Scenic Design Challenge: A Nightmare

SCENIC DESIGN CHALLENGE PJ ENTRY

 

  1. Three pictures of my design. 

2)  Describe/explain what we are looking at.

This is a scene where there are many sharp objects. There is a heart in the middle, and being ruthlessly stabbed by nails and screws. You can also see a huge sign saying “DIE” and a knife with dripping blood. One of the features I’m definitely the proudest in are the cobwebs.

 

3) Describe/explain the elements of your design.

Ever since I can remember, I always had a fear of sharp objects (being stabbed or cut) and spiders. For sharp objects, the workshop offered many materials. Nails, screws, and blades all could be used. I even hammered some pins to make it seem warped and distorted to emphasize that it is a dream. I used hot glue guns to make cobwebs. I tried to make some things rest on top of it, like things that are going to be eaten. Even though I am not afraid of blood, I am aware that many people are. That’s why I spray painted many areas red and spray painted hot glue for extra effect.

4) Where were you successful?

I think I was able to make a very detailed perspective of a nightmare, displaying many fears in one small stage. The cobwebs are the reason why my project looks very realistic. The sword stuck to the wall was also a very creative idea using nails coming from the outside.

5) Improvement

There are many aspects of improvement in my project. The main area for improvement is how you can actually use this in real life. The number of props, sharp objects, and cobwebs on the stage can reduce the amount of stage available. The actors might get stuck or tangled in fake cobwebs.

Grade 9 Engineering: Reflect

This engineering project was a really great chance for me to build something that focused on aesthetic appeal. Due to the amount of time we had and the overall simplicity of the project parameters, I wanted to focus on aesthetic appeal. This is precisely why I wanted to ditch hand cutting and jump to a more clean and efficient cutting method.

Some parts I did well was to create a good looking design that retains its functionality. Some people have models that don’t work too well or looked quite rough and lackluster. I wanted to guarantee both areas, so I chose a more natural design with room for aesthetics.

I wanted to fit the criteria in the best way possible. It is functional, environmental, aesthetically appealing, demonstrates physics, etc. The primary use of this is:

  1. Demonstrate physics (potential, kinetic, and thermal)
  2. Desk toy

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project as I had the opportunity to do the things I relish.

Grade 9 Engineering: Create and Improve

My ideas changed a lot during classes, and I had to settle down on one. Here are the significant changes I made:

  1. Abandon hand cutting
  2. Laser cutting
  3. Layered cuts
  4. Track stability (how the ball will stay)
  5. Changed original dimensions (shorter length with more height)
  6. Changed the number of layers for track

 

 

 

After the laser cut was made, I had to decide on how the structure would stand. I thought of many ways, and I decided that this idea would fit. Due to the height of the structure, I wanted “legs” that could reach that high. I found a suitable thickness would in the stockpile and went on cutting.

Once I started cutting, there would be a lot of work. Plan A (right) required me to make 45° cuts so it would fit perfectly with the surfaces. This would take too much time, and the margin of error with a hand cut would be too large. Basically, it wouldn’t be stable. Plan B wasn’t the best idea either, so I went to plan C. The easiest way is to simply wood glue the sides of the wood (shown below).

 

 

During the working process, I realized that the track was shaped like a waxing crescent. The waxing crescent is a moon where it is between new moon and quarter moon (assuming the track is the bright part). This gave me inspiration for aesthetics. My first goal was to achieve basic functionality, and just focus on aesthetics. One of the main components of the project is to make your final product look “aesthetically appealing,” and I want to excel on that part.

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This is my finished product. I spent an hour on drawing and small details you can see on the photo. This wraps the end of my “Create and Improve” blog post.

There aren’t any videos as they aren’t too necessary as you can imagine a marble running down the track (self-explanatory).

 

Grade 9 Engineering: Develop and Plan

 

There are several factors I should when creating this device. I need to decide on what material I should be using. There are two different materials I am considering: Wood and plastic.

