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A Final MS blog post on… Books



This summer, my goal is to find all the books in the series The Mortal Instruments, and read them. So far I have only read the first book, City of Bones. Another goal I have is to maybe start reading the Harry Potter series, well at least finish the first book. Finally, my final reading goal would be to find an interesting book that would do really well for my next reading response in high school.

A Walk Around China


The magazine above, is a magazine that is meant to express our knowledge of China as well as our writing skills. I really enjoyed making this magazine, partially because we were able to visit the ethnic park and stay in Ping Yao for three days. The process of making this magazine included a myriad of exciting opportunities to see more of China. Creating this magazine not only was fun, but it taught me some concepts and enabled me to appreciate China more. To make this magazine, my group and I had to cooperate with each other well and work efficiently. I was able to grow more in cooperation and be able to know how to work efficiently with my group mates. In addition to this, my tech skills improved and I learned a lot about the process of making a magazine. Finally, most importantly, I was able to see China in a different perspective, which enabled me to see China to its true worth.

Polymer Project Journal Entry #4


Our polymer project is coming to an end, and now when I think about the project, I realized we did a pretty good job on our polymer. In my opinion, thinking of ideas and characteristics of our polymer was easy. My partners and I got along really well with each other, so we easily agreed on which characteristics we wanted our polymer to possess. The most difficult part of the engineering process was deciding on which ingredients to use and making the right polymer for our design goal. We had to agree on which ingredients we thought made the polymer better and which ingredients made the polymer worse. It took a while to figure out which ingredients to use and the amount we needed to use to make our polymer work. We mainly used trial and error to create our polymer into the product we wanted it to be like. I found it easier to get more work done when we all knew which role we were going to do in the engineering process. This way we made more progress on our polymer, and no one was fooling around and doing some other activity. Every time we failed in making our polymer, we ignored the disappointment and used the failures as improvements. After making our final prototype, my partners and I attempted to recreate our polymer so that we knew for sure the steps and all the ingredients. This was what led my group and me to such a successful polymer.


Reflecting back on my engineering process, I realized that our first prototype was far from our result. This was because we were thinking of the specific ingredients, and not about what the product would be like with all the ingredients in it. In the end we had to think about what affects the ingredients would have when they were combined. It was a lot of fun making the polymer with my partners. If I were supposed to evaluate the other teams’ polymers, I would evaluate how many of the planned characteristics the final polymer possessed. For example, if they planned their polymer to be stretchy, sticky, and easy to mold, and their final polymer was stretchy and sticky, I would give it a 4. Other than evaluating the amount of characteristics their polymer possessed, I would also evaluate on how well their polymer worked as their design goal. For example, if their polymer was meant to be a heat insulator, and their polymer wasn’t able to contain heat, I would give their polymer a 2 or 3 in that area. Doing the “Dream on” taught that even when some things seemed difficult to produce, when you focus and actually try, your result will be successful.

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A Postcard Made of Suspicious Events


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Above is a postcard that Audrey wrote and gave to her grandma, who lives in the moon. It is based on a description of Audrey’s Uncle Alex’s house in the book Echo Boy by Matt Haig. On the right, there is a visual example of how it would look like when Audrey looks out her window. I found the picture based on the description of the new advanced technology that the author mentioned in the book: “And yea sure, [Audrey] can watch 4-D footage of them. I could go into a pod and pretend to hug them… but I would be interacting with ghosts…and some people—so called ‘post-mortals’ have managed to extend their life far beyond its natural span, but they haven’t quite cured death ” (Haig 4). Through this quote, I can picture a world where the buildings and roads are built based with a new lifestyle and advanced technology. On the left, is a letter of what I imagined what Audrey would have written to her Grandma, based on the current events that had been happening in the book. The letter included her thoughts and feelings towards the events that she had experienced as she continued on towards the climax of the story.

In order to create this postcard I used pages to create the format of the postcard. As for the stamp, I simply searched online for a stamp from England, along with the picture beneath it.


