One of the main flaws that I saw on my design is that it was a bit too simple. So next time if I were going to make it again, I would maybe add some more materials like for example wood, wheels and (if I didn’t miss one class of designing) I could maybe execute putting parts together better.

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Create & Improve

Picture order: Left to right, top to bottom. On the first day, I was struggling for ideas. I wasn’t too sure about how exactly I would be able to simulate energy transfer from mechanical energy to light energy. The next day, I decided to change up my motors and fan. I also tried to change the positioning of the wiring, and it worked. The light turned on. For my final touch, I added two cardboards to hold the fan up to be able to make the design more aesthetically pleasing.

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Develop & Plan Fan

For my planning, I decided to make a model of a fan that can power on a light. With a motor, it will be much easier for my fan to power on energy to move. Once the fan can start moving, the light will be able to spark.

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Flame Burning String

This example is showing a lit candle being pushed by mechanical energy towards a string. The string holds two balls on both sides, and once the string breaks, the balls will fall. This is an example of mechanical energy and light energy to gravitational energy. Although this is simple, this type of energy conversion can be used for more complicated tasks to make life more efficient in ISB.

If I make something like this, I have to consider specific details such as looks and placements of objects. Some constraints I might have could be materials.

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Theater Design Project

For this project, we created a nightmare world on a fake theater stage. I always had a nightmare of sometime when I am sleeping, a random stranger comes to my room and stabs me. As you can see in my design, there is 3 background walls, the middle wall contains drawings of different types of knives all with blood on their edges. The outer walls contain blood markings all over the front. In the smack center of the stage, there is me with a sword going through my heart, blood leaking and me dead. Overall, I would consider myself unsuccessful considering my creativity lacked and my cutting skill also wasn’t the greatest. From this project, I learned how to be aware of how my audience can see everything, learned positioning objects in the theater and also my skills in cutting and gluing. If I were to do this project again, I would add a lot more objects in my theater like maybe a bed where I’m sleeping and another actor there who stabs me. I would also be more creative with my back walls, draw better knives and think of something that looks better than just red dots.

Kevin Yu’s design: I see a table and a chair with a round moving circle in the middle of the table, no one sitting on the chair. There is a black wall at the back. This limited objects and empty space shows the amount of isolation and loneliness in the room, Kevin’s nightmare is about him being lonely and by himself without anyone. The things that sticks out about this design is the solo seat. The fact there is just one seat there and a small table shows all of the emotions in his design. With these emotions, I would consider Kevin both successful and unsuccessful. I think that Kevin lacks creativity in his design and doesn’t have enough materials to see what can be done if actually acted. Although as I said, his design as a lot of emotion. Next time if I was Kevin, I would maybe add a person on the stool and maybe put some words on the back wall to show his depression.

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The Dangers of the New Generation

My topic this Capstone project was Obesity, where you are grossly overweight and fat. I have learned about the dangers of that issue and how this problem is increasing in China in the newest generation. From this project, I educated people the issue of obesity in China and made people more aware of this issue that isn’t overly significant in China. Before this project, I believed that obesity was inexistent in China and only was a problem in USA. But after hours of research, My belief has changed. If I could do this project again, I would spend more time planning my documentary and editing my iMovie. For the next year 8th grade students, I want them to know that this project requires a lot of focus, research and planning. And they should pick a topic that they are interested in.

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Graphing Flying Balls

During the end of module 4, we started a project in math called the catapult project. The purpose was to build a catapult that can fly a ping pong ball. The goal was to graph the height distance and time. We used the design thinking process to build it.


From this project, I learned how to better analyze graphs and write them. I also learned how to design catapults and make it look good and work well. Next time, I would design a better catapult. This project helped me learn about each part about a quadratic graph in all forms and made my graphing life easier.


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Saving a Dying City

Have you ever imagined a perfect world? Where problems didn’t exist and the sky was actually blue. This was what went through Lina’s mind the entire time she lived in ember. She always thought that their was a way out of ember to the land she always dreamed of. And in the end, Doon and her found the way out of a dying city. They had to go through many hardships to get out of the city, and because Lina was motivated, they saved the people of Ember.


Lina was born in a dying Ember. Because there is no sky in Ember, they rely on lamps for light, and even the lamps were starting to flicker. They were also running out of precious resources that the early ember had a lot of. Once Lina’s grandma found a hidden box inside their closet, the letter was chewed up by Lina’s sister Poppy, so Lina had a hard time identifying the word’s on it. She finds her friend Doon, which she knows also wants to solve Ember, and they start figuring the letter out. The letter was talking about how to leave Ember to the outside world. So Lina and Doon followed the Instructions and they brought Poppy along with them on the trip. The entire trip took a couple of days and nights and once it was over, they finally found the way out of Ember. The book ends with Lina and Doon throwing down a message to Ember saying the instructions to get out.


Therefore, Lina and Doon’s heroic actions saved all the people of Ember and kept the human race alive. Clearly with some bravery and courage, anything can be done and you can succeed.


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Polymer Journal #4

Polymer Journal #4 by Evan Lou

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Polymer Journal #3

Polymer Journal #3 by Evan Lou

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