Wood: 

Pros: sturdy, aesthetically pleasing to some, very familiar to work with

Cons: curved cuts, and precision

Plastic:

Pros: flexible, clean looks, more resistant to the elements

Cons: hard to get custom cuts, may look plain

My final decision is using wood as my main material.

My toy will demonstrate energy transfer by showing a marble going on a U-shaped track (or something similar), losing and gaining potential energy and kinetic energy.

 

This was my first proposal. After starting to work I realized that there are many limitations and this will take too long. It is hard to make such precise cuts by hand and it would take too long to cut. There are too many cuts I have to make, which would take too long. I have to brainstorm alternatives and use a laser cutter as a cutting device. The marble that I will be using is ≤1 inch.

New Ideas:

A glance at a new type of track (top left) and the new marble (right).

 

After the laser cut was made, I had to decide on how the structure would stand. I thought of many ways and I decided that this idea would fit. Due to the height of the structure, I wanted “legs” that could reach that high. I found a suitable thickness would in the stockpile and went on cutting.

Once I started cutting, there would be a lot of work. Plan A (right) required me to make 45° cuts so it would fit perfectly with the surfaces. This would take too much time and the margin of error with a hand cut would be too large. Simply, it wouldn’t be stable. Plan B wasn’t the best idea either, so I went to plan C. The easiest way is to simply wood glue the

 

Grade 9 Engineering: Define and Inquire

What is this engineering task?

This task consists of four different parts. These different parts are:

-Design and make a toy that converts energy

-Take a renewable energy source and convert it into electrical energy

-Design and create a device that transfers energy

-Design and make a device that can be used to learn physics

 

The part I’m interested in is the last part. I want to design something related to physics. It can demonstrate many parts of physics such as kinetic and potential energy, velocity, friction, and possible inertia.

 

What are you thinking about doing?

Something that is appealing to me is to create a very short and portable marble run. At the start, I wanted to show energy transfer with Newton’s balls. This wasn’t original enough so I decided upon a marble demonstration. Here are the videos that gave me inspiration.

The marble run will be nowhere close to the of the video, but it will work similarly.

What are the pros and cons?

The pros of this idea are that it does a very good job demonstrating physics. It looks quite simple and is easy to understand.

The cons are the complexity and how it should be configured. There are an infinite amount of track layouts. I have to make one and make sure it is relevant (unlike the one above).

 

 

Substance Abuse Blog Post

What are the dangers of using substances to alter body shape?  Give specific examples and consequences.  What are some healthy alternatives?

The dangers of using substances to alter body shape can vary drastically. It could be physical or mental consequences. Here is a list of some of the negative effects:

  • Insomnia.
  • Anxiety.
  • Weight loss.
  • Dependence and addiction.
  • Dehydration.
  • Tremors.
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and cardiac arrhythmia.

The consequences can be unthinkable. Most of these drugs are performance-enhancing drugs, which means it boosts your performance in sports. Unfortunately, every drug has a side effect. The worst thing that can happen to you is to get fired from your profession. It could be the NBA, it could be club football. You can lose your income, or just die because of drug use. Since the effects of these drugs can cause anxiety, it can damage relationships and your life.

Some of the healthy alternatives to enhance performance is to live a healthy lifestyle. Don’t abuse or misuse things. At the end, the humans didn’t use artificial substances win.

Our One Day 2017 Project: The Cart

My friend Aiden and I were continuing to build on to our cart we made last year in ignite week. The cart was strong and it was pretty nice to sit on. The downside was, there were things that were coming loose and old. For One Day, we decided to replace things and add on to it to make sure it is safer and more comfortable to sit on.

At the end of One Day, we were able to add the protection in the back of the cart, do a maintenance check and tighten parts of the cart to make sure it doesn’t fall off.

We didn’t have many challenges throughout the day.

Here is our final project:

 

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Facing the Outside

Facing the Outside

 

It was a warm night in Cote d’Ivoire. I was walking on the dirt road next to my house with my parents. We were happy; we had enough food, and an education. Then I was going to tell my parents the best thing that happened to me in school.

