PJ Entry for theatre

February 12, 2019

  1. What were some of the significant activities in improvisation and what did you learn from them? (you choose the ones that actually taught you something)
  2. What did you do that was NEW to you or CHALLENGED you in some way? (if it was new, please make sure to say what you got from this -OR- make sure to say how or why it challenged you)
  3. What did you do that SUPPORTED your current knowledge or CONFIRMED/REINFORCED something you already knew? (make the connection for me. How did it support or confirm?)
  4. CONNECT the improv unit to your current theatre/acting practice or something outside of the theatre. (what connections can you make and what is the result of that connection in your learning?)


  1. I think some of the most significant activities in improvisation is the one with two chairs and two people go up there and create a scene with a starting line provided. Also, the bench activity right after and the search engine that knows everything. These three activities are the ones I remembered the most. The chair activity with a starting line to create a scene one, this activity made me realize how important it is to react fast to the scene, to think of ideas quickly in order for the scene to continue. If I don’t develop this ability, I can only follow the ideas of other people, repeating the same thing, not able to create something of my own. It also made me realize, even though I was trying to keep myself away from my shyness, but deep inside of me, I was still that girl who is frustrated, shy, don’t know what to do. Nevertheless, I still made it, and “survived” it through!!! The other two activities were the ones that made me comfortable on this class, the activity was easy but still requires you think fast on what you are going to say. It’s like magic, that after these two activities, I don’t feel as much fear towards presenting than before. In these two activities, I also found a way to make myself relax and clam, which helped me to not be panicking inside me heart. (it’s just swigging my legs )
  2. The activity where we need to shout out different kinds of claims, it’s a new thing to me. No one had ever asked me to do something like that, so I felt pretty weird at the beginning. The activity was at the beginning of the course, I tried to let myself out, but all I felt was embarrassment. L I didn’t felt I can act as free as I am now, so this activity was more of a challenge than a learning activity.
  3. I know that I need to develop the skill of fast reaction, and through the activity mentioned in the first part I found my ways to relax and clam myself. So during class, I used my method to relax and clam myself down. When I’m relaxed, I often think and react better to different situations. By this way, it help me develop the skill fast reaction.
  4. As improv helps me to fasten my reaction time towards different situations and help to become relaxed in unknown situations. I found myself more confident outside class as well. It helped me with my public speaking skills as I become more confident in my abilities to react. In my other classes, the most I fear is having to do presentations. Though recently, I just finished one presentation, and my feedback from my teacher was I was very confident during presentation. This is the kind of comment that I had never imagined my teacher would give me. I had barely place myself into the category of confidence in school. I guess this is just the first step of more success! In theatre, I do feel much more relax and free during any of our practices as well. I guess confidence played a big role as well. J

link of the video: https://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/video/Engineering-Project-Jennifer/15a75170efe0d168f9740831dc5e7b8c

To use this toy, you start by putting a marble(smaller than 3cm in diameter, larger than 0.5 cm in diameter) in the trigger handle. Pulling the bottom of the trigger handle will gain elastic potential energy due to the rubber band attached at the bottom of the handle. As you release the grip, the elastic potential energy will change into kinetic energy. The kinetic energy helps the marble to shoot up to the top of the platform. Because the platform is set at an angle, so the higher the marble is the more gravitational potential energy it will gain. As the marble is shot up to the top, it increases more gravitational potential energy. When the marble hits the blocker at the top, the gravitational potential energy converts into kinetic energy, and the marble rolls to the bottom of the toy with kinetic energy.


Successful Areas:

  • It is working like I had imagined
  • The change of using wood for some part of my product helps to improve my product in durability
  • Using hot glue gun as my adhesive efficiently help my product to function


Possible areas for improvement:

  • A  plastic cover over the platform, so the marble will be in total control
  • maybe considering covering the product with cardboard so it will be visually appealing at all angles
  • Add more little tricks to the game so it will be more interesting to play
  • adjust the measurements between the little wooden stick on the platform so the marble won’t get stuck sometimes


Impact on the environment and the potential client/ consumer:

  • Mostly made out of cardboard – reusing resources
  • Creating homemade toy that people can enjoy during parties, playdays…

The product is mainly made out of cardboard which is reusing resources when in our daily lives many other products are packaged in cardboard. Most of that cardboard is not appropriately recycled and making toys like my product helps to reuse the resource and change it to a product with different usage.

By creating these homemade toys like my product can help strengthen the relationship between parents and children during the building process, and children can enjoy the toy with their friends to help them socialize as well!


At this point, I’m worried about the material I should use for the part where I attach the trigger handle and rubber band. That part helps the trigger handle to boast off, and all of the energy of trigger handle comes from this piece. So I was worrying wheater or not can cardboard maintain the strength. So I asked people’s opinion, and most people suggested me to use wood. And so I tried using wood and the product end up well.

The platform is finished !!!


For the marble to roll down to the bottom part more efficiently, I decide to make the platform tilted to an angle. By this decision, I added two pieces of cardboard on each side of the platform to form a tilted angle.