Polymer Project Journal Entry #3


Today in class, my group and I were able to make our final product for our presentation. Our polymer finally met most of the characteristics we wanted our polymer to possess; however, it was a difficult process. Our first prototype was made up of water, borax glue, guar gum, and solid cornstarch. In result, our prototype came out hard and difficult to mold. It wouldn’t keep its shape when you molded it, and it wasn’t stretchy at all. We decided to add less borax and a few more drops of water. In our second prototype, the texture of our polymer was smoother; however, the stickiness and the stretchiness did not change. When we heated up the polymer, it would become softer, easier to mold, and a little stickier, but it wasn’t sticky enough. As we did our slime tests, we realized that we were using the wrong base polymer. Our polymer turned out to be bouncy and not sticky at all. After testing our first and second prototypes, my partners and I decided to change our base polymer to boogers. Our third prototype consisted of glue, liquid starch, solid cornstarch, guar gum, and water. This time our prototype came out sticky, and very stretchy. It was easy to mold; however, it couldn’t keep its shape that well. It would start stretching very quickly when we did the hang test. When we heated up our polymer, it became softer and stickier, and the heat would stay as long as we didn’t remove the polymer. Our final prototype was the same as our third prototype with a little bit of borax. In result, our prototype was just as stretchy and sticky as our third prototype; however, our final prototype was able to keep its shape. In conclusion, we were able to make our final product; however, we encountered many failures in order to achieve our envisioned polymer.


Below, are the ingredients that I used to make the prototypes:


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Polymer Project Journal Entry 2


Today in class, we were able to make prototypes of our polymer by using the recipes that we had thought of the class before. We decided to use gloop as our base and add other ingredients into the formula. Our first prototype consisted of using water, borax, PVA, guar gum, and solid cornstarch. We knew the qualities of the polymer gloop, and we thought adding other ingredients would help make the polymer fit the polymer we envisioned. By using the polymer basics sheet Ms. Cox gave us, my partners and I decided to add solid cornstarch and guar gum to add the other remaining characteristics we wanted our polymer to have. Our prototype already had PVA, one of the ingredients that would make the polymer more sticky and stretchy, two characteristics we wanted our polymer to have. We thought adding guar gum would be a good idea because guar gum added elastic properties; this way the polymer would have a rubbery feeling to it. After making our prototype we planned on testing our polymer’s stretchiness, stickiness, texture, ability to hold its shape, it’s resistant to extreme conditions and it’s resistant to extreme temperatures. We planned on using the slow and fast pulling slime test to test the stretchiness of the polymer. We were also planning to use the blob test to see how well our polymer would keep its shape after being molded. By testing the stickiness, we planned on sticking the polymer to our skins and using the timer to time how long it sticks. Since our product is meant to be a heat insulator, we decided to put the polymer in the microwave for around 30 seconds and see what would happen to the polymer. Our final test was to test whether the polymer would still work after being submerged in water, so we decided to put the polymer underwater for a couple of seconds and then see if there was any change. In conclusion, we will use the ingredients that we used for gloop along with a few more ingredients and test it’s stretchiness, stickiness, ability to hold it’s shape, and it’s resistant to extreme conditions and temperature.  Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 1.18.10 PM

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Words Mean More Than You Think


You would think that living in a world filled with advanced technology would be the perfect world to live in. Where robots are made to serve humans and everything that used to seem impossible is now possible. Matt Haig depicts what he imagines our world might be like in the future, a place where humans forget what makes them different from the Echos, robots designed to work for humans. In the book Echo Boy, Matt Haig uses certain vocabulary and description of the setting to set up this world of his in the mind of readers.