“Mom, there something I want to sa…” CRACK! BOOM!

My ears rang, then I saw my parents lying on the ground, bleeding. My heart was empty, and I was confused. Then, my mouth was covered. I can’t breathe; I felt my vision backing up, then, Blackness.

I woke up, in the back of a car. I hear two men, talking and laughing. They were speaking French. I can’t really speak much French, but at least I still knew a little.

“Hey, we got a child with some muscle back there, we will earn so much money!”

I was alarmed, they’re selling me? To where? Am I going to see my parents? I couldn’t do anything about it. I only can stay in this filthy car.

“We got a big strong child there, how much do you give?”

“100 franc,” replied a man.

I was furious, how was I only worth 100? I wanted to scream in their face, saying that I was worth more than gold. I didn’t scream though. I didn’t want to risk a bullet in my body.

With all that thinking, I didn’t even notice what was happening. The two men carried me into the car, and they left. Leaving the driver and I.

“Hey, you back there!” he shouted, ”I’m the manager of the cocoa bean farm near here. This is what you should do when you get there: pick up the beans, plant the…”

He spoke for the whole ride. I fell asleep. I wish I regretted that though. Because for being “disrespectful” to him, he gave me a beating; and let me tell you, it was really painful.

It was a wooden whip, not a smooth one. One that gives you blisters. My whole back was bleeding. Even though the pain was incredible, I didn’t cry, I wanted to show the farmer that I was a man, a very useful one. Maybe he would be nicer to me in the future.

After the beating, I arrived at the cocoa bean farm entrance. It was dinner. My thought has been spoiled. The manager gave everybody rice porridge. No meat, no vegetables, no anything, just rice. Many newcomers complained, but the manager never listened into it. The complaining kids were sent to get a beating. My mind was literally bowing to them for they helped me not to complain about the food. But I felt sad for them. Most of the kids who complained were about 5 to 9 year old kids. A beating to them would hurt a lot more than me. So after the beating, I tried to make them feel better.

“Hey, kid, don’t worry about the pain, if you feel bad, you can always come to me,” I said softly.

“Thank you,” he said crying. He hugged me, even to me the hug felt better. Making me feel more confident for the next day.

The manager woke everybody up at five in the morning.

“WAKE UP! WAKE UP!” Screamed louder than a train.

He gave us orders, the kids who dry the beans, the kids who harvest the beans. Any unconfident kids made an automatic trip to the Drain. The Drain was the place we get a beating.

With only rice porridge everyday, I got skinnier and skinnier. And the burning temperature rose up to 95 degrees, made everybody feel miserable. But they couldn’t show it physically, we would get sent to the Drain.

Sometimes during work, I started thinking of my life weeks ago. I would go home from school, happily skipping home, and walking to the door and saying, I’m back! Mama would come and give me a big hug, and I coul play with Gail all afternoon. When I get back home, dinner was ready, I could smell the steaming soup, and spend my whole night with my family.

“Hey! Get back to work, you will get a beating and no food tomorrow!” He said furiously, “Follow me lad, to the Drain.”

Scream! Whip! At the Drain there were many kids. Especially the newcomers like me. Wooden whips were beating them all up; all of them had bloody backs. This scene was a scene I could never forget, the innocent kids getting beaten up, crying for their family. And for the first time in six years, I dropped a tear onto the ground, and started sobbing.

“GET UP KIDS! GET UP OR I WILL WHIP YOU!” The manager’s sound was again loud, but even louder. He was holding a thing shaped like a cone. It looked futuristic. It had many buttons, I was curious; I wanted to touch the cone-like gadget. Remember, son, don’t get too curious. Curiosity killed the cat. Mom’s words flowed past me. So I didn’t bother to look at it closely.

I worked hard, because when I get paid, I will buy some food and finally have something good to eat! I told my thoughts to some people.

“Hey, what will you do when you get paid by the farmer?” I asked.

“Are you dumb? The manager doesn’t pay you money,” a 15-year-old boy snorted.

