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.

Plan:

  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

Polymer Project Journal 1

April 23, 2018

Pictures on plastic pollution to the environment and marine life.

Perception or beliefs about plastic pollution in the ocean.
For the capstone project, I would like to focus on plastic pollution in the ocean. For plastic pollution in the ocean, I often feel pretty sad about it. As a sailor, when I sail past a plastic garbage floating on the water, I feel disgusting. The first time I saw those, I just released that not only air pollution, plastic pollution is in our daily life also. It was the first time that I thought human are causing more pollution than we think. Where the pollutions are not only limited to land, it spread to the ocean too! After noticing the plastic in the ocean, constantly, I saw more posts about how marine animals are life threaten by the plastic in the ocean. Many were on the edge of death when people start to help them. I feel sad for those animals, I felt ashamed. I feel horrible when the ocean I love is been polluted. But while I am on the water, all I can do is not to litter. Bring all my garbage back on land. So I wanted to know more about it, and help the ocean a little bit.

Identified problem/community need/action required
Awareness about plastic pollution, and start action though daily life.

What I fear
I fear …
– I might have a title that is too vague
– I can’t decide on which direction to go on
– I didn’t notice what should be detailed and what should be vague

what do I hope to gain from this research?
I hope through this research I would gain knowledge about plastic pollution in the ocean, and how can I help to reduce the plastic pollution. How can I help to save the ocean and marine life from plastic? How plastic effects marine life? …

My possible message
Pollution does not only exist on land, it is in the ocean as well. Plastic pollution can just be as serious as any other pollution, because “what goes around, comes around.”

Feedback:
I would like to have feedback about ideas of which direction could I possibly go on. Or a question that I could research about this topic.

Student Led Conference

March 21, 2018


American Revolution link:

http://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/video/The-American-Revolution-In-Plain-English/eb91c9cf27077ae613b6c773825ecdc9

 

Acro-yoga video link: http://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/m/613c7e4ba78de6f8805f1449aab0db7339a0bb19845b6f2498024720f5cd4141b662bb3a9af1a41eef654ddfcdb4f746e247815539c58ddbdab32f59114eefe4 

 

DT Robot link: http://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/m/10e924a8bfdf9c49ffe50d875539bc50250f40fcc2ec8a3eadcd6020442160139b49edf8a4d1a5cd7e9aabd88362d1d75785ebdef7092d0fdf06641b4989adc3 

I am Isaac Horton, a 14-year-old boy who is born in an ordinary farming family, living near Boston. I’m living with a family of seven, my parents, three brothers and three sisters. Our life was pleasant, we had enough food and clothing to support our daily life. We even had a bit extra money to spend on our habits.

Throughout the 20 years of revolution, life has somewhat changed. One of the biggest changes was we are ruled by a government instead of the crown. We now don’t have a king or queen anymore, we have a president. Our president was chosen by voting, our men have some choices now. Not only we have some choice on who we choose to rule us, we also have the choice for whom we want to be. Before, if you were born poor, your future will be definite poor. Your wealth and position in society were mostly depended on the family in which you were born in. Now, if you were born poor, you could work your way to wealth from a very poor lad.

Though life didn’t change totally, some had stayed the same. For example, slavery, it was still in place. Slavery became even more significant in the southern states. Treatment of the Native Americans remained the same, they were still not treated the same. They were often prosecuted and those who sided with the British had their village burnt. And still, the wealthy landowners and merchants dominated society and politics.

Our video about the American revolution in plain English sums up the progress of America developing from a colony towards independence during the 1760s to the 1780s.

 

Video link to dragon’s tube : https://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/video/The-American-Revolution-In-Plain-English/eb91c9cf27077ae613b6c773825ecdc9 

Most people heard of the child marriage happening in the Middle East, but do any of you know what is life like for these girls? Life for these girls are not like dreams, there are reality. Where the world is not equal. In Nujood’s story by her book I am Nujood, Age 10 and, we can see the controlled life of the girls in child marriage, where they suffer the painful reality in both day and night.

Nighttime might be considered as their nightmare, where it would only be the start: “When the door crashed open, I was startled awake, and thought that the night wind must have come up unusually strong. I’d barely opened my eyes when I felt a damp, hairy body pressing against me. Someone had blown out the lamp, leaving the room pitch dark. I shivered. It was him! Without a word, he began to rub himself against me …” (Ali 75). It happened on her first night away from home, when she had already feared the unknown future before it happened. Feared the about her fate going uncontrolled in the world of male. Feared of being alone, away from her family. Though what she feared had come to face her. Every day, without consent having sexual interaction with her. Again, and again, building up pressure for Nujood. Building up the fear and loneliness of Nujood. Nujood was alone, she had no one to ask for support, to ask for help, to complain with.  When he even started hitting Nujood whenever she fought back, he had his mother standing beside him encouraging him to do this. Nujood had to keep all her fears and worries all to herself. If Nujood wanted to escape from this, she had no one to count on except herself. Suffering the fear and loneliness at night, she is also treated unequally at daytime. At night, Nujood suffered from him, at day, she can’t take a rest either. His mother forced Nujood to do all sorts of housework. Where Nujood doesn’t have any right to do anything. Treated like a slave, “I had no right to leave the house, no right to fetch water from the stream, no right to complain, no right to say no”(Ali 91). Nujood’s position in the family is very low, as her mother-in-law treated Nujood as a slave, ordering her to do things that are impossible. Causing Nujood to bear a second layer of pain, trapped inside, not able to call for help. Alone to face all these pains and fears, feeling like living in prison.

Comparing to myself, we are not similar at all. In Nujood’s country land, her life is similar to most Yemen women’s fate for life, it will be hard to be uncontrolled by male. Whereas, on the land I live, most women were taught to be individual leaders of ourselves, we could have the choice of fate in our own hands. We could be the captain of our own boat, no matter is it a small single-handed dinghy or a large keel boat, we sail our own way.

With all these suffers, child marriage would only cause harm, there won’t be any benefits. Casting a huge shadow about marriage and man to these girls. Their life is under total control in world of adult males, comparing to myself, our lives are not the same, nor the world treated us equally, nor being similar to be having a peaceful life.

Image sitation:

Foster, Alice. “Where in the World Are the Burka and Niqab Banned?” Express.co.uk, Express.co.uk, 7 Dec. 2016, www.express.co.uk/news/world/652842/Burka-Niqab-Islamic-Face-veil-Ban-UK-Fine-France-Belgium-Netherlands-Europe-Muslim-dress.

Sibookdragon. “I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui, Translated by Linda Coverdale.” BookDragon, 17 May 2014, smithsonianapa.org/bookdragon/i-am-nujood-age-10-and-divorced-by-nujood-ali-with-delphine-minoui-translated-by-linda-coverdale/