Creating a world that was years ahead our current generation is more difficult than you can imagine. It meant changing the style, language, and technology to adapt to the future generation Matt Haig had in his mind. From the 20th century to the 21st century, new words have been invented and new advanced technologies have been made. Throughout the book, certain sentences helped emphasize the differences between the world Matt Haig envisioned and our current world. In the first few pages, Audrey, the protagonist, talks about how she can meet her parents through 4D footage: “And yea sure, [Audrey] can watch 4-D footage of them. I could go into a pod and pretend to hug them… but I would be interacting with ghosts…and some people—so called ‘post-mortals’ have managed to extend their life far beyond its natural span, but they haven’t quite cured death ” (Haig 4). From this quote we can see that in this generation the technology has already improved by far and that the setting of this book should be a couple years from now. In the beginning of the book, Audrey mind-logs, “Every thing has changed. Literally everything. The only thing that remains true is that I am still me. That is, I am still a human called Audrey Castle” (1). From this quote, a grim tone had already been set. Clearly, Matt Haig’s future world is not the ideal world we may have been thinking of. In Audrey’s first mind-log, she mentions north England, where “ You couldn’t mind the rain if you lived in the north England, as three quarters of it was permanently underwater” (7). Here, the grim tone is emphasized even more. By using descriptions of the setting, Matt Haig portrays a pessimistic future generation and his opinion of where our current generation is heading.


Other than using descriptions of the setting, Matt Haig also used certain vocabulary to show how he envisions our future world. He invented new words so that the reader would be able to know the setting better as well as the tone. Certain new words were used to portray the new ideas that were invented, such as: “neuropads” (69), “nano-fibre” (61) or “snuggos” (108). There were also certain words that Matt Haig used to set a certain tone in that area of the story. For example, in the beginning of the book, Audrey contemplates about her parents’ death wondering whether it was grief that killed them or murder. In her mind-log she said, “but they haven’t cure death. Or grief. Or murder. And it was murder. I don’t doubt that anymore” (5). In this quote, the word “was” was italicized, setting a firm and a little bit enraged tone. By using this word, Matt Haig was able to display the character’s emotions towards this event so that the reader could easily comprehend it. However, later on in the quote it says: “I don’t doubt that anymore” (5). The word “don’t” reveals a more confident tone; it removes all the doubt that the character would have been feeling before. It is obvious that Matt Haig purposely chose those words to express the tone of the characters in the book so that the reader could connect with the characters better.


Our generation may not be heading towards the best path, and Matt Haig clearly expresses his opinions through his book, Echo Boy. By cleverly using specific words and descriptions of the setting, he was able to display his opinion towards this idea and the characters’ tone throughout the story. Thus allowing the reader to connect with the characters and delve deeper into the book too.

Polymer Journal Entry #1


Our goal is to design a polymer that can be used as a heat insulator, a synthetic polymer that can contain heat. My partners and I have thought of making a polymer that can be a warm pack for sore muscles and other sports injuries. The polymer is designed to help the blood circulate faster and provide comfort. It could also serve as a hot pack for the stomach if there was a stomachache, or as a warmer when it is cold. Our target market audience mainly focuses on athletes since they get sports injuries quite often; however, our polymer is for everyone. The polymer will be able to stick to anything, this way the athletes can just wrap it around their injury and not worry about it falling off. It needs to be able to stick even when there is sweat underneath or when the polymer is submerged in water. The polymer needs to be sticky, it can’t be too sticky or else it will become a sticky mess when they try to take it off. The polymer will also be able to keep its shape after being molded without melting or flattening out, this way it won’t need to be remolded after every few minutes. Our polymer should also have a smooth texture since it will be stuck onto people’s skins, this way it will be comfortable. We decided that our base would be gloop; since it keeps it’s form really well and is also sticky. However, our polymer needs to be able to contain heat, so we were planning on using solar power or a microwave to heat up the polymer. Our product also needs to be able to absorb enough of the sun/microwave’s heat, but not so that it can melt. Finally, our polymer should be able to be reused, this means, it shouldn’t dry out so easily. In conclusion, our product will be a reusable polymer that can contain heat and keep it’s shape despite the extreme conditions.Polymer Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 8.13.06 PMPolymerrrrScreen Shot 2016-04-18 at 8.30.00 PM