I was so angry, I decided to march up to the manager’s house and protest. When I was walking to the manager’s house, I found a few other protesters. We all marched like soldiers into the farmer’s yard.

“Manager! Open the door!” I screamed on the top of my lungs.

When the manager opened the door, I could smell chocking smell of a cigarette, making me cough.

“What do you want?” The manager angrily.

“I want money,” I said firmly.

“No money, now get back to work, or to the Drain for all of you!”

I walked back to the farm. I saw this kid. I recognized him, and I walked towards him. Aman. It was Aman! I ran up to him,
“It’s so nice to see you Aman!”

“Me too,” said Aman, happily.

I was first very confused that Aman was here, but he told me that he was kidnapped and was sent here about a month ago. Aman also said that he found a secret exit and we can escape. I was so excited. I wanted to go now, to the outside, no slavery anymore! Aman told me to calm down. There were many guards and a fence. It would take a long time to get up. But the guards doesn’t matter, escaping was key!

 

 

 

After many trials, we still couldn’t get up the fence. It was three meters tall with seven guards. It was nearly impossible to escape.

One rainy night, there were no guards. Maybe because of the rain caused the guards to go back to their homes.

So we went under the cover of darkness, to the fence. After thinking about the escape plan for weeks, we thought we were experts. In seconds, we were over the fence and outside. We stared at each other, then at the forest ahead. Now I had a choice. Turn myself in, or disappear in to the forest.

We looked ahead and ran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A War Between Two Nations

 

I was at Zimu’s house when I felt a tight grip in my head. It felt like it wanted to tell me something. What is it? I wondered.

***

At dinnertime, I finally knew what the message meant. Chess. Now I knew what I wanted to do.

 

So I asked Zimu, ”Do you want to play chess?”

 

He gave me a sour face, but he still went for it. We went upstairs, and he got his chess set.

 

After that, we started playing, I actually didn’t know that Zimu was that good at chess. He started checking me only a few minutes into the game. Every time his vicious queen stares into the eyes of my loyal king, I either run off, or call for defenses. The first time I ran. I ran into the defense of my knights. Geez. This is a hard game.

Unexpectedly, Zimu’s Mom called us, ”Come downstairs to eat some ice-cream!” I was so scared that I jumped up and almost knocked over the chessboard.

 

“You better be careful Davin, I hate to clean up things,” said Zimu.

 

When we went downstairs, we enjoyed one of the best ice-cream sandwiches I’ve ever tasted.

 

Zimu said with a mouthful, ”Mmm! This is the best ice-cream sandwich ever!”

 

“Let’s go upstairs, shall we? I want to continue, anyway.”

 

Zimu shook his head in disagreement. He wanted to play something else, like play video games for a little while then we continue.

 

“Okay,” I said.

 

The war continued, I first tried to check him but he escaped my hand of death. With Zimu’s skills, some of my pawns died. When my rook and bishop died, I got weaker and weaker. I had to stay alive. But I used a strategy and took over the center. This can maker the opponent has less space to move to. I started gaining power. I killed some of his pieces, and he killed some of mine. It was getting late after that. We needed to sleep.

***

Yawn! I made one of the biggest yawns I’ve ever made. Zimu and I prepared for the day. At breakfast, Zimu and I were looking at each other like enemies. After breakfast, we ran upstairs and continued our chess game. I started to lead. I was almost won but Zimu got past it. The game was getting more challenging while our pieces were getting killed. So that ended up having many empty spaces so Zimu can escape very easily.

 

“No! No No No! I am going to die!” Zimu cried.

 

“Don’t worry, you might win.”

 

“Okay, I’ll try,” Zimu said with bravery.

 

There were only 4 pieces on the board. But Zimu’s Dad said we were boys and we had to go outside and play sports. So we did that. We rode our bikes to the soccer field to play soccer. It was no fun playing with only two people. So Zimu called another friend called Jamie to come play with us. Zimu and Jamie were better at soccer than me. That ended up me losing badly in the small soccer match we played.

 

“I’m so thirsty,” I said. “Do you want to buy some drinks?” Zimu and Jamie both nodded in agreement.

