Today was thin all day for modifying our rocket. At the end of class, we did a final run between all the water rockets in our class! First, we labeled each of our wings 1-4 so that we can determine which wings act as the best angle for the launchpad during flight as placing the rocky different wings causes the shooting angle to be different. In the end, we settled with wings 3 and 4. We also needed to find a suitable launchpad for our rocket. We used the ground lamp for all of our runs before, but we thought that there may be something even better. We tried a variety of launch pads:

But we ended up with a tray of gravel and sand. The tray was the perfect height for our rocket!

For the final fly for all the rockets, our rocket didn’t do as well because the fist two times, it crashed into the tree, but the third time it was okay though it definitely could’ve went further. One way our rocket could’ve definitely went further was to prevent it from going sideways, to achieve more straight distance.


Today, we spent most of class testing and modifying our rocket. As we finished our model last class, we were able to have plenty of time to do test runs. However, the first problem we ran into was that last class, we didn’t take off the pump head that we spent a lot time shoving a new one into the tiny holes of our cork! We tried to find the pump we used last time, but it didn’t work. In the end, we just found another pump head and shoved it in. But it was still great because we were the first ones out there! Though, we had many unsuccessful runs due to the environment:


Due to my clumsiness:

And due to our rocket’s making and positioning:

We had one final satisfying run at the end:

This one was very successful, but it lost a wing during the flight. To resolve that, we re-glued the wings and taped them. Due to the dew and water on the grass where we did our test runs, the cardboard wings also became soggy, soft and wobbly, so we added glue globs at the tips to prevent the water from softening the cardboard.


Our final model!

Next class, we hope to identify how we need to position the bottle to achieve its best distance, as well as minimizing the turn after it flies.






Today we finished the construction of our water rocket. We attached the cardboard wings we made last class onto the rocket and made a round nose cone by flipping the base of a plastic water bottle inside out. At that moment, we realized that the cork did not fit into the opening of our water bottle! Mr. Tebo helped us out and found a smaller cork that happened to fit perfectly. We managed to make the tiny hole big enough to stuff in a air pump head, but the problem was that there was another hole on the cork that would allow the air to seep out. Combining Mr. Tebo’s idea of the wooden pegs and ours of the glue gun, we sealed the hole on the cork.


After resolving the issue with the cork, we conducted our swing test. This is where we connect the opening of the bottle to a string and swing it around. If the bottle doesn’t wobble, that means that the wings served its purpose and made the bottle stable (during flight).


Doing the swing test in the hallway

Our bottle successfully passed the swing test. Towards the end of class, we were able to run a few trial runs in the courtyard. Two tries went into the trees, and one try failed because the cork wasn’t plugged in properly. The final try succeeded, but didn’t go as far as the first one that ran into the tree branches could’ve (according to the parabola).

First run

Third run

Fourth run




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Today we began the construction of our water rocket. We ran into some trouble at first because our Sprite bottle was with another friend so we had to find him to get it back. After drinking the Sprite and cleaning the bottle, we began to design the wings for the bottle. According to our research, the wings act as a stabilizer for the bottle during flight to achieve maximum distance. We cut the wings out of cardboard because it will be easy to glue to the bottle and isn’t very heavy.We didn’t have time to glue the wings on today, so next class e will glue them and hopefully begin our testing.

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Today we kicked off the beginning of our water rocket construction project with a class to do research and designing. I was in charge of researching ideas that are already out there on the Internet and putting them into our group ePad.

Our group ePad where we can add work anytime we want, regardless of whether the other partner is online or not.

Our group ePad where we can add work anytime we want, regardless of whether the other partner is online or not.

These are only ideas for a “typical” water rocket. We will probably make changes and add our own ideas in addition to these ideas. In a sense, this is like a set of “guidelines” that we can follow while making our project. While I was gathering information, my partner, Stephanie, worked on the design on Photoshop using her tablet.


Next class, we will bring materials to hopefully begin our construction.

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The Spice Trade was critical to the Eurasian World as it provided a way of communication between the two regions. Economics and geography were crucial to the prices and expansion of spices. Middlemen were a crucial aspect in monopolizing the economics of spice trade. As the demand for spices grew in Europe, the prices increased massively. One of the main factors of the rise of prices were the middlemen. The middlemen were the merchants that passed down the product down the route, as one merchant can’t travel the entire way. Just like any other merchant, the middlemen wanted to earn money when they pass down the spices, so they raise the price up a notch every time the product was sold to another merchant. By the time it ends up in the consumers hands, the price will have raised up to an incredible amount. For example, in “Spice It Up”, it explained that “Arab traders sold their cargoes of these precious goods to Italian shippers, who, in turn, sold them to people in European towns and cities. Other merchants, in addition to Arab traders, such as Indian, Chinese, and Malay, were actively trading as well. Each time these goods changed hands, their price increased” (Spice It Up 2). The raising of the price of spices was a crucial part of what happened afterwards in the Spice Trade.


