Improv unit

During the improv unit we did a lot of interesting and fun activities, but for me, there were a few that stood out, and I felt I got the most out of. One of the first ones we did was “spaghetti and meatball.” This activity seemed weird to me at first, because I didn’t understand how you could tell a story by only using two words. The only way you could communicate and show what you meant was by the way you said, “spaghetti and meatballs” and your body language. By doing this activity, I learned the importance of tone and facial expression. I also learned how to sense a tone. When you are doing improv, it’s essential to sense the tone of your fellow actor as well as their face. So that you respond in a way that makes sense. There are so many ways to say a sentence. You need to think about the tone because that decides whether your character is happy, sad, mad, dreamy, etc. The tone can also tell your fellow actors if it’s a question or a statement and helps them again respond in a way that would make sense.

 

Another activity that helped me was “The computer with all the answers.” The reason why this was useful to me was that it helped me understand that you can’t take time to think about what you are going to say, or plan what you think people would say. You have to go with it, be open to what others say, and act based on that. For me, this was challenging because I like to plan what I’m going to say, and take time to think about it so that it makes sense, but since it was going so fast, I had to say the first thing that came to mind to complete the sentence.

 

The last activity that I felt learned a lot from was when you were put in groups, and you got three words that had to be in a scene you would make. In this task, you learned the importance of collaboration. You choose what you are going to do based on what the other characters are doing. You also practice creativity. The three words rarely matched each other, so you had to figure out with your partners how you could embed it into a story and make the story make sense. For me, it was challenging to stay in my role, because sometimes I wouldn’t know what to say or I would feel like I messed up. Staying focused and not stop up (just go with it) if you make a mistake, is something I need to practice, so that’s why this activity was helpful.

 

Something that challenged me the most was not being afraid of making mistakes. In improv, it’s important not to stop, if you say something “wrong” you have to keep going so that the scene doesn’t stop. It was also letting go of the “right and wrong ” mindset because you can’t really say something wrong in improv, it might not make sense, but it’s not “wrong.” The only thing considered “wrong” is if you deny the other person’s offer because then the scene won’t go anywhere.

 

The most important rule of improv is having fun. I’ve done acting outside of school and in school, and everywhere I have been I have heard ” Don’t forget to have fun.” We haven’t learned improv by reading texts or studying, the way we have learned it is by doing fun games and in those games, we learn useful skills. Confusious said once “Tell me, and I will forget, show me, and I may remember; involve me, and I will understand.” and that’s what we are doing we are getting involved and understanding improvisation.  If you are performing a piece, it shows if you are having fun while doing it, because of the way you are engaged, the way you talk, and you have a more confident look.

 

Improvisation is a skill you use more than you know. Life is improvised. There isn’t a script for how you are going to live your life. You do stuff based on the environment around you; you act based on what people say or do. When you have a conversation with someone you don’t come prepared with a script of what you are going to say, no, you improvise. In improv, you learn to listen; we have to process and respond not just react. Responding is a skill that is needed everywhere. We can sometimes be too caught up in planning what to say, that it doesn’t make sense with what has been said because we didn’t pay attention. By doing this unit, we have practiced the skill of listening then responding not overthinking what you are going to say. Teamwork is another key concept of improvising. One person says something, and you say “yes and”; accepting one idea and adding to that idea is what keeps the scene going or a project going. By doing improv I have learned to not be afraid of doing mistakes, being more confident and being more collaborative.

 

 

Blogpost #4

Blog post #4

Our last prototype ended up as a vehicle that is powered by chemical energy.

Video

The way it works:

Energy can’t be created nor be destroyed it can only be converted from one form to another, which was the point of this project to show this transfer.

In the batteries, there is chemical energy. This energy is stored and is only taken in when the chemical bonds break and is only being given out when chemical bonds form. When these bond is being formed again it gets transferred into the motor where it turns into kinetic energy. Since the motor is connected to propeller the propeller starts moving, forcing the boat to move forward. In this process, it’s not only kinetic energy that chemical energy transfers into it also comes out a bit of solar energy and a lot of heat energy. That is the reason the motor gets really hot after a while.

Even though my project didn’t end up the way I expected, it kind of worked. We wanted to create something that shows a transfer of energy something which our project does. By using batteries our vehicle moves forward. The thing that we also were successful in doing is learning from our mistakes. When our product didn’t work, we found out what the problem was and fixed it. I also learned a lot by doing this project. I learned how to solder which was very interesting to see how easy the metal melted and how fast it hardened. We might not have ended up using this method in the final product but at least we know how to do it.

