiration
-learn a new recipe
-finish a book
-reorganized my room
I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but its just some stuff I want to do, so ill do another post at the end of spring break and we’ll see is I’ve done all of them (or any of them)!
Holiday’s are my favourite, especially Christmas and Easter. Christmas is one of my favourite holidays because I love cold weather mostly bc it snows, and I like to give my family gifts! Something me my mom and my sister like to do near Christmas is secret Santa. Usually a while before Christmas we, pick names out of a hat and who ever we got we make them a little present to give to them on Christmas Eve, but if you only have three people for secret Santa you can easily guess who has who, so we added our cats in secret Santa, and sense the cats can’t make a present for whoever they get we all add a little present to a bag for them so they wont be left out.
Moving on to Easter, Easter is a really nice holiday for me. The Easter bunny would split my back yard in two for me and my sister so we wouldn’t fight for the chocolate. After we found all the easy chocolate my mom would play hot and cold with us from the porch because then she could see the ones hidden in the trees!
Here’s three year old me on Easter Day looking for eggs!
You have probably heard about a how it’s started/ how it’s going to be meme. And if you have it here’s what it is.
The meme usually shows before something and after something, like in this photo there’s a picture of a nurse before COVID-19 and after COVID-19 when she has to wear more protective gear which results in marks on her face.
For this project we made a how it started/how its going meme on how the the worldview in the renaissance or medieval times has or hasn’t changed.
How I made my meme was I picked a picture from the renaissance and sense I was in the values group I had to find an art piece that shows a part of the values back then, and I chose lady with an ermin by Leonardo de Vinci:
I chose this painting because I pick Humans are superior to all species and I think this shows how this was true back in the renaissance because she is using the ermin for the painting and sense she as a human is stronger and smarter that the ermin she can make the animal do that.
For my how its going art I used the original painting and put it in to supperimposex to add to the painting to show how that hasn’t changed.
I would like to warn the reader that it looks extremely weird.
As you can see I change parts of the paintings to add more modern items to the painting to show how humans being the superior species has not changed.
To this painting I added my face to where her face used to be and I added my cat to wear the ermin used to be to show how we still keep animals and how that is a form of superiority because we take care of them and they are our property. I added a fur scarf and a 100% wool tag to show how we also use animals for in clothing and fashion, and I also added treats because treats are mostly used to help train your animal and motivate it to earn commands more quickly.
After we were done the meme we started to make a virtual museum for people to go through and see our art. the museums split into 8 different rooms. The first room is an introduction room that all the groups made a picture for that shows a part of their groups world view and then every group got their own room to decorate and add their art to. Within the worldview groups there was directly responsible individual(or D.R.I), writers, techies, art, designer, and flex, and room designer which was what I was, which means that I decorated and planed the values room for the museum. I picked the wall colours and objects like plants and seating to help show values. When we finish the museum (which is really cool, if you want to see the museum click here! search up Artsteps and type PLP in the search bar!) it was really cool to go through And see all our art and the recorded statements. There are a lot of great art pieces so go check it out!
Today I’m going to be talking about my favourite music!
Starting off my favourite genre of music has changed pretty drastically over some time but right know i like jazz,smooth jazz, disco(sometimes) and pop. One of the band that i like to listen to is Heatwave. Heatwave originated in 1975 but the bands mainstream came only one year after in 1976. The founding member, Johnnie wilder, was in the US army as a serviceman in west Germany where he began performing until he’s was discharged and started to sign in night clubs and taverns with other bands while still enlisted. After a while he moved to the uk and the band started to form when linked up with keyboardist Rod Temperton after seeing his add in the paper. Over time the band grew with Johnnie wilder brother, Keith wilder. After signing their first contract with GTO Records in 1976. The band was paired with guitarist Barry blues and rhythm guitarist Jesse whitten. Jesse whitten was replaced with rhythm guitarist Roy carter after a stabbing incident. The band went on to creating there first album Too Hot To Handle in the fall of 1976. Their third single Boogie nights in 1977 was No.2 on the British popular music charts in January and in America in November. Continuing to use Barry Blue’s production skills, Heatwave released their second album Central Heating in April 1978. Since there was a lot of history for this band i am not going to write about it all but you can read the Heat Wave Wikipedia page here!
Moving on to another topic about a central instrument in jazz, the saxophone. The saxophone originated in Belgium and was invented by Adolphe sax on 28th June 1846.
Here is a video about all the different types of saxophones and the music and solos the instrument had and was in!