Argh Matey! Land Ho!

So, you might be thinking it’s a bit weird for there to be a blog post in the middle of “physical distancing.” Well, in fact, it is! If you haven’t read my previous post, check it out  here. It explains how even the biggest hurdles can’t stop PLP! I think I’ll miss that, but onto the project. The one we just completed was kind of a joint projet between Scimatics and Humanities. You might be wondering how Science, Social Studies and English might all be in a project together, but it just involves some creative thinking!!! Some highlights of the project were learning how to pronounce “Dengue virus.” It actually came down to me telling my moms about the project, and then they were like “what on earth is “den-gue.” If you were wondering how it’s actually pronounced, it’s “deng-gei.” Yup, it’s a weird one. Well, lets start from the beginning. I’m going to try and alternate Scimatics Milestones and Humanities, at least until they start being joined.

First, the Driving Question(s)

What is the historical significance of your explorer? (Guess which subject this is for? You got it, Humanities)

How do cells and diseases interact? (Yup, and this is for Scimatics.)

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Taaaaaa daaAAA! *Flush* Don’t worry, I’m not in the bathroom. The object I designed for the Ultimate Design Challenge (or UDC) was a toilet. Specifically a toilet for an airplane. Have you every been in one? They are extremely unpleasant. Me and my group, Ryan and Amy, decided to each design different parts of the toilet. Ryan = the outer walls, Amy = a tray sink. The theme of this project was designing objects for either maximum surface area, or maximum volume. More on this later. My favourite part of this project was designing the object/toilet. At the start, I really struggled with it, but then I got the hang of TinkerCad (the 3D design program.) At the end of the project we had to make a Keynote detailing all the calculations and formulas.

  • What it looked like
  • Surface Area to Volume ratio
  • My calculations
  • To much Surface Area!!!


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Mazer Tag

Hello everybody! It’s that wonderful time again where I am done (almost in this case) a project! But what project have I been doing? Well, as you might have guessed from the title, it’s called Mazer tag. But now I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the basics. The goal of this project was/is to understand Pythagorean’s theorem and the laws of reflection. Well, here’s a sneak peak at the end result.

This is the version without the lasers turned on.

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Tectonic Plates… What Are They?

So you might already know but I am in PLP (performance learning program). In PLP there is one class that is a combination of math and science: scimatics. In scimatics we just had to write a book about tectonic plates. I learned lots of things including what they are, how they move and why we know about them.

During scimatics we just had to right a book on tectonic plates. So here are the basics. What is a tectonic plate? Tectonic plates are huge plates covering the earth in the crust made of rock. They move on top of the mantle using convection currents. Convection currents are when hot things rise (because they are less dense) and cold things sink (because they are more dense). This creates a circle like motion that moves tectonic plates very slowly over billions of years together and apart.

All this is very great except that I didn’t know all this when I started. So  I had to learn! In class we did a lot of reading textbooks and now I know some more. I asked some questions in a mind map at the start of this project and now I am going to answer them with my new knowledge.

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