Gentrification: China’s Drive to Become a Global Superpower.

Being ethnically Chinese and having English as my first language, reading western media, being in western education and so forth I always thought the Chinese Government and its communist ideology is a bad one. Hence, when December came around with BBC and CNN articles about the Chinese government’s recent gentrification plans and how they were displacing and wrecking livelihoods, I was quite convinced that was the case. However, during my research process, reading about more principled social economical theory like Pareto improvements, I learned and reached a conclusion that had a positive bent on gentrification and the actions of the Chinese Communist Party. From a learning perspective, I’ve gotten more confident with my impromptu interview skills and I felt like I had a purpose in mind getting into every interview. Moreover, when interviewing members of the nearby community e.g the apartments across the school I felt a sense of increased empathy and awareness for their issues. All in all, I was quite satisfied with the new knowledge I’ve learned. But if I could improve on something I would procrastinate less seeing as I did my video in the last 2 days before it was due so I could’ve perhaps done a draft and edited it more. In the end, if I could tell the 7th graders about the Capstone project I would say that they should chose and issue that they actually care about.




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Applying Quadratics: Launching Projectiles

Algebra 1 is the study of functions and module 4 is no different. In the 4th module, we learned a new concept called quadratic functions, which are used to graph parabolas. We see many parabolas’ in daily life: supply and demand, the stock market, and so on. As a final project and a test about the application of these formulas, we built catapults and analysis the parabola of the ping pong balls. Starting off, we fused popsicle and cardboard together with glue, a very primitive preschool tactic. Then, we realise that glue sticks and popsicles weren’t very stable so we opted to use cut wooden blanks and hot glue instead.


After this process, we proceeded to launch ping-pong balls. We took videos of this process and used logger pro to graph the parabola of the function the catapult launched the ball at. In my opinion, this was the most challenging aspect of the entire project because locating the parabola and finding the function proved difficult due to the fact that the number weren’t whole and had multiple decimal points- not what I’m used to on quadratics tests. However, through trial and error, I found the formula by inserting numbers as the slope until I got the parabola just right.

If I were to do this again, I wouldn’t change many things as I was satisfied with the catapult. However, if I could do the design process again, I might’ve opted to-do a simpler catapult instead of a ballista since those turned out to be more successful.

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Polymer Project Journal 4: The Journey



Prototype Observations Strengths for this Prototype Limitations for this Prototype

Prototype 1

The polymer didn’t solidify completely, leaving a solid coated in a sticky-glue texture and served no use in attaching to a phone or protection anything from impact -It was bouncy – Can’t attach to phone

-Dirties all things it comes into contact with traces of glue

Prototype 2 (Super Slime) Looks slimy however has way too much bounce and limited stretching capabilities. After, it was broken due to stretching it was hard to get it back together. -Good durability and hard to deform by dropping. -No mechanism to attach to phone

-No mechanism to reshape the polymer into more desired size and shape

Prototype 3



(final design)

Has the ability to stretch and bounce however lacked the bounce of prototype 1. After leaving it alone for 1-2 days it solidified into a soft clay-like texture which was quite durable. -Good durability

-Ability to solidify to not leave traces

-Could stick onto the phone

-“one time use” lacked flexibility and the ability to deform and reform after solidifying

-Hard to deliver to consumer before solidifying-> however if you isolate oxygen from the packaging, it’ll be fine




Use evidence from above observations to complete.


Claim:   Prototype 3 was the most successful at meeting the goals of the polymer.


Exempted from journal entry 2, the goal of the polymer is to possess the ability to protect a phone while being flexible and fun in doing so.  Firstly, as seem in the video, the polymer demonstrated the ability to protect a phone from the average “accidental dropping of your phone” at around 1.5-2 meters in length. Secondly, as also demonstrated in the video, the polymer is flexible in doing so. Seeing as the polymer in its first stage is a flexible texture, the desired amount of the polymer can be selected and used at the customer’s own convenience. Unlike the other two prototype, the final prototype and the product of PolyProtec does its job much better. Seeing as the properties of prototype 1 wasn’t completely solidified, it brought inconveniences to the user. Similarly, in prototype 2, although the prototype was durable it lacked the flexibility of appliance and the mechanism to attach to a phone. All in all, Prototype 3 was the most successful seeing as it has met the goals of PolyProtec the best.



Give a summary of how your final product will be made.

Make sure you list the steps and amounts used.