Our project isn’t perfect,  it still needs some improvements, first of all, it doesn’t have an on and off switch. The way it stops is by taking out one of the batteries. This, of course, is a problem if it’s supposed to be a toy for children. It also doesn’t look that good something that is important if it is supposed to be a toy.

The problems we had in the process was that we didn’t check if all or materials worked before putting the thing together. This caused a lot of unnecessary problems, that took up a lot of time. Since first our motor didn’t work and then our solar panel didn’t work, meaning we basically had to start all over again. Another problem I had was that I didn’t ask for help when I was soldering, it was something I had never done before, and it, therefore, took a lot of time.

Our last prototype goes on batteries something that isn’t as environmentally friendly as it would have been if we used a solar panel. Batteries are pretty environmental friendly because it’s not polluting it doesn’t let out a lot of co2 or other substances that go out into the atmosphere. However, when a battery dies it becomes harmful to the environment because we haven’t really found a way to recycle batteries in a not harmful way. If we had used solar panels it would have been a lot more environmentally friendly, because the sun gives out renewable energy that isn’t harmful to our planet. But everything has a downside because even though solar panels are environmentally friendly the way they are made aren’t.

The impact this product has on the client (which in my case are children) is hopefully joy and to have something fun to play with, it’s not that hard to make so it can be a toy that you have to build yourself and then they can play with it. By learning how to build it and understanding how things work, they can also learn something from it. Just like I did.

Blogpost #3

Blog post #3

We started by cutting out all the pieces in styrofoam. Then we glued it together the way we wanted it to be. We made roof where the solar panel was supposed to be. The roof was a little tilted so that it would be sun no matter where the sun is on the sky. Our motor was also a little tilted so that the propeller would go in the water.

 

At first, we (Stephanie and I) really struggled to connect the wires from the motor to the solar panel. We used a very long time because we have never soldered before. We should have asked for help earlier then we did since we spent a lot of time on this part. After connecting the wires we found out that our motor was totally broken so we had to change it. Meaning we had to solder all over again. At this point, we did ask for help and a teacher said that it would be easier to just use electric tape.  Prototype #1

After putting everything together,  we found out that our solar panel didn’t work with our new motor. Something we also should have checked before connecting everything. After this didn’t work we decided to not use solar energy and instead use batteries, and let it be more like a toy car that goes on chemical energy.

Our second prototype looked like this:

Since this was our last time working on it we started to realize that we can’t really change much, so we decided to just go with it and let it be a vehicle that goes on land.

Theater Process Journal

What did we/you do in class?

So far our main focus has been improvisation, so all the games and stuff we have done has been focused on that. We haven’t only focused on the talking part of improv we have also done games where focus on eye contact, keeping something in focus, and basically just using your body as well. Lately, we have done mostly improv where we declare something and then a partner has to add on so that it makes sense. We have also done a game that’s called spaghetti and meatballs where we focus on our tone and how it’s possible to understand a plot and what’s happening without using words.

How did you respond to what you did in class? or, what did you notice about what you did?

I feel like what we are doing in class makes me more confident to talk in other classes. During acting, it’s okay to say something wrong and make a fool out of yourself, and I think that’s an important lesson to learn.

What is something that you learned about theatre that is NEW to you?

Something that I learned was that in improvisation you just have to go with it, and not deny or plan it in your head, because you don’t really know what the other person is going to say, and no matter what you have to keep the scene going.

What is something that either supports or reinforces what you already knew about theatre?

The importance of body language and tone to what you are saying. The things that we did in class sometimes didn’t involve talking at all, but we were still able to act out a scene. That supports my claim about how important it is to be aware of body language and tone when you are acting.

 

How can you connect what we/you did in class to other areas of your life – theatre-related or otherwise?

We worked a lot on being confident in what you do, especially look confident. This can help me in other classes when for example I have a presentation or just talking in front of the class.

 

 

 

Blogpost #1 Science and Engineering Project

Blogpost #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tqMRHEUks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_an8AlywBrQ

https://www.engineeringforchange.org/news/how-to-build-a-solar-powered-usb-charger-for-phones-and-other-small-devices/

https://makezine.com/projects/solar-powered-boat-prototype/

In this engineering task, we have to makes a toy/thing that shows transfer of energy.

By combining science and engineering we will try to make a successful toy.

These are the ideas that I liked the most and felt were achievable within the time limit given.

