Laser Laws Reflection Post

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Alright, My first Scimatics  quarter has been very fun thanks to Mr Gross, friends, and just what we do for the subject. We’ve gotten to do so many fun experiments, worksheets, and a few tests along the way which were a little road blocker but weren’t impossible to do. Math is one of my strong point and can actually a bit fun sometimes thats why some worksheets were fun. Science I could say the same but that just makes it that much more fun to learn. The science worksheets were my least favourite part by a whole lot because you have to read a textbook that takes half an hour plus then do a worksheet that takes hours on some stuff that just makes no sense and a bit that does but you don’t learn much. More about that kind of stuff later. Ill break this text up into a few parts like milestones, things I liked about this quarter, things I disliked, and a few pictures of assignments and projects.

Milestones and tests

First of all there were the milestones, oh the milestones. They are always a big part of every PLP project and they can range from being kinda fun to straight paragraphs that take a while to write and are on the not so fun side of school. But for this laser laws project we had our first test which was on a moderately easy topic but took so long to complete the first time. I took a break and learned the concept a bit more but then I aced it a bit after. The Pythagorean theorym was very complicated at first, most of the class had no idea what we were learning but eventually we figured it out just like the test. It looked a little bit like this but trust me its a lot  more complicated than it looks.

About the laser laws project and previous projects

We had a few other milestones including stuff like the project start mind map which was fairly easy but included a lot of information and learning material. Then everything started to get more or less related to the final project the laser display. It was probably the biggest project out of the three that we did including the fractions of your time at the start which was very math related. Short and sweet. Then we had the tectonic changes project that was a quite, interesting project to say the least. We did lots of programming then lots of physical stuff while building the game board. Then we have the laser laws project which took a lot of worksheets and practice to get the concept, but in my opinion it was the most interesting one out of the bunch. I’m not going to add too many photos like the big mind map of what I’ve learned the proof is in the pudding for this one in all of the worksheets and milestones I’ve done. If you want to see any of them shoot me a text and i will be glad to show you I just don’t want to make this post too long. Learning about the law of reflection was fun with all of the protractors and stuff. What we had to do for the final project was make a laser triangle  that used a few mirrors and a laser pointer to make a triangle. I see why we did it because it uses the law of reflection and you can use the Pythagorean theorym on it. I have a few pictures that I will put at the end of our groups triangle which may have ended up in a double triangle but it still looked sick and sort of worked. Ill leave a few pictures at the end of the post.

Curricular Competencies

Questioning and predicting: I think i did decently well in this competency.Throughout this project I’ve found so many things that I had no idea about and asked so many questions to help me understand the concept of what I was doing. Like I’ve mentioned earlier in this text I’ve been very curious about many things including a the Pythagorean theorym. Some classmates already knew about it so it became more of a personal interest. I had to work by myself to solve that problem by figuring out that topic. The second competency is Communication and Representation. Ive tried to be as open as possible to my teacher and parents if I didn’t know something and most of the time gotten the answer. Guess all you have to do is communicate and all your problems will be solved. Ive also tried to show my learning and represent my knowledge all into the final project. Some of it went well and some, well, didn’t as much. The last one is Applying and innovating. Ive definitely helped build the final model but my laser triangle design did not go as well. I tried to be unique and do a double triangle but it defeated the whole purpose. But after all I did work together with my team to apply our deigns and create a final model. This project has been very fun and so has scimatics in general, cant wait to do this again in quarter 4.  

Tectonic Changes Reflection Post

Tectonic Changes Project Review

This has been a crazy few weeks… In a good way. We’ve learned so much about tectonic plates and how they link to so many other things. I though this project was going to be another boring science related project but we learned how the earth works it a cool way. Building the board game was a great way to learn all of these concepts and have some fun at the same time. I will talk about this much more through this post in different places this was just an overview. Ill talk about the curricular competencies, evidence of my learning, and much more. 

As you can see I started from scratch so I learned a lot throughout this project. There was nothing in the what Mr Gross taught us at the time that I wrote that that was a little edit i did after the project. For the first couple days of learning about this I had no idea what was going on or what we were actually learning about, to be honest I was a little nervous. On that third day everything just clicked and I was ready for a few weeks of some nice learning. little did I know how much work it was going to be. After that it was just paragraph after paragraph of textbook reading and questions so that was a bit boring but very informational. I was so glad that we were going to make a board game using all of these concepts, it just made everything more exiting. As we went through more and more thing started to all make sense and trust me, we had a lot going on. We started to build the board game after making some game ideas with the stuff that we’ve learned. My partner was not there for many of the building days so I had to start myself but then she showed up randomly with a game ready, so we merged our two ideas and made one big great final game. It was another little challenge trying to to that. Game day was really fun because it took stress off of everyones shoulders and it was fun playing the game itself. That takes me to here reviewing the project, happier than ever that I got it done. Ive learned a lot like i said by listening in class, workbook pages, tests and much more. Some evidence of my learning is this mind map I made of what everything we focused about is.