  1. Pour 15 ml of PVA solution and 30 ml of glue into a beaker
  2. Add 2 drops of desired food colouring (optional)
  3. Add 15 ml of liquid starch into the same beaker and stir all until all substances are fused
  4. Pour 15 ml of borax into the solution and stir
  5. When the solution is completely mixed, Knead with hands





What was the process like?  What was challenging?  What was interesting?  What did I learn?


In conclusion, the process started off as a charismatic one. Making slime was just fun. However, tasked with our goal of creating the perfect solution for the oppsy-daisy of dropping a phone, we met several challenges. Firstly, seeing as we had no recipe, it was a matter of trial and error. However, we soon realized there was an intelligent way of doing this by learning what each substance did i.e. borax solidified the substance. Under this premise, we made much more intelligent combinations until we formed our final prototype (note this wasn’t our third try but those 3 were the most successful ones). All in all, I really enjoyed the process not only because slime is fun but the simplicity of such a thing and the numerous possibilities it can create. We only had about 6 ingredients but yet people created anything from soap to a lamp. Once again, it’s not about reaching the mountaintop but the climb. The final product wasn’t the great glory of all this work but just a possibility of the numerous capabilities of smile. J

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In Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon, what you choose to believe, what you choose to accept, and what you choose to question is going to unequivocally dictate how you think of life. For Standish Treadwell, being illiterate and mutated, life’s hard for him and what he may become is constrained by his status. Instead of accepting such circumstances, he chooses to defy them.

We live for around 27,300 days, but yet we know so much more than that. From what your friend told you, from watching YouTube and so forth. We know things that we haven’t experienced ourselves. Were gullible in believing the plethora of truth and lies, but what makes something true that you haven’t experienced? It’s a matter of choice. Especially, in Standish Treadwell’s society, under the regime of the “Motherland”, the government has a strong cult of personality and a massive propaganda machine. Most people believe in them, some believe there are wrong’s but choose to believe in them due to societal pressure and the consequences of going against them. Others, like Standish, not only ignore the words of the government but uses such totalitarianism to form his questions and to point out the “hoax”.

The plot commences with Standish recalling a few previous keystones of his life. His best friend was gone, he was genetically mutated with different eyes, lost both of his parents, and is in the “lower end of the society” being placed in one of the worse districts. Unlike many dystopian novels, the “Utopia” in Maggot Moon called the Motherland doesn’t brand itself as a “perfect society”. Similar to that of the Soviet Union, it uses means of flexing its national power in the sciences and focusing propaganda on degrading other nations. Furthermore, the biggest “hoax” as Standish calls it, in the book, was the faked moon landings of the Motherland. More ironically, the Soviet Union’s great pride was sending a man into space. Evidentially, “Every single school was issued a working television (that was black and white) to watch the moon landings (97)”. Unlike the other pupils who proceeded to watch, Standish questioned the irony of the fact that his country has the technology to launch rockets but can’t get coloured television distributed to the general public. With a grain of salt, this correlation was also present in our society; we got nuclear weapons before we got computers or coloured television or plastic.

As the plot goes on, the irony and the utter lack of a moral compass becomes more prevalent. Standish managed to ‘bust in’ to the filming studio of the moon landings. “Bursting in I saw the director (269)”, in other words, the moon landings were a film. The depravity of the society was further established by other examples. On a micro scale, Standish’s teacher beat a kid to death for doing nothing. Beatings are quite common for everybody. However, in such societies people accept such things as norms – they don’t think much of it. However, Hector (one of Standish’s friends) never got beat because he was smart. Because he knew what was going on and the lack of morality and how bleak the society was. This made him immune from many types of punishment because the collapse of these societies happens on a micro level with such intellects telling others of their viewpoints. The Soviet Union went from the 2nd strongest country to utter collapse because of inner revolutions, because of the fact that people realised there’s a brighter world out there.

Beyond the logical fallacy and the irony in the moon landings, beyond the fact that a teacher won’t beat Hector because small voices cause systematic collapse in totalitarianism. Totalitarianism fundamentally fails on the premise of human values. We had nuclear weapons before computers because we have big ego’s and the Homo-Sapiens is an greedy creature. Teacher’s beat students because they need to hold onto their power using force because authoritarianism, unlike democracy, fails to legitimise and provide a trusted and reliable systematic approach as we see in parliament. The premise is that authoritarianism fails because of humanity because some people like questions because, in Totalitarianism, the development society means nothing more than National Power which is elitist to a group of oligarchs. Everything goes. There is no system or consequence (i.e. impeachment) nor legislation or procedure to stop a man’s ego and his authority in authoritarian regimes. In the end, living in an authoritarian government is what this book conveys. Thinking that a revolution will occur is logical, but thinking you can be the hero is an unlikely situation. Thus, you’re on your feet like Standish, no parents to go to, nobody to trust. Hence, it’s a matter of what you believe is right or wrong and the distinction of propaganda from what is the truth. Lies are lies, truths are truths because we believe in them. Whatever we indulge ourselves in is a matter of questioner or follower: defy your world. Lies are told to keep the truth. The truth and the path towards liberty and betterment is a radical one. But there’s a brighter world out there.

