This year, we used the L21 Wheel and basically this wheel has all the components that the school uses to evaluate us, in terms of individual growth; but this wheel also helps us to identify our strengths and weaknesses. And this is exactly the case because today I will be presenting an overview of my time in Eighth-grade academically-speaking of course, but even though we’re looking on my stay in Eighth-grade we will still be specifically focusing on the second trimester for most subjects.
L21 Skill: Leadership and Responsibility
L21 Skill: Innovation and Creativity
L21 Skill: Critical Thinking
I chose this project because my group members and I was interested in the choreography and the group of the song that we chose. My team members were Christina, Zoe, and Sarah.
During the mentoring times that we were given, we learned our choreography and practiced multiple times. For one day, we practiced our dance and made sure we knew what we were doing. After clarifying our dance number, we practiced many times until we memorized the dance very well.
Since our project was to learn the choreography and perform it, we made many changes the the dance as well since there was a move that we couldn’t do. In the choreography, the three of us had to hold one of our member up after she jumping up to us. We tried many times but it was still very hard since we couldn’t carry the weight of her jumping up. After that we tried to carry her up from the floor. We were able to do so but it was only successful some of the times. The music timing was also not enough for us to carry her up and even though we tried many times meeting up ourselves, we still weren’t able to use the move. Therefore, we changed the move into the member leaning back and free falling then us three would push and bounce her back up.
The reason why I chose dancing for my One Day Project is because I want to practice and receive feedback to improve my dancing. I also wanted to express my interests. Choosing dance as my One Day project also allows me to practice in front of an an audience, which we’re rarely able to do. We chose a dance, in which already knew the cheorography well. This saved us time from making or learning a new dance. Our group had to redo the formations of the dance, as we did not have enough people in our team. The process had some ups and downs, but it all came together in the end.
We didn’t exactly follow the storyboard that we created. However, the video turned out nicely. Near the end, we decided to perform live, because of other teachers and student’s opinions. One Day seemed so short, and we had to rush the editing process because we did not record enough scenes for the video at different locations.
I’m proud off how much we’ve accomplished today. I achieved my original goal of improving my dance skills, and I’m sure that my two other group members also achieved this goal. One thing we should do differently next time is to record all the scenes before One Day. I thought the day would give us more than enough time to edit the video, so we could also record the scenes that we were missing. However, I overestimated the amount of time we had, therefore putting all of us into a rush to complete the video. Right after our rehearsal/practice for our dance, we were told by others that we should perform live instead of presenting the video. We kept everything last-minute and next time I wish to not procrastinate too much. The last day was very stress-worthy, as Ada called in last-minute and told us that she was sick and could not attend to the performance.
Rollar coaster design
Goal: I want to build a fast and durable car. I will make a strong car by sticking the axle on the car. And I will make a car that has medium weight and small in size, so I will have a lot of gravitational energy and reduce the amount of friction
1st paragraph Design process and how you built your car
The car will be small and medium weight
I made a car that was made by plastic. It is kind of like an F1.
I added a few pieces of wood
I added a water bottle
I fixed it and added something new while taking out the water bottle
2nd paragraph problems and challenges
The car was too light and it can’t get over the ramp.
Because of the butterfly effect, how I can’t redo the exact run, this causes me to not be able to go over the ramp again
My car was destroyed
3rd paragraph how would you improve your design
I will add more weight since Ke=m x v squared/2
Skiing in NanShan was really fun!
We made a parody Olympic TV show in NanShan. But the file is too big so I can’t upload it 🙁
We had fun in there, but it was kind of dangerous too.
Petunia(AKA Jasmine) was about to die because she fell off the lift earlier than she was supposed to be. It would be safer if we had an adult guide or lead us.
But it was still fun! It would be more fun if we had more time 🙂
Today I made a big ninja star. I made a paper template using a compass, a very big piece of paper, and scissors. I learned how to use a compass to make circles and make same curves for my blades. Then I cut it out and took a big piece of clay and started to make it into a cube and finally a steak shape with a slight slope. I put it into the slab roller and got a slab and cut it into the ring in the middle of the ninja star and smoothed it the best I can. then I repeated the process until I had the other three blades and used the slip and score technique to stick the blades on the ring and glazed the whole the whole thing. If I redo this I will change the design of the blades and add small blades in between the big ones. But the whole process was smooth, without big problems.