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#WaiBYE: Climate Change Project

Media 1: Infographic

Infographic Page 1

Infographic Page 2

Media 2: Sticker

#WaiBYE event planner:

Event Planner

1. Now that it’s over, what are my first thoughts about this overall project? Are they mostly positive or negative? Be specific

At the start, I had mostly negative thoughts about this project, as I misunderstood the prompt and believed we were expected to actually hold an event or change a system. I believed this was too idealistic and was impossible for us to do in the span of a month. As time went on, as I understood the project, I grew to like it and even began looking forward to science class so I could work on it.

2. What were some of the most interesting discoveries I made while working on this project? About the problem? About myself?

Previously, I knew that global warming and climate change were problems we were facing in our world, but I didn’t know too much about the topics and assumed that what I, as an individual did would not harm or help the planet. However, after this project, I further understood why global warming was such a big problem, and how everyday actions contribute to the issue. I also realized that I had a big interest in the topic of environmental science, which actually urged me to change to ESS next year!

3. What were some of my most challenging moments and what made them so?

I think one of the most challenging moments during this project was trying to connect climate change to the topic of water pollution and marine deaths. I didn’t really understand the connection between the two topics, and it took a lot of research for me to realize that greenhouse gases in the environment (which causes climate change) is also one of the causes of water pollution.

4. What were some of my most powerful learning moments and what made them so?

My most powerful learning moment was when I learned that half of all marine life has died in the past 49 years. This really shocked me and actually motivated me to change my unsustainable habits.

5. What is the most important thing I learned personally?

I learned that my actions can actually make a difference. If everyone in my science class stops ordering Waimai, that’s 40 less plastic boxes that need to be produced per week (assuming we each order Waimai twice a week), and more than 2000 boxes that need to be produced per year. If we all take action and do small things like stop order Waimai or start carpooling more often, we can help improve the environment.

6. What most got in the way of my progress, if anything?

I tend to procrastinate quite a lot, so I did not do as much work as I would’ve liked, and had to finish both my medias and the event planner in around a week and a half.

7. If in a team, how well did I and my team communicate overall?

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8. What did I learn were my greatest strengths? My biggest areas for improvement?

I learned that my greatest strength is definitely the ability to focus finish a hard task in a short period of time if I’m on a very tight deadline. The biggest area for improvement is procrastination, as it caused a lot of issues and a lot of cramming later on.

9. What would I do differently if I were to approach the same problem again?

I would definitely start researching and doing work earlier on, to lessen the workload later on during the project.

10. What moments was I most proud of my efforts?

I was the most proud of myself when I finally finished my infographic, as I had been perfecting and changing it for a while. When I was finally happy with how it looked and the content it had, I felt a lot of relief and pride.

Impressive Improvement Practice Plan

It was quite hard for me to choose an aspect of playing the bass clarinet to work on, as there was a lot of room for improvement for all of the aspects like articulation, finger dexterity, rhythm, etc. However, while playing warm-ups like running fifths, I’ve noticed that my tongue gets really tired and clumsy easily, so I decided to work on my articulation.

I chose a pretty easy piece, consisting of a repetitive eighth note – sixteenth note – sixteenth note rhythm. Because this piece is so straightforward regarding rhythm and so on, it’ll be easier for me to focus on the aspect of articulation. I started off being able to play the piece correctly, but at a pretty slow pace, and throughout the month I hope to increase the speed in which I’m able to play it.

I chose multiple warm-up pieces that are similar in style to the piece I’m being tested on. Some of these pieces were designed for clarinet players (and not bass clarinet players), so I’ll be making adjustments to the pieces to fit my instrument and current level of playing. I will incorporate any or all of these pieces into my normal practice routine, meaning I’ll be practicing these pieces at least a few times each week. I will use a metronome to keep time, and as my skill level improves, the speed at which I’ll play will increase too.

Band Reflection: Aug. 13 to Aug. 31

The first three weeks of class were pretty much exactly how I imagined it. It took a few lessons for me to get used to playing the bass clarinet again. My jaws became tired really easily when I played repeated, fast rhythms, and my fingers don’t move as fast as it did at the end of last year, but I think a few more weeks will be enough for me to get used to these aspects of playing my instrument. Something I really want to work on this year is probably a better sense of rhythm when there’s a syncopated rhythm or a 7/8 time signature. I’m pretty prepared during class and always have my music, because I have a studyhall now and so I have a lot of time to print music out. I’ve started bringing my entire pencil case in the band room too. I really like this year’s band, and I’m glad we have another tuba and more percussionists, but it’s kind of sad that we only have one oboe now :(. Overall, I have a pretty good feeling about band this year!

