During this Capstone Project, I have been researching the benefits and problems of Renewable Energy but decided to base my video on advertising it. I have noticed that fossil-fuels have been a growing problem for the world (considering greenhouse gases and global warming/climate change), and we need to stop using it immediately. When I found out the effects fossil-fuels was having on people and families, I couldn’t turn a blind eye. One thing I have learned throughout this project is empathy for those less fortunate than us, and it has helped change my beliefs about the world. One of my skills I called upon during this project was my communication skills, as we were challenged to conduct our own survey to collect some primary source information for the project. To next year’s Grade 8’s, I want you to know that this project might seem like the hardest thing in the world, but by the end of it, the satisfaction is the greatest feeling ever, and your view of the world might change, for better or worse, knowledge is good. Thank you.
|Prototype||Observations||Strengths for this Prototype||Limitations for this Prototype|
|#1 = super slime (green, runny)||Squishy
|One of my favourites (when in bag)
It is entertaining and fun to use
|Try to make it less runny|
|#2 = super slime (pink)||Stable
Squishy but doesn’t fall apart
|It is more like a standard stress ball compared to others. Is Easy to use.||Try to make it less stiff|
|#3 = super slime (yellow)||Compact yet mouldable
|One of my favourites (when in bag)
Easy to use
|Try to make it less crumbly|
|#4 = super slime (green, less runny)||More wet on inside
Squishy and mouldable
|It is entertaining and fun to use||I see no limitations|
|#5 = super slime (blue)||Wet inside
|It is entertaining and fun to use||I see no limitations|
|#6 = gloop||White
Too hard to poke at
Wasn’t fun to use or easy to concentrate with
|It was way too sticky|
|#7 = gloop||Not as sticky
Very Fun to use
Easy to concentrate with
|It was good to poke at and the consistency was good||It could be improved by making it a little more runny|
|#8 = gloop||Light pink
fun to use
it neither helped or endangered my concentration
|It was good to poke at and the consistency was good||It was slightly harder than it was before|
|#9 = gloop||Not fun and not easy to concentrate with
|Try to make it less hard|
|#10 = gloop||Very fun and very easy to concentrate
A good amount of soft
|The consistency of the gloop was very good and could be easily poked at||I see no limitations|
Describing our Polymer:
- We are making a Stress Ball
- We want the physical properties of our polymer to include:
- Slightly Bouncy
- Soft and Squishy
- Comes in cool colours and smells
- Easy to use
Our Plan to Develop our Prototype:
*Prototype = sample/model
1st we will…
Create Gloop and Super Slime because they are our top choices for our stress ball.
2nd we will…
Change the number of substances used to fit our wanted properties.
3rd we will…
Test our prototypes to see if they meet our standards.
Finally, we will…
Select our most promising prototype and present it to the Dream On panel.
Our Method for Testing our Prototype:
|Method||Why we chose this/How this will be effective|
|Keep it out in open air for a week to see if the slime dried or expired||I chose this method to see the durability of the slime and to see how long it would last|
|Bounce and squeeze it for a long time||To see how sustainable the slime is and to see how it can help us concentrate.|
Popper, Dan. “Rayon.” How Products Are Made, www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Rayon.html.
Francois, Carol, and Bronwyn Harris. “How Is Nylon Made?” WiseGEEK, Conjecture Corporation, 13 Apr. 2018, www.wisegeek.org/how-is-nylon-made.htm.
The social issue I will be working on is Goal #7, Affordable and Clean Energy. The reason why I have chosen this topic is that I have seen much and breathed much of the results of using affordable but unclean energy (coal usage). Many factories inside China are powered by dirty electricity and coal, resulting in a spread of pollution everywhere. And since many migrant workers don’t have access to warmth, they make fires and burn coal to stay warm. This is why I am focusing my project on affordable and “clean” energy, so that not only can factories stop mass producing pollution, migrant workers throughout China can easily access the energy needed to stay warm and power their homes.
My working question is:
What is the government doing to provide cheap and efficient “clean” energy to the Chinese population by 2030?
One of my fears about starting this journey is not knowing about specific events of Chinese culture and/or politics that have restricted China from moving forward. Because say if I started talking about all of this, and then I realise that specific events have occurred that restricts China from doing what I mentioned, my research would have been meaningless.
I hope to gain more knowledge on China’s current development within this goal, and how it can be improved.
I really just want to raise awareness about how this is still an event that is serious in China.