My idea from the start was to transfer solar energy in to kinetic energy to make something move forward.

The best way of doing this is by using solar panels. The idea I liked best was the idea of making a boat with solar panels. My target audience will be kids between 6 and 12.

Pros

  • The boat seems like a very interesting idea that no one else is doing
  • I have a general idea of how I’m gonna do it. It’s a pretty good explanation on the website
  • It’s clear where the transfer of energy is
  • It’s creative and I can make it my own

Cons

  • Not sure if I can make the boat float
  • The solar panel might not work with the motor
  • Might not have enough time
  • End up not looking that good

Polymer Journal#4

Prototype Observations

Prototype Observations Strengths for this Prototype Limitations for this Prototype
Prototype 1:Noodle slime The polymer was too stringy, it wouldn’t stick together and would fall apart, just like homemade noodles The prototype wasn’t too sticky and was very stretchy. It couldn’t stick together at all so when it would have to stick onto pans it would not work
Prototype 2:Noodle Slime 2 The polymer was very similar to the first noodle slime however it was thicker It wasn’t very sticky It could not stick together and was too thick to be able to stretch
Prototype 3: This slime was too sticky and wouldn’t hold itself It was very thick and sticky The polymer was too sticky and wasn’t stretchy at all. It would break apart right away.

 

 

Prototype Claim

Use evidence from above observations to complete.

 

Prototype # __4__, called _____Heat Reduct∞_______________, was most effective for meeting our goal because:

It was thick but stretchy and was sticky enough to attach itself to pots and pans, it was very durable and had a great grip.

 

Method of Final Design

Give a summary of how your final product will be made.

Make sure you list the steps and amounts used.

 

Materials

  • 30 ml PVA
  • 88 ml Glue
  • 118 ml water
  • 15 ml warm water
  • 5 ml borax
  • 900ml Beaker
  • Cup

 

STEPS:

 

  1. Mix PVA with glue in beaker
  2. Add warm water
  3. (Additional: Add food coloring)
  4. Mix
  5. Add borax into a separate cup with water
  6. Add borax mixture into the beaker.
  7. Add 10 ml of PVA
  8. Add 5ml Borax
  9. Mix
  10. Add 15ml Borax
  11. 15 ml Glue
  12. Mix
  13. Add a spoon of Gelatin
  14. Add 10ml of laundry starch
  15. Add 1 ml of borax

Reflection

What was the process like?  What was challenging?  What was interesting?  What did I learn?

The process was very difficult for us. We wanted our polymer to be able to form around a person’s hand like a glove. We tried various ways to make the prototype perfect, at the end we had to give up. We had spent too much time trying to create the perfect prototype, so we needed to go with what we already had. We decided to ditch the glove idea and just go with a prototype that you could form into whatever shape you wanted. The reason why we chose this idea instead of one of the others was that this prototype was heat resistance. Instead of using it as a glove you could use it to hold hot materials, such as hot cups, hot pans, hot bowls, etc.. The new idea worked really well. We made a great commercial and I think we learned that we shouldn’t make everything so complicated because the simple ideas can often be the ones that turn out the best.

Polymer Commercial 

 

Polymer Journal #2

Our Goal:

The goal of our polymer project is to. Protect your hands from fire when handling with flammable products.

 

 

 

Target Market Audience

  Target Market Audience How will this help them?
Target Market Audience #1:

 

 

1.     Campers/ hikers

2.     Bakers

3.     Flamethrowers

4.     Firemen

 

1.When making campfires

2. When handling hot baking tools.

3.     When juggling sticks that are on fire

4.  When touching hot stuff (e.g. clothes on fire)

Possible Target Market Audience #2:

*just in case you have more than one target market audience

 

 

 

1.     Parents

 

 

2.     To prevent any  unwanted harm from fire or hot/ flammable substances away from their children

 

 

 

 

Describing Our Polymer

 

We want the Physical Properties to include:

  • Stretchy
  • Moldable

 

Polymer Characteristics We Are Looking For

*Gloop, Super Slime, Stretch-tastic Slime, Oobleck

 

Polymer Characteristics Why this is important
 

Boogers

 

Mouldable

Not that sticky

 

 

When we create the glove we don’t want it to be very sticky because it would be hard to take off in the end. And the mouldable characteristics allow an easy application.

 

Goobers

 

Thick

 

With the material being thick then it can act more as an insulator to heat because the exterior of the glove would be further away to your bare fingers.