What is this engineering task?
-We are going to follow the ISB design circle and either
1. Design toy that converts energy
2. Take a renewable energy source & convert it to electrical energy
3. Design and create a device that transfers energy
4. Design and make a device that can be used to learn physics

What are you thinking about doing? (this can be multiple ideas)
Embed images and links of ideas you like/don’t like

#1 Motor car


(make a toy car with lights on top)


#2 Wind turbine


(decoration/ device/ toys for children)


#3 Vacuum Cleaner


(device-vacuum,- that transfers energy)


#4 Chocolate vending machine


Toys for children (mechanical energy-rubbers)


#5 Personal saving coin bank


(device for kids, saving money-mechanical rubber)


ANALYZE those ideas: What are the pros/cons about those ideas?

Some of them are very challenging to make. For example, for the machines, you need to get all of the measurements and cuts sharp. And that is pretty challenging for me. But also because some of the ideas have a clear/obvious audiences, it might be easier to play with the idea and actually investigate how the results are going to affect the audiences.

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Capstone Education in China

By working on this project, I learned lots about China’s education. I always knew that education was a big issue but I’ve never really tried to take an action or dig more into the topic. While working on this project, I realized that many people don’t think that pressure is needed, but because others are giving lots of lessons, they’re giving their own children pressure, too. Hutong trip helped a lot with my interview experience. Becuase I had experience from the trip, it was easier for me to talk to people in my survey. If I could do this survey again, I would try to survey more people so I’ll get more data. For next year’s 8th grade, I just think all they need is to enjoy the project because once you’re done, it’s done. You’ll be very proud of yourself:)

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c A T a p U L t.

This catapult project’s purpose was to learn about quadratic functions and how to graph them. While working on this project I learned how to graph and make a function to 3 different types; standard form, vertex form and factored form. Th most challenging part of this project was the math bit. I still don’t feel confident when I work with functions.

This project definitely added a little bit of freedom and fun. Next time, I’d plan a little more, rather than just quickly making a plan and jump into making it. Since we did that, we changed our prototypes couple of times -inspired by one of the group’s design.


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Journal #4

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CAPITOL DAILY “Katniss Everdeen leads the crowd”


In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss Everdeen was the one who looked at the world as it is. The Hunger Games talks about the dystopian society; the capitol has control of everything. They split people into districts, and they hosted The Hunger Games. To show that they have the power, that without them, you guys are worthless. But because Katniss sees things as it is, she knows and will take an action with that. Katniss knows that the concept of this whole hunger game is wrong and it should be changed. Everyone needs to have their rights, their own rights. All of us has rights to do what we want to do. But in The Hunger Games, this isn’t the case. They don’t have any rights, not at all.

After reading the hunger games, I fell in love with the book. Probably the best book I’ve ever readJ I choses to do a multimedia post, a newspaper in the capitol as my post. Because I know that Katniss is the one who sees the world as it is, I thought that she’ll take an action to it. By putting her into an action, it shows that the capitol is taking control but people will not stop asking for rights.

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Polymer Project Journal #3

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Polymer Journal #2

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Polymer Journal #1


Source: Monomer




Natural to synthetic

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Trapped (Bird Cages #2 by Pelin Guven)

Photographer: Pelin Guven

#2 Bird Cages




Celine Seo



I’m a bird

I was born to fly

Soaring this blue sky

But I’m trapped in here,

All alone

I want to fly, like the others


I’m a bird

I was born to fly

Someone notice me!

Someone help me!

I didn’t do anything wrong

Did I?


I’m a bird

I was born to fly

People passing by





Why can’t I do the same?






I’m a bird

I was born to be trapped

This is how it’s meant to be,



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Paper Girl in a Paper Town


Paper Town: A town marked on a map that doesn’t actually exists and is used to help map making companies avoid being plagiarized

“It’s a paper town, with paper houses and paper people, everything is uglier up close.” (57,Green)

I’ve decided to focus on characterization of the paper girl, who lives in a paper town- Margo Roth Speigelman. I chose to do this is a video type of post because I thought that video is going to show the most. By using a video, I wanted to show the story in Margo’s point of view. She was a mystery in the book. She hated being fake in the town. In the book, Margo is the main character, but the story isn’t told in her point of view. While making this video, I wanted the story to be told as her point of view, because all of this was Quentin’s perspective. There’s not much about Margo in the book, so I found it hard to pick out which scene I wanted to film, but I tried my best to be Margo as I can. Paper town- I guess can read in lots of ways. The way I thought of it was “identity”. Who are you? What are you? Why are you?

“Nichts passiert so, wie man es sich vorstellt.” – Nothing happens the way you would imagine. (122)

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