Hello, my name is Gabriel, I am a 26-year-old man, living in the unequal French society in the 1780’s. My whole life, I have been treated with disrespect and inequality from the higher orders, and living has been a complete struggle for me. I have had to scavenge for food and shelter, living in mockery from the wealthy class. It isn’t fair. Life isn’t decent. But I have grown to always hope, that one day in the future, people of all races and classes will be equal. I just hope that day will come soon…
Wow, just wow. I cannot believe that I have survived through this entire revolution. As I sit in my armchair in my house, I reflect back on all those years ago, those years of agony and pain, but also years of meaning. Now that I think about, those years of fighting the higher orders were the years when I have genuinely felt alive. I remember before the Estates General was created, I always walked the streets believing that I was a tool of society, I had no purpose unless I did my job correctly. But now, this revolution has opened my eyes, to see that there is so much more potential within my being. I can do so much more for society than to just work for money; now I can work for my community in a way in which I am helping people around me. But government wise, I am a lot less involved in politics than I used to back in the day, but maybe this is for the better. I have a much better lifestyle not stressing over political issues, and I honestly believe that this revolution has changed me for the better. And to be honest, I surely hope France’s future will prosper if a great leader takes power, a leader that is kind, fair, and non-judgmental. If this happens, France will have a promising future, I believe.
The French Revolution in Plain English is a video Andreas and I made about the French Revolution. One of the obvious causes of the French Revolution was the social status inequality and the king’s use of power. The king was greedy and wanted lots of money, but eventually, France fell into debt due to the king funding the American Revolution. And once they fell into debt, the king tried new methods such as taxing the citizens, but everyone hated this. The rich people didn’t like paying taxes, and the poor people had no money. The poor were outraged, they believed that the rich people should pay taxes because they had the most money, but the rich thought the poor should pay because they were less important.
John Wilkes Booth was a famed actor in the 1850’s and 60’s and was loved by all America. He was smart, handsome and had a perfect memory, which was the ideal attributes for an actor for that time. Booth enjoyed his life and his glory very much, but John valued his national fame the most. Unfortunately, Booth fought for the wrong side of the Civil War, which meant he didn’t support Lincoln. And when the North won the war, Lincoln started making his changes to American society, such as abolishing slavery and allowing freedom and equal rights for all Americans. Booth, being from the South, hated these changes. He loved the idea of slavery, and the fact Lincoln was taking this privilege away from the South disgusted him. So on April fourteenth, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, after careful planning and preparation, carried out the most surprising and devastating performance of his entire life – the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer”, by James L. Swanson, is a non-fiction novel about the legendary manhunt for the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth. It describes the entire 12-day manhunt in specific detail, outlining the perspectives of Booth himself and many Union generals. But why was Booth willing to give up his fame and glory to kill the president? Why would he be ready to become the most hated man in America because of Lincoln? Maybe Booth did it for more fame? Did he think that this murder would eventually give him a place on history’s timeline? These were the types of questions that sparked James L. Swanson’s exact argument within the novel, did Booth’s “achievements” outweigh his failures?
Swanson’s main argument with this book was to address that Booth had vast desires, and even though Booth had succeeded in assassinating Lincoln, he failed with his other “goals”, such as having an extensive effect on history and dying an honourable death. One of Booth’s failures as an assassin was to extensively affect history. Yes, of course, he assassinated Lincoln, but he “did not inspire the South to fight on, prolong the Civil War, or win the battles the Confederate armies had lost. He did not undo the Emancipation Proclamation and revive slavery” (Swanson 193). This quote proves the author’s point of view and the manhunt in general. It represents his opinion by saying that even though Booth assassinated Lincoln, he was a failure at having an effect on history. This topic is an exciting topic to poke at because Booth always wanted to affect history. This reason was one of the reasons he murdered Lincoln, but now that the author reflects back onto Booth, his effect on history was less than Booth expected. Also, the honourable death Booth desired would not come his way: “Anticipating the barn was about to be burned down, John decided to challenge all of his pursuers to honourable combat on the open ground. He had just challenged twenty-six men, a lieutenant, and two detectives to a dual” (170-171). This quote also proves the authors point about Booth’s arrogance and willingness to be the star, to be the most noticeable runaway in the history of America. He was willing to welcome death and risk capture just to make a mark in history. But in reality, Booth was never the real hero; it was “Abraham Lincoln and principles he lived – and died: freedom and equal rights for all Americans” (194).
The author’s main argument within this novel was that Booth had many goals to affect history, and neither of them was successful. Booth did not excessively affect the past, he did not die in a way that would seem unordinary, and he did not rid America of Lincoln’s influence. These failures as a runaway and as an assassin, proves why John Wilkes Booth’s failures outweighed his achievements.