Everything is working pretty well, the added pieces of cardboard made the whole product stand pretty still. Although the cardboard wasn’t cut to the right measurements, it still worked well! 🙂


Later on, I decided to cut the extra piece of cardboard off to make it more visually appealing. And added the last parts to make this whole product a game — making marks for different areas and it’s worth of points.

My product can be played as a toy now!


Now comes the testing part.

This is the link to Dragon’s Tube, if the video doesn’t work 


YAY !!!

It’s working!!!

  1. Risk Taker
  2. Positive and Energetic
  3. Aware and in control
  4. Focused
  5. Active listeners
  6. Cooperative & collaborative
  7. Efficient
  8. Leader & followers
  9. Positively critical and able to act on criticism


1. Which of these qualities do you feel is the most important? (and why)

Being an active listener is what I think is the most important quality because being a good listener is what I think the fundamental quality of communication, improvement, collaboration, efficiency, being a leader/ follower…  Not listening makes people lose the opportunity to process information and react upon it. If someone doesn’t listen, it will cause every activity pointless and a waste of time. Therefore, I think listening is the most essential quality.

2.  Which one of these qualities do you feel you need to work on this semester? AND WHY (don’t forget the WHY part)

Risk taking is what I think I need to work on this semester. Ever since I was small, I tend to reject most things that were new to me. I was always scared of the unknowns. Even though it is improving as I get older, but this is still one of my weakness. And in theatre, risk taker is a crucial quality, because in the theatre many things are unknown and require risk-taking for me to step out of my comfort zone and into the unknown. So this semester, I feel like I need to work on risk-taking.


This is the scanned version of the sketch of my product, my plan for the four classes are:

Wed: make the prototype

Fri:  finish off the prototype / test it

Tue: test it/ make adjustments/ create one with a laser cutter if possible

Thur:  final adjustments/ finish with the laser cutter product

What is this engineering task?

Design and make a toy that converts energy


Take a renewable energy source & convert it to electrical energy


What are you thinking about doing (this can be multiple ideas)

For the toy part, some sort of a car that runs base on whatever kind of energy. If it uses a renewable energy source and converts into electrical energy then, it could be both.

Possible kinds of energy:

  • gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy (a car running somewhere high to elsewhere low in a track)
  • elastic potential energy to kinetic energy (having something to being shoot away or one of the videos below named “rubber band powered car”)
  • Using wind power like a sailboat


After watching some videos online, some are interesting ideas, so I embedded it down below ↓

Embed images and links of ideas you like /don’t like



only watch this video from 7:45 – 8:25


ANALYZE those ideas: WHat are the pros /cons about those ideas

PROs for the videos:

  • easy to make (mostly require DIYs)
  • contains  a simple theory about energy transfer
  • reusing resource (environmental healthy)

Cons for the videos:

  • Maybe it’s too simple for a ninth-grade science project?
  • the price of the solar panels are high
  • fire risks from the candle and wires
  • many are not durable enough

Through this Capstone Project, I have learned more about the issue of plastic in the ocean. Before, I never knew where would plastic end up. I never knew something in our daily life would cause a significant impact on the environment; however, nowadays whenever I could reduce plastic products now, I would try to stop myself. Whenever if I have time, I will pick up the plastic in the ocean when I sail. During this project, I also used my communication skills for the survey and on the trip with the Hutongs to interact with others and complete my work.


For next years 8th graders:

The Capstone Project is not an easy task, be sure to pick a topic that you would fell in love with it, or a topic you would actually care about it. This way the Capstone Project would be very interesting for you, and it helps you to inspire your ideas to create the documentary film. And finally, during the research stage, keeping yourself organized is crucial. Especially your sources, you might not realize during the research stage, but when you come to the stage where you need to cite every fact. You will find it difficult not having your sources organized.

I hope everyone enjoys my video! 🙂

The target audience of this “Super Sillow” would be people who wake up with a sore neck and people who have back problems/back surgeries. What the Super Sillow would is when the buyer’s head moves around when they sleep the pillow would automatically adjust to their head’s position so that they have less stress on their neck and back. We would stuff super slime to stuff the pillow in. We chose super slime because when you apply pressure to super slime it would curve in/compress. However, it won’t compress too much which is good. We also chose super slime because its not sticky.

The target audience of this “Super Sillow” would be people who wake up with a sore neck and people who have back problems /back surgeries. What the Super Sillow would is when the buyer’s head moves around when they sleep the pillow would automatically adjust to their head’s position so that they have less stress on their neck and back. We would stuff super slime to stuff the pillow in. We chose super slime because when you apply pressure to super slime it would curve in/ compress. However, it won’t compress too much which is good. We also chose super slime because it’s not sticky.


  1. Get a plastic bag to substitute the covers of a pillow.
  2. Dump a ton of super slime till the bag is a little more than half filled
  3. Make sure super slime cannot escape the plastic bag
  4. Find someone  to be your experiment rat