Nightmare World

I created a world that has been in my nightmares when I was younger. The only prop, is a coffin with nails. At first, I wanted plain red paint so that it looked like blood; but after I realized that we ran out of red paint I tried to mix together different colors of paint to get a color closest to red. It didn’t work out and I got a dark orangey color that reminds me of rotten flesh, so I used it. This scene is set in a cave like mansion, typical for vampire or zombie movies. Two coffins are bolted to the wall, however, one is opened, giving suspense and making the audience think that one of the dead has awaken and escaped. The mirrors on the wall can later be used in the play, because according to myths, vampires have no reflections. I had wanted curtains stained with blood cover the entrance and exits for the actors, but the curtains didn’t line up well. I had also wanted small pairs of glowing eyes staring at the audience, but there wasn’t a paint brush that was small enough, so I used my fingers. Thus, I was unsuccessful with those two elements of the set piece. I learned to be more creative with and using the tools that I am given with. If I was able to do this set piece again, I would make the backdrop taller, giving a sense that it will swallow the audience. I would also try to use nails to paint on the glowing eyes to make it even smaller and add more spider webs using hot glue.



This design features a dragon’s head from a house. In the yard near the house, are two gravestones of Dave and Martha Jones, who have risen from their graves and are climbing from and out of the earth, scaring a young girl who has fallen onto her back. Another zombie walks in front of them and in a near shed, is a bat entangled in spiderwebs. The backdrop is simple, yet fits flawlessly, showing the entangled and horrific scene. The creator, in my opinion, is successful, because from this scene, I could feel the suspense and the plot of the play can be clearly understood and scene, making it easier for the audience. The props are also well made, however, if she were to further develop this scene, she should add a tail or another body part of the dragon sticking out of the house, because it may seem a little unrealistic for such a small house to be able to withhold a giant dragon. One other thing she could improve on is creating for of a focus point, because although this piece is detailed, the audience may not know where the action is going on.

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A Tool that is Used Against its Creator

Deforestation is a topic that is more serious than I have ever thought. There are many issues that are caused because of deforestation such as extinction, inflation and health. In the Capstone project, I was able to raise awareness among my community about this issue so that people can be more careful about their usage of clothing and wood products and be thankful for what they are able to receive because the not all people can buy food, clothing, and wood products as frequently due to the inflations. Through this project, I now know more information about deforestation. I was always aware about this topic but could never have predicted that 5000 square kilometers of trees are being cut down due to illegal deforestation alone. Public speaking/ speaking with strangers was always challenging, however, when I was conducting surveys with staff members in ISB, I was able to talk to people that I did not know and found that most people are really willing to help when you tell them why you are conducting these surveys. I found that just smiling and relaxing is the best way to communicate with others. If I could do this project again, I would conduct surveys to total strangers and video it. This time, I was unable to do that, because I did not have time to find someone who was willing to have their face in my project.The Capstone project may seem challenging and out of your comfort zone at first, but if you always prepare well, it would not seem as hard.

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World Cup Catapult

The catapult project is both engaging and academic. I’ve learned many things during the process of this project that does not only include mathematics, but also teamwork and the design process. Our final design was constant, therefore, there was a specific quadratic function that we were able to use in order to find out where we should fire the pingpong ball from.

Communication and collaboration is important for this project. There could not just be one person who is working, because in the end, each and every person from the group had to come up with their own functions. We also had to help each other build the catapult and give each other advice on the graphs, etc. In addition, communication outside of class was also essential, because we had to make sure that everyone was on the same page and that no was confused about our project.

Using the design process, my team was able to make three prototypes before choosing the best one. The first one did not fire very far. As a team, we were able to revise and change this by making the catapult longer. However, the results were different than we had imagined, because the stick would get stuck and the rubber band did not function as well, the aim was also always lopsided. As a result, we made a final revision by gluing sticks to the edge of the catapult and adjusting the size once more, making it just right. At first, our catapult could only fire up to 3 meters, by the end, it could fire up to 4.

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Pretty Lies and Ugly Truths

Pretty lies are only there to cover up ugly truths. Humans seek for pleasure. Not everyone can bear the uneasiness of a statement, even if it is true, for no one wants to suffer. The truth can be scary and some may be willing to take in a pretty lie, rather than an ugly truth. This is why humans lie; we lie, to sooth people and to prevent conflicts. In the dystopian world that Scott Westerfield describe, most humans decided to blind themselves with the appearances of a subject and hide the dark meanings deep beneath. Book covers generally allude the theme of a story. Here, it is particularly useful, because my book cover shows how the dark side of this surgery is its perfection, and how people in this dystopian world would chase after it at all costs. Book covers also include deep quotes that can relate to the story and they are essential to Uglies, because it is related to a problem in this world. Westerfield took a problem we see today, judging people by their appearances and surface, and made it big. A person’s appearance is greatly valued today; however, pretty souls do not necessarily apply to pretty faces. This shows how the appearance of beautiful visage can just be a pretty lie that is hiding an ugly truth. Words can be said sweetly, but it is impossible to tell the real intentions of them.




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Final Polymer Product

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Testing UniClay

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Science Behind Polymers

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Through the Open Gate

Moongate #21

by: Chessy Si

A gate stands before me,

With its arms opened wide.

It’s welcoming me to

A world filled with disguise.


A noise echoes behind me,

With each step I take.

My pace suddenly quickens,

As I finally reached the gate.


A pair of great, tall trees,

Standing forever straight,

With batches of green leaves,

Guiding me through the gate.


A world with new wonders,

Was waiting just for me.

I prayed for the right choice,

As I began to leave.


My feet carried me across,

To the world unseen.

I stood there in bewilderment,

Waiting to be seen.


Standing there in silence,

I waited for my fate.

Before I looked up,

And saw another gate.


This photograph shows many gate within each other. These circular Moongates make a tunnel-like trail that stops after meeting a wall. Each one may look the same, however, they all have a different story between their intersections. They are what is used to divide the space into sections. Bright, green leaves circle around the top with their strong bodies holding them up.

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Dear Jessica, From Francis

Just like essays, what matters the most, isn’t the quantity of friends, but the quality. One could have hundreds of ‘friends’, but there may be none who is actually there for them when they need it the most. In ‘Friends for Life’, by Andrew Norriss, a group of students who were experiencing depressing times stick together with the help of a ghost, Jessica, who has had the same experiences as them, but failed to reach for help and ended up committing suicide. With the help and support from each other, they soon learned the power of trust and ended up saving another student’s life. Through the encouragements of each other, it can be seen that their self-confidence improved magnificently and by the end, even without Jessica, they became proud of their personality and body. This heart touching story describes the unbreakable bonds between true friends and how close friends are essential to everyone, every day. I decided to write a postcard that really emphasizes the friendship between Francis, the main character, and Jessica, especially after Jessica was forced to leave, for her mission of saving teenage lives was complete. Francis wasn’t sure where he should send this postcard to, so it can be seen that the address section had been left blank. A postcard is a unique way of showing the deep relationship between to people, because it is usually used for important occasions and meaningful conversations. While creating this postcard, I had to face challenges such as creating the words and events that Francis wanted to tell Jessica. One other really significantly hard area was to analyze the personalities of these two characters in a deeper form and try to incorporate it into this postcard by weaving it into words and stories.

Due to technical difficulties, the hyperlinks don’t work, below are the links,

Committing Suicide:

Changed me:

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