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A Nightmare to Remember


Surviving through the Cultural Revolution was a great achievement for me. I was 17 years old when the “abolish all four olds” campaign was launched. My name is Chiu Man Ching, it means clear sky and beautiful. Mother wanted me to grow up beautiful yet also wise, so when I would always make the right decisions. Both my mother and my father were peasants who worked in the fields as farmers, which is why I was living in China during the Cultural Revolution. Before the Cultural Revolution, I realized it could be an event worth keeping. Therefore, this journal was created.

It has been a few years since the Cultural Revolution has ended; Ning Lei and I have finally reunited. The Cultural Revolution will forever be known as the ten years of shame, every Chinese citizen has heard of it and considers it as a lesson learned. From the time period of the start of the revolution and the time after the revolution, a plethora of changes was made, yet some areas stayed the same. Previously a capitalist country, China was now a communist country, due to the “destroy all the four olds” campaign. Mao’s new revolutionary was meant to build China into a prosperous country; however, after the revolutionary, the economy had fallen and we could not go to a school with proper learning systems. Due to the fact that everyone had been going around denouncing people, the industrialization of China collapsed and China ran short of supplies. To make matters worst, I could not finish high school and go to college. We were called the lost generation because the Cultural Revolution had shut down schools, thus preventing the students to mature and learn. On the plus side, political and class status did not matter anymore, which meant no one was humiliating each other! In addition to this, China contacted America, ending our isolation from the rest of the world. Although Mao’s revolutionary thought was meant to help China, it only brought down China even more. China was still a poor country they had been before the Cultural Revolution. Capitalism may have been abolished, but China still had a politburo, where there was a group of executives who supported the leader’s ideas. I realized that although the Cultural Revolution had changed China in many areas, there would always be some part of China that will stay the same.

Comparing Texts in Style


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Above is a diagram about the similarities and differences of style between the two texts that I found; one was from The Red Scarf Girl, the other was from an article called “Smash the Four olds”. Although both texts are from two teenagers who support the new campaign of smashing the four olds, many different styles were found between the two texts. The article was written by the Red Guards, who were more formative and used higher vocabulary, the text sounded less like a teenager and more like a professor. On the other hand, the text from The Red Scarf Girl, written by a girl named Jiang Ji-li, was more casual and sounded more like a diary entry. Using the word “stank” and “evil” indicated the fact that the text was spoken more like a teenager, and someone who is less serious about the campaign. It is obvious that the two texts share many differences as well as similarities in style. Below are the texts that I used, in this multimedia post.


Red Scarf Girl: Our beloved Chairman Mao had started the Cultural Revolution in May. Every day since then on the radio we heard about the need to end the evil and pernicious influences of the “Four Olds”: Old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits. Chairman Mao told us we would never succeed at building a strong socialist country until we destroyed the “Four Olds” and established the “Four News.” The names of many shops stank of old culture, so the signs had to be smashed to make way for the coming of new ideas. (Jiang 21)


Article: The onrushing tide of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution is just now crashing down on the remnant strength of the bourgeoisie with the might of a thunderbolt, washing the old ideology, the old culture, the old customs, and the old habits of the bourgeoisie down the stream. Chairman Mao tells us, “In the last analysis, all the truth of Marxism can be summed up in one sentence. “To rebel is justified.” The present Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution must overthrow the old ideology, the old culture, the old customs, and the old habits; to rebel all out against the bourgeoisie is to completely smash the bourgeoisie, to establish the proletariat on a grand scale, to make the radiance of great Mao Zedong Thought illuminate the entire capital, the entire nation, the entire world…We must make great Mao ZeDong Thought shine out over the whole world; we must make our great fatherland revolutionary, militant, and radiant with Mao Zedong Thought; we must make a brand-new China appear in the world.

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