Because our first rocket design turned out so badly, and because we were short on bottles with better quality plastic, we decided to change our design to one where only one bottle was needed. It would be easier to control leakage, we thought, so our new design featured one bottle, a nose cone, and four fins.

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This worked out much better than the previous. Although it didn’t fly the best (we believe this may have had something to do with the shape of the bottle or fins), it still worked, and we were pleased enough with that result.

With a few changes, i.e., cutting the fins down to size, wrapping the nose cone in tape so that it would be more resistant, the bottle did much better than our first model.

The first few times the flight was a little lackluster–however, we soon figured out that it was because the angle that the bottle was launched at was too low, and didn’t maximize its arc of travel.

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While this wasn’t captured on camera, the final test flight turned out well enough–it didn’t get the furthest, but it went a good several meters, and it flew straight.

Today, we finished making our model of the water rocket. Here is part of the process of making it, where we used hot glue to stick the fins onto the bottle itself:

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We took two bottles, cutting the bottom off each end so that we could fit them together to create a longer water rocket that was a bit more aerodynamic.

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However, we soon ran into some difficulties. The plastic the bottle was made of was very weak, and melted whenever we used the hot glue gun. The shape was awkward and a little crooked, which probably would’ve meant that it wouldn’t have flown properly.

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That is, if it wasn’t leaking. Because the glue at melted through the plastic before it could harden, this created several leaks that allowed air to escape. Here is a video of an attempt at launching it, rendered useless due to the leaks.

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However, even though the turnout wasn’t great, we now had a better idea of how to make the rocket–including but not limited to: adding more glue to the fins so that they wouldn’t all off, using one bottle so that there was less risk of leakage, and keeping the use of tape to a minimum, etc. etc.

I was absent, but there wasn’t much progress during that class–all that happened was that the design was neatened up and a few mistakes (with the tape and such) were fixed.

At first, we had tried to focus on the making of the bottom of the rocket, which meant that we would have to measure out three different ‘fins’. However, we soon ran into problems as we couldn’t properly measure out find that worked, so we decided to make the top of the rocket instead.

We’ve always heard so many stories of those in the Mob—the Mafia. It’s an exciting life, I like to think, but also filled with countless restrictions, many of which we explore in our interpretation of the scene we chose from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Our group’s own curiosity sparked our interest in the topic, and as a result, we ended up discarding our original idea for a much more—in our opinion—favorable and interesting theme, much of which we based off of The Godfather—but not all.

And so… Mafia Madness was born.

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March 21

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We went to the flower market to buy mint and soils. We bought one pot of mint, a bag of soil, and two plots for out mint.

April 6

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We took the mint out of its pot and decided to transfer it into our own plot after filling it with our own soil. We kept the mint with a bit of its original soil seeing as it was growing pretty well. We kept it watered.

April 12

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The mint died, because we left it during spring break and it wasn’t watered. We were very disappointed.

April 14

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Mr. King bought us a new mint plant, and this time we decided to split them in a more even way.

April 18

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We also took a sprig and left it in water to let it grow.

April 20

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As it turned out, the one left in water survived and grew much more than the mint we transferred into the soil.

April 22

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Only one mint appeared to grow, but it was growing well, even if our watering schedule was a little erratic.

April 26

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The mint continued to grow, and we watered it as per usual.

April 28

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It grew even more, and smaller sprigs started to sprout from the sides.

May 4

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The smaller sprigs died/wilted so we removed them.

May 6 (Absent)

May 10

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We transferred the mint to an outside plot, where we hope the natural light might treat it better, so it can grow faster and better.

 

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The Student’s Anthology… continued. Because Stephanie and I had enjoyed this project so much the previous time, we decided to expand upon it with more poetry, short stories, and others. Using this to connect to the English Common Core Standards I focused—again—upon the language and writing aspect of the common core. Most of my pieces were written with this standard in mind: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

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When I first spotted this assignment, I had scoffed to myself and told myself, “there is absolutely no way I could have anything in common with a fictional character created literally hundreds of years before my birth”.

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In this monologue, the character Max, from Markus Zusak’s novel, ‘The Book Thief’, is attempting to persuade Hitler into coming down to 33 Himmel Street, in the Huberman’s basement, and fight him. This monologue is supposed to take place during the period of time Max had been in the Huberman’s basement, and the reason he’s trying to convince Hitler to fight him, and not end the war, is because throughout the entire novel, Max has never once said ‘I want the war to end’. He only ever expresses interesting in fighting Hitler, which is exactly what this monologue ‘brings to life’, or so to speak.

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Farm Field Trip

March 16, 2016

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These are a few photos I took when we went to the farm. The first several pictures are pictures of the green houses, where they grew many plants, a few of which included: tomatoes, chive, and more. There was also a hydroponics system (the last picture), and what I believe is an aquaponics system, which utilized the waste of fish to fertilize the plants. We were told to build an aquaponics system based off of numbered pipes, and we were to assemble the system by ourselves with the help of the workers. It went relatively well, and was interesting to know the process about how the system would be built.