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Journal 3: In The Making

Polymer Structure,

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Journal 2- We’re the best. Period.

Made with Issuu.

Sources cited
Lynette, and Deb White. “Simple Playdough Recipe : Make It Or Buy It.” Simple Recipes, DIY Tutorials, & Farmhouse Adventures – Cleverly Simple®, 4 Dec. 2016,

* All products require an annual contract. Prices do not include sales tax (New York residents only). “Protective Case Usage US Smartphone Owners 2017 | Statistic.” Statista,

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Polymer Design Journal #1- The Birth of Polyprotec

According to Business Insider, nearly 60% of iPhone users think about the protective qualities when buying a phone case. People want to keep their phone safe and secure. These cases, although protective, are quite expensive as well (usually more than $10 as one source notes), these cases also lack design. In other words, these cases suck. We provide an alternative using polymer, which are a large molecules made up of repeating subunits called monomers. Polymer, much like playdoh, is an adjustable material that allows for flexibility. Unlike the current products on offer which usually go over $10, pieces of polymer which can be used to protect your phone by attaching to the edges costs less than $3. Most importantly, seeing as polymers are molecules created on the premise of different smaller molecules, you can tailor-made your polymer using a variety of colours and even texture alternatives. For the more stylish of you, according to bankrate, you can have your polymer on the edges of your phone over your stylish Supreme phone case.

Kiersz, Andy. “REVEALED: Here’s Who Uses IPhone Cases And Why.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 8 July 2014,

Polymer Structure,

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Hope Diminishes

Roads erected. Landscape barren. Households turned flat and grey. What used to be prosperity has been utterly eroded to a endless land of grey barren. Tears shed. Hope lost. The faith that once existed has been utterly destroyed by the institution of what used to mark China but now constitutes for the dehumanising of these people. The tap runs dry, wooden road stalls into fiber, houses deserted, families separated. This is the byproduct of Xi Jingping’s ambitions for China, which on one hand, is to preserve Chinese culture, but on the other, destroying these families. However, many demolitions, like this one, have been previously accused of burning coal and polluting the areas around them. In the end, China must make a tradeoff: can we negate the thousands in the temporary shelters for the development of elitist infrastructure?

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Nature will be the Death of me

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Six figures to starving to death in Alaska, riches to rags. In Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild he depicts Christopher McCandless short but yet fruitful life of abuse, success, and living off the wild. For may multimedia post, I decided to create an imagery of what Chris’s Facebook page would’ve looked like in his last 2 years of life. Like the most fortunate of us, born to a family worth 6-figures corresponds to an abundant and fruitful future. But unlike me, or every other child who has gotten a fight with their parents, McCandless took it seriously. Born to the son of a successful Nasa engineer, who was in the book, was hinted for abusing Chris with words like “their differences over the years(118)”. Upon this fury, and a cult of personality that clashed with his father’s as his father had a habit of “staring his co workers down when they failed to meet his requirements (132)”. In other words, his father has a strong desire and a sense of objectivity for what is right. Filed with his desire and his own ambitions, Christopher had strong desires with his moral compass and empathy fuled by the hatred and bourgeois of his upbringing. An example of such was his desire to go to college, his parents managed to convince him to go to Emory by not saying the usual reteric of university is inline with success but simply “going to university will allow you to help people more(34)”. As this was reflected in my post of his true thoughts about higher education as he saw it as plunder to the less privileged of society. Moreover, the other 3 posts describe life for him or at least the happy days of his great odysseys or in other words, what he hoped for life to be living low profile as a part of his character and giving to the poor. All in all, even though he met his brutal demise, there was a positive aspect of nature for him and nature appealed to him more than anything else. Looking down on Chris’ life, he left a loving family for the Alaskan woods. Were living his personal desires and way of life justified when he left his family? Did he deserve his fate or was God too harsh on Chris?

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Gaddafi: Journals from Coup to Couped

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