I’m going to write a little bit about how I followed the curricular competencies. Number one is pretty straight forward because it is using class time efficiently and I did that well especially because I was on my own. I had to work two times as hard to get the project done if I wanted to get a good grade so I was focused most of the time until she showed up with a game, and then it was a bit slower trying to think of ideas. Number two is Demonstrating an understanding and appreciation of evidence. In this category I got extending because everything I learned was put into the game one way or another and the evidence is in the game itself and the web above. That just proves I listened during class. I did well in questioning and predicting as well because how you show that and how you get your accomplished grade is using your class time efficiently. I Also was open to the teacher with the partner situation so i just wanna put that out there in case thats part of this competency. Understanding and solving I was good at but not as good as I hoped to be. I showed a complete understanding of this topic but I was not the best at solving which was calculating a probability of a combination of events. Always room for improvement though. That’s it for this blog post if you are wondering about anything reach out to me with my Seycove email which is xanderg@seycove.ca Thanks for reading.

The Medium Is The Message Final Reflection

Hi everyone, I’m just going to write a little reflection on what we did in the Medium is the Message project. This project was really fun because we learned a lot about advertising, but lots of work comes with learning. This time it was good work and actually really informational about the topic. I actually learned a lot in the milestones that we did and now I’m kinda a advertising pro. Me and a couple others worked together in a group to create a advertisement for a candy store in deep cove, that was pretty fun. Getting to the serious stuff, there’s a simple answer to the main question how does what we hear, read and see influence us. A good example of it is just reading an interesting text that’s powerful and getting affected by it in a positive way. It stays on our mind and we change a bit from it like what happened in Larry. I talked a bit about this in my previous blog post but it’s basically about how The book The gospel according to Larry simply answers out driving question.

You can see that I learned to write texts a bit better in milestone 5. In that paragraph I went deep into why the medium is the message and you can see how I supported my thoughts on it with quotes from a different text. I learned a lot about advertising in some stepping stones and a couple of our guests. On my blog it shows how my ads got better because you can see my first ad drafts and how they progress from feedback and advice from pros and the business itself, and where it ended up in my last post. I’m happy and proud of it because I think it turned out well after I took the professional feedback and put it into the ad. Coming into this project my first couple assignments were the cloud or the cloud with the sun. I didn’t know what I was doing half the time and it showed. Its great that we get to revise and show that we actually understand what we are doing, and it gives us a better grade like the sun or the rainbow. When revising I learned to support ideas, focus on the message more, and really learn stuff. Overall I’m happy with this project and cant wait what Scimatics has in store for us, and I hope your exited too.

The Medium is The Message Project Path Reflection

Hi everyone I’m going to write a reflection on the project path. I’m going to spit this up into a couple sections for each part of the path like launch, building knowledge, develop and critique, and then present and reflect. I’m going to make this short and sweet so I don’t have to keep you here too long but I will make sure to get all the info needed. The project path is a great way to learn and I’ve been liking it so far, ill tell you why.

Launch is a very important part of the path because this is basically where you learn about the project, what you have to do, and how you do it. Its kinda like the rubric of the project. This is where you get all of the information you need to know. Its great because it introduces you to the big project your going to be working on for the next while, and its normally in a positive cool way so you get hooked. I missed the first three days of the medium is the message project and I didn’t know what I was doing for the next couple days so that just shows how important it is. I’m so grateful 

Building Knowledge is definitely the most informational part of the project path in my opinion it literally says it in name. Its where you learn all about things that relate to the project and about what you have to do in general. You learn about the topic and slowly piece together your work. During this phase is where you have the most homework out of the four but doing that work will improve your grade and the quality of the final product. Its the most stressful part because we have a lot of work to do in so little time and its not much like PLP.

The Develop and Critique part is definitely my favourite part because you have your almost final draft and it just gets better during this phase. You get friendly feedback that is very helpful and you don’t feel like people are just saying its bad. You can edit little pieces of the ad like the font up top, different photo layout and stuff like that. This part of the process it not too hard because all it is is just making little edits to work that you have already finished and this part also feels the best because you know that you’ve created something great. It definitely makes you way more confident with your work once you’ve edited it with your critique. And the great thing is it usually ups your grade so I cant complain I’m pretty happy.

The Present and Reflect stage has me all over the place with thoughts. It’s definitely the most nerve racking part because you have to talk in front of lots of people that might not like your work. But the thing is you feel very good after you present, all the weight is off your shoulders and you just know your done. I took my ad, opened it, flipped my iPad around and told my group a little bit about it. Its a good thing that your only presenting in front of a couple people like we did for the user manual project it takes some pressure away. I will leave my advertisement drafts and final product and put it down below. Its also good to reflect on it to remember how fun the project actually was if you liked it. Its the review of what you did for the past couple weeks.

Right there I explained what you do in each stage of the project path and how I feel about each part. I’m going to review it and explain why I think this is the best way to learn. So I agree with the PLP teachers that this is a great way to learn because I get why every stage is how it is. I absolutely love the launch phase because without it you would not know anything about the thing your learning about. Its an introduction and thats why its first. Then you learn about that thing so your building knowledge. You take what you know and create a draft then you get some feedback on it during the develop and critique. Once you have your masterpiece made from everything leading up to this point and share it to a couple people at first then the world. You get to reflect on it which is always good. As a I said its a very good way to learn and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I know why the teachers like it so much now. I was just okay with it before but now that i reflect on it its pretty amazing. I’m happy that in in PLP now that I look at how we learn its great. So as you can see I like it quite a bit and agree with the teachers. That’s my reflection on the project path. Ive put our groups final drafts after business critique just down below. My Individual drafts are on another post so you can check those out if you want. Our very final ad that is going to get published is still yet to come because we need some feedback from a pro advertiser. I will make sure to make a post about the final product and a reflection on it.

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