PS: Mr. Long’s new glasses are very trendy and hip

 

Rain

It was November 13th, 1994. It was an especially gloomy afternoon. It were as if someone had put a black and white filter in the skies and on the streets. The sky was completely covered with clouds and not a ray of sunshine fell through. Rain was falling nonstop since that morning. The street itself was small and quiet, with the grey streets that seriously lacked noise, the small trees that appeared every ten meters down the road, and the month-old posters stuck to the walls and windows of shops on every corner. A few blocks down, there were rows and rows of two-story houses that had parts of paint peeling off of the walls. And just next to that was the public high school that’s been there since the 70s that everyone in the neighborhood went to.
She casually strolled down the road, stopping every now and then to admire the streets. There were less than a dozen people on the road, all rushing to find cover from the pouring rain. She didn’t understand that, though; she didn’t mind rain at all. Instead, she found it quite pleasant. The smooth, somewhat cold raindrops rolled down her skin, leaving a watery residue. She could hear the clattering as the rain fell on the ground, roof, and plants. And the smell. It’d be impossible to describe it. She believed petrichor was the word made just for the purpose of describing the scent. That, combined with the smell of the coffee shop a few meters away was just heavenly.
This was her hometown, where she lived for almost 17 years. She made memories here that were irreplaceable. She loved this place, and genuinely thought she would’ve lived here for the rest of her life. She truly missed her hometown and hoped she’d be able to stay for another couple of days, just so she’d be able to explore this place further and catch up with family and old friends. But, knowing that she would have to leave very soon, she turned around and left the neighborhood behind.

OneDay 2017: Making Viral DIYS

Our goal for OneDay is to try out and test DIYS we see on the internet.
I learned that whenever I do DIYS, I should leave some time at the end for cleanup, as we made a huge mess at the end of each project and spend a lot of time cleaning up. What went well was that our projects weren’t that bad, and we had enough footage, so our video ended up being both educational and interesting.

If I were to do this again, I would do some set-up beforehand, like taking the cotton out of the cosmetic puffs. Also, I would’ve probably had a tray to do all the DIYs on, so we would’ve made less of a mess, and it would’e been easier to clean up.

What happened was in the morning we set up our projects, but that took longer than imagined, as we didn’t think we’d need that much preparation. After half an hour, we started making the EOS contour and highlight, and that took until break. After break, we finished three of our DIYs (stress ball, lip scrub, slime). We made a huge mess — if we were more careful or had a tray of some sort, we might’ve started on our fifth DIY. After lunch, we made our galaxy jar, but that took a while as we didn’t have cotton balls and had to take out the cotton in cosmetic puffs. Finally, we filmed our introduction, conclusion, and us testing out DIYs.

Overall, I’d say this was a pretty successful OneDay, because even though we made a huge mess and didn’t get as far as we imagined, we did finish all our projects. It was also extremely fun.

The EOS contour and highlight credit goes out to Milana Coco who thought of the whole idea, and Natalies Outlet who tweaked the recipe to make it better. The slime credit goes to @slimetutorials101 on Instagram.

(our video refused to upload, so when it does, I’ll embed it into this blog post)

Personal Reflection – Semester 1

end-of-sem-reflection

Design Journal #4: Conclusion

img_9502During the Polymer Project, I’ve made a total of five prototypes, each with its own properties. The first one failed, because we combined gloop and superslime, but the two polymers don’t mix at all. The polymer ended up being bouncy, but it breaks extremely easily. The second one was bouncy. It didn’t stick to your hand, but on a flat surface, it would stay in shape. It broke easily, which wasn’t good, but it was reformable which was a major property our project needed. The third prototype was kind of reformable. and it didn’t stick to your fingers. However, it was not smooth at all, and extremely slimy. The texture ended up being very weird and uncomfortable to hold. The fourth was reformable, non-sticky, kind-of smooth and slimy, so it met all of our standards. It felt soft and squishy. The fifth prototype was reformable and didn’t stick to your finger, but it wasn’t that smooth and was quite slimy. The texture ended up being hard.

The best prototype for meeting our goal of making a bike grip softer and squishier was prototype 4. It was the most reformable, which means it will sink down if you press your fingers on it, but it will always bounce back to shape after a while. This is good because this means multiple people can use it at once. It wasn’t sticky, so when you remove your hands from the polymer, the polymer stays on the grip in one piece. It wasn’t completely smooth, but we realized none of the polymers were, so it didn’t matter that much. It also had a very nice texture – not too slimy or sticky, which made it very easy to squish and grip.

What I learned during this project was to use time more effectively, and rather then using the same recipe over and over again, only changing one tiny detail, I should’ve varied my ingredients more. This would’ve let me know what each type of polymer I designed did, and it would take a shorter time to design an actual polymer that fitted our needs. This would’ve saved our time by a lot. Thankfully, I learned to be braver and change more things in about the middle of the project, so I didn’t waste that much time.

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