1. As a result of the Capstone Project, I have learned many things about my issues, ranging from the causes and effects of the problem to individual steps towards reducing air pollution.
  2. The project not only broaden my knowledge of air pollution, but also instilled in me a passion to alleviate and to solve the issue. Using my documentary, I have informed my fellow peers about the serious threats air pollution can cast on us all, and have hopefully persuaded them to, along with myself, to all takes steps to reduce air pollution in China.
  3. I have always known that air pollution is bad. I have criticized and launch into tirades because of that. But before, I never took steps to stop the problem. I mean, I was never part of the problem, but I was never part of the solution either. After delving in the problem of air pollution, I have realized how detrimental the effects are, and now seeks to reduce air pollution through taking small actions to solve the problem
  4. I drew upon the skill of communication. Communicating clearly and coherently is an paramount skill in my engagement with the community.
  5. If I were to do this blogpost again, I would maybe delve even deeper in the issue. Instead of just exploring how can an individual reduce the air pollution, I could perhaps even learn and propose actions the Chinese government can take.
  6. The Capstone project is a not necessary fun project, but a project that will be highly beneficial to your growth as a person. It prompts you to learn many things about the issue you have selected.
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I’m the Ball Fired by the Catapult into the Ocean of Quadratics

The Process of Creating Our Catapult:

We switched the rubber band from the thick and short one to the thin and long one because after testing, we consider the latter one to be more effective.

Our Final Catapult:

Our planning sheet & the success criterion:

Two Videos of Our Catapult in Motion:


catapult testing

What did you do?

In the catapult project, the students are instructed to create a catapult that possesses the ability to hit targets accurately and consistently. At the end of the project, a catapult challenge will be held, in which the students will attempt to hit various targets with varying difficulty levels. The most successful team in the challenge with be bestowed the Catapult Cup.

What was the most important learning from this project?

  • Personally, I think the most important learning from this project is that math is not as abstract as I thought but it can be applicable to real life and is actually, in reality, tangible, shown through the catapult project in which teams use functions to calculate the distance we should place the catapult from the target in order for the ball to hit the target.

What was the most challenging aspect of this project?

  • The most challenging aspect for our team is that our catapult’s distance when firing the ball is not fairly consistent. Sometimes, it is quite far, other times it is close. We solved this problem by simply trying to keep our actions and strength when firing the ball the same. Afterwards, the distance was kept pretty consistent.

What would you do differently next time?

  • If we were to do the catapult project again, my partner and I would apply more hot glue to our design when assembly it initially, as a part of the catapult fell apart and even after we hot glued it on again, the performance of our catapult was not as stellar as before.

How did this project help you in your understanding of quadratic functions?

  • This project helped me better understand quadratic functions by allowing me to apply the functions to real life and make various calculations when determine the distance the catapult should be placed from its target.
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Polymer Journal #4

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Knowing the truth without knowledge? Impossible.

“It is impossible to know the truth without knowledge” is a recurrent theme throughout the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury. Knowledge is developed by making mistakes and reading books; however, the characters in the book were not given any opportunities to make mistakes nor to read books. Montag, the protagonist of the novel, have constantly expressed his dissatisfaction at the widespread ignorance: “Nobody listens anymore. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me. I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls.”(Bradbury, 81) People are being really ignorant: turning to their “TV families” and neglecting their real-life relationships and other important events happening around them. Due to “parlour walls” and a lack of knowledge, the people in Fahrenheit 451 are very ignorant, oblivious to what is happening around them. There are, however, some exceptions like Faber, Montag’s mentor and friend; “”I don’t talk things, sir,” said Faber. “I talk the meaning of things. I sit here and know I’m alive.””(71) They are the ones who know the truth about the society. People without knowledge, ignorant people, by contrast, will never know the truth about their society and their government, because they have lost the ability of think or even to care. Mildred, Montag’s wife, plays a key role as she shows no interest to the oppressive society, which is shown from her attachment to the “family” she watches on the “parlour walls”. All of which suggesting Mildred is ignorant to the “real society”. She does not listen to Montag, who keeps on trying to tell her the truth about the society, so she does not know the truth because she does not listen and is isolated from the rest of the world along with her “family”. Drawing back to the initial theme “it is impossible to know the truth without knowledge”, without knowledge there is no reasoning and logic nor any basic sense of awareness to the surrounding, and thus there is no way to distinguish the truth from the lies, the lies from the truth, because of this reason the truth is impossible to be known without knowledge.

I can relate this theme to myself. If I want to know the truth about something from my mom and she is unwilling to tell me, I need knowledge of psychology and past experience with dealing with people to craft a tactful strategy to make her willingly tell the truth. But in this case, if I do not have knowledge or experience of any kind, I will not be able to know the truth.

The theme is also tied closely to an element in the real world now: fake news. Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes. A term that is constantly used by Donald Trump, the president of the United States. If a person is ignorant, the individual cannot differentiate fake news from real news, and will blindly believe in what he reads, and will therefore never know the truth, just like the people in Fahrenheit 451.

