Capstone Video

 

The video above is capstone video. My capstone topic was about climate action which is the 13th goal out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Approximately I started my capstone project since one and a half month ago. I learned about all seventeen SDGs and chose climate action because I want to know how ISB do actions regarding climate change. Through this project, I could deeply understand about climate change and what can be solutions to solve problems.

Our awesome catapult !

Alicia and I be a team and did catapult project. This project is related to our module 4: quadratic function. When we through the ping pang ball using our awesome catapult, it draws the parabola. Then, we use Logger Pro to bring real quadratic function.

The most critical learnings were to know and to use different types of form: Standard form, x-intercept form, vertex form. Through this project, I also enjoyed transferring Height VS Distance graph to Height VS Time graph.The most challenging aspect of this project is the process of making catapult during the class time. The reason why it was the hardest one was we don’t know which design of catapult is the most effective to meet our goal. I want to make design differently because I am curious about how size or weight affect ping pang ball how another design is also efficient to meet our strategy. This project helped me to understand the different form of the graph such as standard form, factorized form and vertex form and the way to transfer graphs, for instance, standard form to factorized form.

 

Reflect in elevator pitch

This is the video for elevator pitch in the capstone project. I chose climate action out of 17 SDGs goals. In this video, I introduced my survey results and my stance about ISB’s action towards its carbon emissions.

Reflection

When I see my video again, I speak loud and clear enough that audience could understand my speech clearly. However, I think I need to work on gesture use and more eye contact. I did some eye-contact with audience but I don’t think its enough. The reason why I want to improve this is because gestures make people more understandable.

 

Polymer Journal 4

Basically, we had two prototypes, the prototype was original boogers and the second prototype is double boogers (which contains the double amount of ingredients). The first prototype had white color and the bubbles on it. The strength of it actually keeps heat but the limitation is that the first prototype only keeps heat in a white, just a few minutes. Compared to this, our second prototype, Insulax is more effective. It has white color and I could see the bubbles more than the first prototype. The strength of the prototype is to keep heat in a longer time than the first prototype. It is also easy to clean when you reuse. The recommendation in the future is to create one more function in Insulax because for costumers, having more than one function makes comfortable and they will buy our polymer more; have the function that effectively keeps heat and also store food.

Claim: Our polymer called Insulax was the most effective for meeting our goal because it meets all the criteria.

Evidence:

1: Slow temperature changes

2: Bubbles form:

3: Not sticky/Not slippery:

4: Different version of color:

5: Slow stretch/ Not break easily:

Reasoning:

Frist of all, from testing, Insulax keep heat. When we use Insulax, the temperature dropped 35 Celsius to 33 Celsius while the other one dropped 35 to 30. We set up 5 minutes limitation and the only difference is having our polymer or not, but with our polymer, keep heat better!

Secondly, our polymer forms the bubbles that show our polymer keep the heat.

Thirdly, it’s not sticky but not slippery that is comfortable.

Fourthly, we can use pigments to form different version of color which is great to attract customers.

Lastly, our polymer is not broken easily, we can continuously use it. Our polymer is not disposable Insulax so people can use many times with only one polymer.  When dirt sticks to it, Insulax is also easy to clean.

Recipe:

  1. Prepare 20ml borax, 40ml starch, 2cm glue with 14ml water
  2. Pour pigment to glue if you want color
  3. Combine borax, starch, glue and water in one and mix them
  4. Take out the Insulax
  5. You can stick wherever in the bottle or cup!

The first time my partner and I try to collect some ideas about heat insulator, we think it is impossible to make heat insulator on our own hand because we need to find materials which keep heat. However, we continued to research and think about the topic and finally, we could figure out that borax has characteristic of heat insulator, which keeps heat. I was interested in the test of our polymer production. It was fun to do experiments which prove Insulax actually be heated insulator because when I figured out that our polymer could work, I found it is interesting about the characteristic that borax has. Through this project and this unit, I learned that several interesting characteristics of materials and deep understanding of polymers

This is our video !

Polymer Journal 3

We are making a polymer called “Insulax” which traps the hot air inside and keeps the cold out, and preserve the heat in. For the final prototype, we want to include, pigment to create different colors of polymers, not sticky and slippery that can hold polymers easily in people’s hands, not heavily to carry for our target audience (people who travel/ kids and adults) and slowly stretches that people can easily change the shapes when they stick Insulax on their bottles.

