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Polymer Project: Day 2

April 8th

Creating Our Own Polymer

After testing for another class session, we have decided, to make a cup holder polymer. In our minds right now, this cup holder polymer is used to help people when they are on transportation. For example, if they are on the car, they can place their bottle on the polymer. I think we already have our polymer completed and ready to go but we might need to re-make the polymer one more time just to make sure we have the right materials and their amounts. Our first goal was to make something similar to blue-tag, but when we were trying to make the blue-tag, we somehow made another polymer. Which is also the one we decided to use because we thought it was actually pretty cool. Below are some photos we took of our polymer.

 

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Polymer Project: Day 1

March 30th

Creating Our Own Polymer

 

Could you believe it? My team has been hired by the Inventions and Innovations Company “Dream On” to design a polymer product that will have a real-world impact! Today we were split into groups of two and each group had to create their own special polymer. Except the problem for Matthew and me was, what are we going to make? This question got us thinking; we currently don’t actually have any ideas yet so we decided to research a little bit. After quite a while, we decided we wanted to make a polymer that could stick things together, almost like a blue tag. This polymer will help stick something to another thing, for example if you want to put a poster up on the wall, you can use this polymer to help you. We would have many different colors of the polymer we are creating because different people will use it for different things, and some people might like this color, and some people might like the other color. We have our idea ready, but how are we going to make it able to stick with other things? We actually had no idea so Matthew and I decided to do different tests. We got our lab coats and got to work. Matthew got a little of everything because we weren’t very sure what was needed. After adding some glue, borax, liquid starch, and some cornstarch, we created something very weird. I think we might have added too much glue because it was very sticky and disgusting. Before we could try again, time flew by too fast, class already ended. For day 1, we only got one trial done and it didn’t really work out. I think this polymer we are trying to make is a little difficult, if we still cannot get it next time, we might have to find another idea.

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Here is where I found my image.

The Journey of Polymers

Day 1
March 9th 

Oobleck

Today we first read the graphic novel by Dr Seuss called Bartholomew and the Oobleck, we read this book because we were going to this lab about Oobleck later on in the class. In this lab, we made an actual Oobleck, it was sort of white and very sticky. At first I didn’t like touching and rubbing it, but after a while it became harder like clay so it was better afterward. ‪We learnt that starch and water created another substance.

My questions are: What are polymers? Why are they called polymers? What are the types of polymers?

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Day 2
March 11th

Polymers Concept Map/Gloop

Today we shared our research about the questions we answered. We got to learn a lot more about Polymers after everyone shared their information that they collected. After sharing our information, we created a concept map with the App Inspiration. Lastly, we created Gloop. Gloop was another type of polymer, it was very bouncy and because of the food coloring, we all had different colors. I learned that polymers could vary in texture and properties. I also learned about their composition and monomers, their history, and where they can be found. Lastly, I began to understand more about polymers, what are polymers, Types of polymers etc.

My questions is: Are there different variety of polymers that are very similar as the Gloop?

Here is my concept map.

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Day 3
March 16 

Boogers, Super Slime, Review

Today we did a lab experiment about Boogers and Super Slime, the Boogers were very sticky and it was very weird touching it and rubbing it at first. But after touching it for a long time it wasn’t very sticky. Super slime just as said was very slimy; it was probably the best to touch out of all the different polymers we tested. I learned that the Super Slime was pretty actually slimy and the Boogers start out sticky but if we rub it a lot, it is no longer disgusting and sticky. Now if we look at the names, the names are actually very similar to how it feels because the Boogers actually looked like boogers and looked a little disgusting. While Super Slime was actually very slimy compared to the other polymers.

 My question is: Is the test going to be hard?

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Day 4
March 18

Test Day 

Today we took the unit test and it took us around the whole class period so that was all we did. I think I got most of my answers correct but I know I got like a few wrong answers after checking the notes myself. Since we only took the test, I don’t have any questions.

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Here is where I found my test image.

Here is where I found my Super Slime image.

Here is why I found my Dr. Seuss image.

Cultural Revolution Journal: Life as a Student

The period of the Cultural Revolution lasted from 1966 to 1977, China’s leader, Mao ZeDong, began the Revolution so he could gain his power back. During the Cultural Revolution, Mao told people to destroy the four olds and stopped school running in order to form the new China. Wang Wu was a high school student but then decided to join the Red Guards at the age of 15.

The Cultural Revolution effected China tremendously. Firstly, Mao destroying the Four olds stopped a great chance of developing the country, Mao wanted to change everything so he set the order to destroy the four olds and anything that was western. Another decision Mao made a mistake on was stopping schools from running and making students become a red guard. Citizens could have been very smart if Mao didn’t stop school from running, after schools were opened again after the revolution, most citizens didn’t have the money to afford school so most of the population was uneduacted. Then of course Mao has done positive things, the most positive long term effect of Mao was that women had more rights and gained more power. In May 1950, Mao created the new marriage law which made men and women more equal. These 4 topics were the most important long term effect that Mao had on China.

There are things that changed and still remained the same in the Cultural Revolution. The economy grew rapidly because there were more productions made. More things were opened for China and which made people look forward to the new things outside of China. Life quality became better for people. However the western influences including webpages, videos right now are still banned from China. The Chinese government still doesn’t let China have the ability to access the western influences because they are afraid China will turn into a democratic country.

Even though the Cultural Revolution had already ended in 1976, there are still places today around the world that are very similar to the Cultural Revolution period. Socialist Republic of Vietnam is very similar to the Chinese Cultural Revolution. One year ago, there were violence activities happened in Vietnam. The violence activities were very similar to what the Red Guards had done. Both places decided to use violence to solve their problems.

 

Here is where I created my presentation