Capstone Project

The Capstone project was a great learning experience for me. During the research stage of the project, I learned new information about China’s energy production. It was really interesting to study China’s renewable energies and fossil fuels energies.

This project helped raise awareness for the energy problems that China is facing. Power depletion and pollutions are the main worries for China, our documentary talks about there issues and addresses it to the viewers.

My values, opinions, beliefs stayed the same. I believe still that China should be transitioning to alternative energy.

Surveying students in ISB was a fairly easy task. Since I know students of the ISB community, it was really easy to talk to and survey them.

If I could do this project again, I would put more time into research. In my opinion, research was the hardest part of the Capstone Project. I feel like I could still do better research if I were to do this project again.

For the next 8th grade students, I would recommend focusing on a topic you enjoy. I choose renewable energy and extremely enjoyed researching and learning about my topic.

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Very Interesting Catapult Challenge

This project required us to create a catapult that is able to fire a ping-pong ball at a consistent and accurate distance. We ended up making three prototypes, each having their own characteristics. The first prototype was a basic and simplistic design. It worked at an average consistency, but the catapult lacked power. Therefore came our second design. The second prototype featured more of a launcher design, similar to a crossbow. We based our third design on the second prototype. The build quilty was improved, and we also added a better firing mechanism.

-Prototype #1

Pros: Simple, consistent

Cons: Lacking in power



-Prototype #2

Pros: Powerful

Cons: Not consistent due to poor build quality




-Prototype #3

Pros: Consistent, powerful

Cons: Hard to fire freestanding

The challenging part of the project was building the catapult. We had to test and changed different parts to keep improving our accuracy. I learned that trial and error is a crucial part of making the perfect product.

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Polymer Journal #4

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Polymer Journal #1

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The Power of Censorship

Book Picture by Austin Lu


In the society of Fahrenheit 451, firemen burn books rather than putting fires out. Montag, the main character, is a fireman. The people in this futuristic American city do not read books, have meaningful conversations, or enjoy nature. Instead, they endlessly watch television and drive fast. Even though Montag’s job is to exterminate the books, he has developed a slight interest in them.

“At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh? Well, Montag, take my word for it, I’ve had to read a few in my time, to know what I was about, and the books say nothing!” (Bradbury, 30)

This brings me to my thematic statement, “Censorship only empowers curiosity”. This is represented when Montag secretly takes a few books from a house he burned down.

My Multimedia is a minimalist art piece that I created. It represents the books being burned in the broken society of Fahrenheit 458. The match illustrates the censorship trying to banish the books from ever being read.  The white colour of the pages of the books is shining bright, almost like it’s reaching out to you, calling on you to read it.
All in all, censoring and burning books only empowers people to become more curious about what the books contain.


Software used: Canva
Book by Laurent Canivet from the Noun Project
matches by Abdul Wahhab from the Noun Project

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Polymer Journal #3

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Polymer Journal #2

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Two Worlds Divided

The Karakoram Highway (23)

Nature’s beauty is
shrouded by human’s waste.

The snowy mountain’s magnificence,
hidden from our eyes.

The sickening smog becomes an impenetrable barrier,
blocking out the nature, never to be seen.

The highway down below only sees of grey,
not knowing the wonders that stood above.


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The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay by Austin Lu

“To survive, sacrifices must be made”

The entire trilogy of The Hunger Games is based on sacrifice, whether it is Katniss taking her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, or killing other participants to survive the games, sacrifices are made through the entire series. In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, every character that was introduced had to give up something valuable to them, whether it’s a career, a home, or a loved one. During the time when Katniss and her comrades rebelled against the Capitol, many of the rebels had to give up something big. A large number of rebels were killed during the rebellion, which is another example of sacrifice. Lives must be sacrificed for the greater good.

My Poem above explains what Katniss would feel after winning the Hunger Games. The guilt of killing people for her own survival stirs up her emotions.
“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” (Collins,76) Katniss questions herself if she was really worth the lives of all the other contestants. In the end, she makes peace with her self and decides: “To survive, sacrifices must be made”

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Chinese Cultural Revolution

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