First, prepare the materials that doubles up the amount of them bellow. Glue: 2ml (original boogers: 1ml) starch: 40ml (original boogers: 20ml) borax: 8ml (original boogers: 4ml) water: 14ml (original boogers: 7ml)

First, prepare the materials that doubles up the amount of them bellow. Glue: 2ml (original boogers: 1ml) starch: 40ml (original boogers: 20ml) borax: 8ml (original boogers: 4ml) water: 14ml (original boogers: 7ml)

 

Second, mix them all, will show up Insulax bellow.Second, mix them all, will show up Insulax bellow.

 

 

 

Third, pull Insulax out from the cup and stand them together with using your hand

 

 

 

 

 

After the 3rd step, you will find many bubbles

 

 

 

 

 

Test that shows success of criteria

#1 Temperature changes (borax keep heat): 

#2 Bubbles form:

#3 Not sticky/Not slippery:

#4 Different version of color:

#5 Slow stretch/ Not break easily:  

 

#1 temperature change

Trial 1 Trial 2
Experiment with sticking the prototype to plastic bag with hot water to a plastic bag

Time: 5 minutes

Result:

34.5 –> 31 Celsius

(3.5 Celsius decrease)

Amount of borax:

8 ml borax

 

Result:

35–> 33 Celsius

(2 Celsius decrease)

Amount of borax:

20 ml borax

 

Experiment with not sticking the prototype to plastic bag with hot water to a plastic bag

Time: 5 minutes

Result:

34.5 –> 30

4.5 Celsius decrease

Amount of borax: 

8 ml borax

Result:

35 –> 30

(5 Celsius decrease)

Amount of borax:

20 ml borax

Left: Insulax to plastic bag with hot water Right: Insulax to a plastic bag without the prototype

Our purpose of making Insulax is to keep heat. Consequently, very extreme temperature change is not good for our prototype. However this testing demonstrates that we already fulfill our purpose( keep heat) and criteria.

 

#2 Bubbles form

bubbles on the Insulax

Bubbles is one of way to prove that our prototype actually keep heat directly

#3 Not sticky / Not slippery

if our prototype is slippery, it would not stick to the water bottles. Our prototype shows that it is not slippery but not a lot sticky.

#4 Different version of color:

people might like these colors

#5 Slow stretch/Not break easily

Insulax slowly stretch and not break easily, which means that customers who buy this will not confuse of changing shapes easily. Also, our prototype is not break easily and stretches so customers easily cover it around the water bottle as well.

 

Our awesome item, insulax fulfilled all of 5 criteria. These evidences prove that our prototype works!

 

 

 

 

 

Polymer Journal 2

The goal of our polymer project is to design a polymer that can be used as a heat insulator. Our first target market audience is for travelers because our heat insulator will bring significant effect to them. Our heat insulator will help them carry easier than carry a thermos. Thermos includes many different materials such as steel and glass, but our polymer only includes boogers with borax to keep heat, which is light. Due to its light, it is cheaper than thermos, so I believe our heat insulator will help adults who travel. Our second target market audience is for teens and kids. Our heat insulator also help them because if they use our heat insulator, they would not need thermos anymore. Not only our polymer is simple and cheap but also our polymer has many different versions of color that kids might like. Therefore, we want to make sure it has physical properties to include borax to keep heat, pigment to create different colors of polymers, not sticky and slippery that can hold polymers easily in people’s hands.

Polymers that we are looking for is gloop, boogers, and super slime.
From our testing, Gloop’s slime rate is 3 ( not slimy not sticky). This is important fact because we want our polymer to stick on the water bottle so that can keep the heat of water bottle. If the slime rating is 5 ( very slimy), it will not stick to the water bottle because the polymer is very slimy
Boogers characteristic from our testing is extended in slow and quick pull test, slowly stretches, and helps to keep heat. Our polymer’s role is basically to cover plastic bag. If it suddenly broke, it would be uncomfortable to users (super slime is one of it that easily break in quick pull test; uncomfortable). We are focusing on heat insulator, which helps to keep heat. Boogers is one of it. The borax has the characteristic of keeping heat and the borax is one of the materials which is necessary to make boogers. Therefore, we are looking for boogers with more borax on it.

Our plan to develop our prototype:
First, design our product
Second, make boogers with more borax on
Third, do several tests to proves that our product is a success
Fourth, make an awesome video for selling product

Our method to show that our polymer is working is to compare the temperature between original boogers (8ml borax) and our prototype boogers. Our prototype boogers is adding double amount of materials needed for boogers. After making two boogers (one is original, one is our prototype), boogers covers with each two plastic bags, which contain hot water. After then, you need to set up 5 minutes limitation and to test how much temperature drop in 5 minutes. If our prototype’s temperature drops less than the boogers and our heat insulator is working. Also, we have to check whether our polymer has bubbles or not. The reason why we have to know there are bubbles or not is that bubbles are the main evidence that shows rather it keeps heat or not. The bubbles form means the hot air inside the bubbles. Therefore, to know our test is successful or not, we need to record both temperature change and the bubbles formation

 

This is the only source I used in second journal http://www.borax.com/insulation/

 

Polymer Journal #1

Polymers are materials made of long, repeating chains of molecules. There are two types of polymers, which are synthetic and natural polymers. Firstly, synthetic polymers are derived from petroleum oil and made by scientists and engineers. The primary examples of synthetic materials are nylon and polyethylene (the most common plastic). Secondly, natural polymers occur in nature and can be extracted. The primary examples of natural resources are DNA, Protein which from nature.