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Polymer Journal #3

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Polymer Journal #2

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Polymer Journal #1

A monomer is a molecule that can be bonded to other identical molecules to form a polymer. A polymer is a long-chain molecule made up of a repeated pattern of monomers. Polymerization is  the process of chemically bonding monomers to form polymers. There are two types of polymers, and they are natural and synthetic polymers. Natural polymers are polymers that are found naturally instead of being made in a laboratory. Examples of natural polymers are silk and wool. Synthetic polymers are man-made polymers, made up of petrochemicals. Examples of synthetic polymer include rayon and polyester. Rayon came from the natural resource cellulose of wood pulp or cotton. Rayon is commonly used for fabric, nowadays. Polyesters is another synthetic polymer derived from coal, air, water, and petroleum. Polyester is used for clothing, home furnishings, industrial fabrics, computer and recording tapes, and electrical insulation. Synthetic polymers are made from petrochemicals, which are made from petroleum. Petroleum is made from the remains of plants and animals. The petrochemicals react with other monomers, and goes through polymerization, becoming a synthetic polymer.


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Mutianyu Wall #2

Photo title: Mutianyu Wall #2

Photographer: Jon Hill

Photo number: #8

Looking at the photo, Mutianyu Wall #2, I felt inspired by the Great Wall that never seems to end and wrote this paragraph.

A path that goes on forever, but only if you never stop

The path seems to go on forever, going on for so far that you can’t tell where it begins nor where it ends. A path, started from a will, takes you far, but only if you are willing to start walking, and keep on walking. Forget everything, forget your suffering, the hardships, the uncertainty of your destination, forget everything but how you cannot stop and how you need to keep on going. Don’t think about where you are headed for, just keep going, walking on the path laid before you, there because of your will, your will to be better, to be successful in the marathon of life. There will be ups and downs; there will be victories and defeats; there will be boons and banes. But don’t worry about these and stop dwelling on current hardships and past mistakes, forget about these and keep moving. Perseverance. Grit. They are of the upmost importance in your journey on your way to a destination that does not exist, but what you shoot for anyways. If you keep walking on the path, eventually, you will reach a point where they call it, “success”. But don’t stop there, remember that it is not the end. There is no end. And lastly, on your journey, always, always, always, remember there is always a rainbow after a storm.

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Inevitably Enemies

Whether it is in school, work, or the society, conflict is inevitable, resulting from either a clash of personality, difference of interests, or perhaps even an unpropitious weather, ruining the nuptial bliss. Conflicts can be categorized in two main groups: internal and external conflict. George’s Secret Key to the Universe, a Science fiction written by the celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter, Lucy Hawking, focuses mainly on external conflict, specifically focusing on person vs. person conflict of the external conflicts.

This type of conflict, person vs. person, resolves around two side—George’s and Reeper’s side. On George’s side are George, the protagonist and a student keen to learn about the universe, and Eric, a physicist who owns Cosmos, the most powerful computer in the entire world, Susan, Eric’s wife, and Annie, Eric and Susan’s daughter; On Reeper’s side are Reeper, George’s teacher and the antagonist, and the school bullies, comprised of Ringo, Zit, Tank, and Whippet. Two sides have a direct conflict of interest. Negotiation and compromise is thus impossible. The goals of the George’s side were unclear at the beginning. But no matter what it was, it was certainly against Reeper’s goal as they vowed to do good only using Science; however, as the story progressed, they faced a dilemma: “So, the question we now have to answer is: Should we concentrate on finding ways to improve life on Earth and face its problems, or should we try to find another planet for humanity to inhabit?” (Hawking 190) Eric put forth the question for discussion and voting. At last, they concluded that they should do both: find another planet and improve conditions and solve problems on Earth. While George’s side wants to find another planet humans can live on and protect Earth while they are doing so, Reeper’s side wants to find a new planet and bring only a kind of new species that would listen to Reeper only: shown by what Reeper said, “Look what they’ve done so far to this beautiful planet. I’m going to start again somewhere else, with a new life form. Those silly little boys think I’ll be taking them with me. But I won’t! Ha-ha-ha-ha! I’ll leave them here to die, like the rest of the human race.” (245) The conflict of interest is further aggravated as Eric and Reeper had past unpleasant dealing with one another: As Susan said,“I always told Eric that he shouldn’t trust Graham(Reeper). But he wouldn’t listen. Eric always thought the best of people. Until… Until something terrible happened. Something that none of us could forget.”(261) Their conflicts in the past and their current conflicts of interest makes them enemies. This is unavoidable. They are Inevitably enemies. Inevitably enemies.

Of course, as conflict is destined to happen in everyone’s life in some point, I have experienced it as well. Unlike George, the person vs. person conflict I experienced is quite physical… In second grade, the boy sitting in front of me punched me in the eye, because he wanted to borrow my eraser and I didn’t want to let him borrow it. I wasn’t happy with his actions and punched him back, starting a big fight. However, like George, the cause of the fight is because we had a conflict of interest: I didn’t want to give the eraser to him but he wanted to borrow my eraser.

The reason I chose infographic to express my ideas is because I wanted to let the reader know about the plot of the story and why this conflict between George and Reeper is essential to the development of the plotline; however, I did not want to bore the reader with the multimedia I choose. Since infographics have both picture and words, it represents the best sides of both worlds: the ability to dissect a complex subject and the ability to sustain the attention of the reader while doing so. It keeps people’s interest by lending a storytelling and visual element to what can be a boring summary of a plotline and the conflict between characters. And this is why I chose an infographic for my multimedia.

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The Syrian War Journals

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