 

We bought some energy drinks and went back home.

 

We ran upstairs, panting like a dog.­­­­­­ When we got to the Zimu’s room, we were sweating so badly. Like two people on an empty battlefield, just finding an enemy after hours of searching. Staring at each other, ready to attack them with their bare hands.

 

There were only 3 pieces left. I managed to corner Zimu’s king, and it was a checkmate. Zimu had nowhere to go anymore. I put my queen on his king and declared victory. I won! I won! Yes!!! But Zimu sighed in frustration.

 

So I patted him and the back and said, ” So, you want to watch the movie now?”

 

Then, I saw his face light up, like a newborn star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A War Against Two Nations

A War Against Two Nations

 

I was at Zimu’s house when I felt a tight grip in my head. It felt like it wanted to tell me something. What is it? I wondered.

***

At dinnertime, I finally knew what the message meant. Chess. Now I knew what I wanted to do.

 

So I asked Zimu, ”Do you want to play chess?”

 

He gave me a sour face, but he still went for it. We went upstairs, and he got his chess set.

 

After that, we started playing, I actually didn’t know that Zimu was that good at chess. He started checking me only a few minutes into the game. Every time his vicious queen stares into the eyes of my loyal king, I either run off, or call for defenses. The first time I ran. I ran into the defense of my knights. Geez. This is a hard game.

Unexpectedly, Zimu’s Mom called us, ”Come downstairs to eat some ice-cream!” I was so scared that I jumped up and almost knocked over the chessboard.

 

“You better be careful Davin, I hate to clean up things,” said Zimu.

 

When we went downstairs, we enjoyed one of the best ice-cream sandwiches I’ve ever tasted.

 

Zimu said with a mouthful, ”Mmm! This is the best ice-cream sandwich ever!”

 

“Let’s go upstairs, shall we? I want to continue, anyway.”

 

Zimu shook his head in disagreement. He wanted to play something else, like play video games for a little while then we continue.

 

“Okay.” I said.

 

The war begun, I first tried to check him but he escaped my hand of death. With Zimu’s skills, some of my pawns died. When my rook and bishop died, I got weaker and weaker. I had to stay alive. But I used a strategy and took over the center. This can maker the opponent has less space to move to. I started gaining power. I killed some of his pieces, and he killed some of mine. It was getting late after that. We needed to sleep.

***

Yawn! I made one of the biggest yawns I’ve ever made. Zimu and I prepared for the day. At breakfast, Zimu and I were looking at each other like enemies. After breakfast, we ran upstairs and started our chess game. I started to lead. I was almost won but Zimu got past it. The game was getting more challenging while our pieces were getting killed. So that ended up having many empty spaces so Zimu can escape very easily.

 

“No! No No No! I am going to die!” Zimu cried.

 

“Don’t worry, you might win.”

 

“Okay, I’ll try,” Zimu said with bravery.

 

There were only 4 pieces on the board. But Zimu’s Dad said we were boys and we had to go outside. So we did that. We rode our bikes to the soccer field to play soccer. It was no fun playing with only two people. So Zimu called another friend called Jamie to come play with us. Zimu and Jamie were better at soccer than me. That ended up me losing badly in the small soccer match we played.

 

“I’m so thirsty,” I said. “Do you want to buy some drinks?” Zimu and Jamie both nodded in agreement.

 

We bought some energy drinks and went back home.

 

We ran upstairs, panting like a dog.­­­­­­ When we got to the Zimu’s room, we were sweating so badly. Like two people on an empty battlefield, just finding an enemy after hours of searching. Staring at each other, ready to attack them with their bare hands.

 

There were only 3 pieces left. I managed to corner Zimu’s king, and it was a checkmate. Zimu had nowhere to go anymore. I put my queen on his king and declared victory. I won! I won! Yes!!! But Zimu sighed in frustration.

 

So I patted him and the back and said, ” So, you want to watch the movie now?”

 

Then, I saw his face light up, like a newborn star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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