The first main synthetic polymer, latex’s natural resources come from the rubber tree, and it uses for pillow and bed. The second main synthetic polymer, nylon’s natural resources are silky materials such as wool, cotton, and silk. Nylon uses to make socks. Like this, synthetic materials latex and nylon are all made from natural resources. The rubber tree is the natural source of latex, and the natural sources go through the chemical reaction, which led to becoming synthetic materials. Then, how do natural resources go through a chemical reaction to become synthetic materials? How does rubber tree be latex and be a latex pillow?

The chemical reaction is closely related to polymerization. Merely saying, polymerization is bonding process of monomers. The series of chemical reactions that are used to change natural resources into synthetic products is called chemical synthesis. Usually, natural resources become the source of the synthetic materials. The polymerization begins here. The process of connecting natural monomers in a chemical reaction and create large macromolecules of different characteristic (size, shape, etc.). Therefore, from this process, natural resources make synthetic materials.

cotton (natural resources from nylon, synthetic material)

Rubber tree ( natural resources from latex, synthetic material)

Sources I used:

https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-polymerization-definition-types-process-reactions.html
https://www.livescience.com/60682-polymers.html
https://www.cmu.edu/gelfand/education/k12-teachers/polymers/natural-synthetic-polymers/
http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapter6/lesson12
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymerization

Revolutionary Voices Journal

Amazing, astonishing, and startling, my excellent writing here! I wrote my journal based on the French Revolution. The main character of my journal is called Mort aux Aristocrats. He is a peasant in the French Revolution.I learned many imagery grammars such as appositives, absolute sentence and participial sentence and I used them well in my journal. Also, I use varieties of revolutionary vocabulary that readers could understand more deeply.

French Revolution in Simple English

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After learning and several times researching about the French Revolution, Justin, Erica and I created a awesome video!

Its 8 minutes long and we uses very simple english words that even 11 years old might understand what we are talking about!

Enjoy the video!

 

Non-fiction blog posting: Al Gore Our Choice

 

The book Al Gore Our Choice is a non-fiction book that written by Al Gore. The purpose of this book is to ways awareness about the climate crisis. Firstly, it introduces six different types of air pollution. Furthermore, it suggests ways to reduce global warming such as; solar power and wind power. In the introduction of the book, the author uses quotes from an old African Proverb “If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” (23). The author Al Gore mentioned that he used the sentence: “to solve the climate crisis, we have to go far,” not only using quoted sentence but also using similar words before he finished the chapter. “…to help stop global warming” (18). As you see he is mentioning every chapter, we could know that the idea of this book is to solve the problems (climate crisis, global warming etc.…).

 

I could see same key elements as ‘Al Gore Our Choice’ from another book and media. I found the same idea from the book called ‘The Fair Trade’ and the YouTube video called  “What is Fair Trade”.When I read the book, I suddenly got curious about the global issue and I found the interesting topic, “Fair Trade (is a social movement which stated the goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading condition and to promote sustainable farming, the main and basic concept of it is supporting the producers.)”. Actually, those YouTube videos & the Fair Trade book and Our Choice book have exactly the same idea and the theme. The first two videos both explained about the successes of the Fair Trade is in your hand and in your choice. “Fair Trade, the power is in your hand” (3:53). As you can feel from this sentence, Our Choice book mentioned that we can solve the problem in our hands (ways). Also, the first video showing we make a change in your hand. It explains that the problem of the fair-trade system is what and Fair Trade exist because to give equal chances to farmers but if consumers don’t buy the products, the farmers can’t earn the profits at all. The second video called  “The Fair Trade Story” actually has the exact same idea from the book because it introduces and describes how can we solve the problem of the Fair Trade system. “Here are few things we can do. Educate yourself…” (4:17). Then, it has the same idea because the book also introduces and describes the ways and tools to solve the problem. By analyzing this evidence, I found out that these two sources have the same ideas.

 

Bibliography:

Gore, Al, and Richie Chevat. Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis. Viking Children’s Books, 2009.

Work Cites  

*http://www.fairtradeamerica.org/