Geography influenced sea travel, making it an even more practical way of trade. In a Crash Course video by John Green, he explained that the patterns of the monsoon winds in the Indian Ocean were crucial to the development of trade. The patterns of the winds, discovered by a Greek merchant, helped safer and quicker trade. After grasping the patterns of the monsoon winds, the merchants would ride the winds across the ocean, and back, as shown in the map above. In the map, the arrows show the direction of the winds during different times of the year. The winds helped spice trade become less risky and more efficient, bringing the spices, to and fro, quicker and safer. Even more, the geography of the trade route affected the entire Spice Trade significantly. The Spice Route, also known as the Maritime Routes, went through the Indian Ocean. “…the Europeans did not have the maritime technology, skills, and knowledge needed to participate in these oceanic ventures in the early fifteenth century” (Spice It Up 11). At that time, the Europeans didn’t have the skills to navigate the oceans; therefore, they couldn’t go to the Spice Island themselves. Therefore, the sea merchants were able to control spice trade, and how they traded. However, “Europeans borrowed basic maritime technology, such as the compass and stern-post rudder from China, the Arab lateen sail, and Muslim charts and maps” (Spice It Up 12). After gathering necessary maritime knowledge, the Europeans could go to the  Spice Islands themselves, wage war, decrease prices, etc. The Social Studies subjects significantly contributed to the Spice Trade, linking the two continents and carving the Eurasian world today.


“Crash Course: World History – Episode 09: The Silk Road and Ancient Trade.” N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2015.

“History of the Indian Ocean Videos.” Snipview. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2015.
 All, World History For Us, and Big Era 6 – Panorama Unit. Why This Unit?(n.d.): n. pag. Web.

Woo hoo…… After I thought that I’ve FINALLY escaped the horror of blog posts, here comes another one. So look forward to the new 9TH GRADE BLOG POST.


Gaaaahhhh! How are you supposed to survive 8th grade?! What do the teachers expect of you?! What should you do?! In this video, all your worries will be solved (hopefully I won’t add on to your panic load). So yeah. Hopefully this will help!

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Once again, a really deep poem. This poem is an extended metaphor of life. Oh, and it’s also an ekphrastic poem. I wrote it based on a painting in Ms. Patty’s room.

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Walking down that mile long road,

Towards the mountains,

Towards the sky.

Until the very end,

Of the journey of life and time.


Soaring over that endless road,

Watching the time pass by.

Until the very place,

Where fingers can touch the sky.


This road that’s being walked on,

Has been walked by before.

Towards the mountains,

Towards the sky,

To the other shore.

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Otherwise, you’ll get murdered by the Angel Collector that has button eyes, a talking fire as a pet and cancer.


So here’s the list.

1. The Angel Collector by Bali Rai ****

Girls have been disappearing recently. But that’s not the point. They all look the same. Blond hair, blue eyes, thick lips. Soon, Jit’s girlfriend, Sophie, also vanishes. Who is the culprit behind the mysterious disappearances? With the help of Sophie’s father, Jit is on a quest to find out.

With the hints and clues given throughout the story, the mystery intensifies. However, the culprit behind all of this was a true surprise…

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel’s life was decided upon diagnosis. She was going to die. Her life was only prolonged a few years because of the tumor-shrinking miracle. But when Augustus Waters shows up at Support Group one day, it changes Hazel’s life.

I loved it, and you’ll like it too. Wonderful plot twist. Yet, a tragedy.

3. 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison

If you like fairies, you’ll like this book. Though if you don’t, you’ll still like it. Tanya, has the ability to see and hear fairies (also known as the “second sight”). However, when she temporarily lives with her grandma during summer vacation, she discovers a secret, and a mystery. With the help of Fabian and Red (another girl with the “second sight”, they venture into the woods to solve the mystery of the girl that went missing 50 years ago.

4. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

It’s kind of self explanatory. It’s about a moving castle. And Howl (a very powerful wizard that looks like a girl). And Sophie, a teenage girl that gets turned into an old lady by some evil witch. So dive into the adventures of Howl and Sophie, to discover Howl’s bond with Calcifer (talking fire). If you like this book (trust me, you will), try watching the movie too. 🙂

5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Imagine this. One day, you unlock a door, that leads to another world. Everything is the same except that the world is more interesting and: your parents have button eyes. You go back to your own world and you find that your parents are missing. They were captured by your “other mother”. You must go back to the other world behind the door to save your parents.

This is a story full of adventure, and horror. Good luck surviving the “other world”.

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