No Poverty Capstone Final Video Reflection

Poverty has always been a problem and a heartache for me, and I wanted to acknowledge the world about the seriousness and the consequences that poverty can bring. I could have done better with a more sympathizing and not broad video, without the information that could have bored the people watching the video.

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Capstone Project Elevator Pitch

Poverty is a big problem in China. Covering this topic I had a lot to research, and a lot of information to talk about. This was an “Elevator Pitch”, where a talker is only given short amount, usually 2 minutes to talk about a certain topic. There are 500 million people in poverty here in China. Just neglecting the fact that nearly 500 million people make under $2 a day was just irritating to me. I have never considered this before I got to research this topic, because the amount of rich people I met in my entire life overshadowed the entire topic. Getting into this, my eyes were open to many sources of information.


The speech part was good, speaking in right voices, although I did stutter a lot during the speech, and I have decided that I would go without a note card. Since I have practiced without a note card in front of my mirror, I thought it was a good choice to follow what I did from the practice. The following result wasn’t very profitable, because the lack of notes made me stutter on informations that otherwise should have been perfectly fine to speak about.

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Polymer Journal #4

The 1st prototype was used with the standard gloop formula + 7mL of borax and 8 mL of water. The result was a shiny white polymer that both stretched and stuck when under pressure. The prototype was knead and promptly put into testing. Due to it’s size, we weren’t able to fully cover the water packet aforementioned test on the prototypes, and the results weren’t that good either. The plan was to make the polymer larger with more borax. We used double portion for the gloop formula and 20mL Borax and 16mL of water to create a larger version that contained more borax. The testing was successful this time, beating the control water packet by 3 degrees Celsius.

Adding more borax into the mix certainly helped with the insulation bit, but what could have been better is the amount of stretch. When placed around a cup, it would stretch and create a blob on the floor in only 4 minutes. We moved on to plan B and made it so that it would stretch and go over the cup. This certainly helped the polymer more viable, but since the amount of stretch correlates with the effectiveness of the insulator, we figured that the perfect mix would be about 15-17 mL of borax, but we were running out of time, so we couldn’t create another prototype.

The first prototype that we tested was not effective, as it only beat the control pack by 1.5 degrees. The size of the polymer was also a problem. On the second prototype, it was big enough to cover the entire packet, and it was more stretchy and beat the control by 3 degrees. Since this had the stretch of our plans, and it succeeded in the test, we decided to make the video with the second(last) prototype.

During the project, I learnt about how improvements can be made based off of only 1 trail. Unfortunately, class time was short, and we only had that much time to develop a polymer, and 1 trail was enough to set the goal on what we should focus on for the rest of the class time.

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Polymer Journal #3

The polymer that we will use as an insulator must have properties of stretching, sticking and reforming. The polymer should stretch into any shape that the user wants it to, and the ability to stick onto the said surface. The thing that worries me is the fact that if the polymer is easy to stick and maintain that stick for a long while, it will stick on any surface, rather than the surface the user wants. We’ll be monitoring the cm of glue that we are using throughout the prototype testing. The amount of borax used will be also monitored, as it changes it’s stretchiness and the power of the insulator.

The base formula will be Glue, starch, borax, and water. The amount of glue will determine how sticky it would be, and the starch will determine how stringy it will be, the borax, for the insulator+ the stretch, and warm water to mix the borax into, and add after the starch was added. the amount of it could alter. I would first try out the standard gloop+ 7mL Borax and 8mL Water for the first prototype, and we will see what the prototype is lacking, and add the following. 

The prototype testing should be the polymer wrapped around a hot water pack, and another control water pack with nothing to insulate the object. If the prototype polymer wrapped around the pack causes less heat loss within a 5 minute period, the polymer will be up on the list, ranked by the effectiveness.


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Polymer Journal #2

The target of our polymer is to insulate heat. This can mean that it could go around or above whatever it is trying to insulate. Putting the polymer around the cup will be the best way to insulate something, and we will try that out first. The main concern about that is that if it falls off after a short period of time, then the whole polymer will be useless. If we make it more sticky, it might stick to every surface and go everywhere when someone drops it, which will not be useful.

The target audience of this polymer will mostly be in a regular household, where the polymer will be likely used to insulate hot drinks. It could be adults or children. It could also be used by travelers for a quick and easy thermos.

Having a cold drink is just terrible. A cup of tepid drink will turn cold in only 5 minutes, and this is a terrible way to start the day, and it will stick for the rest of the day. The nice cup of coffee in the morning is what starts the day off for most adults. This will both help in situations that are serious, (i.e. Lost in woods and have to reserve the hot water) and those are that are more light.

The polymer will have to be stretchy but not stretchy enough to just sink into the drink, but sticky enough to stick to whatever surface that it is pushed into. This polymer will have the ability to insulate because we will use borax and coat the polymer. we will do this by pouring the borax into the starch and mixing it, and then mixing it with glue to create our prototype.

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Polymer Journal #1

Polymers are truly marvels of the 21st century. Although being exposed to many different polymers in this world, I never took time to further analyze how this could be possible. So, what are polymers? In  a nutshell, a polymer is a large molecule composed of many repeated parts. There are two groups of polymers, synthetic and natural. Synthetic products are Manmade artificial products, while natural polymers occur in the wild. Some examples for the synthetic polymers are Plastic and Kevlar, and Natural polymers are Oil and Cellulose. Plastics are used as construction materials and Cellulose is used in paper.

The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity.


Polymers are formed of many monomers, which are short repeated parts of a polymer. Polymerization is the process in which monomers chain up to form Polymers.

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Revolutionary Voices Journal: publication time

With week of research and hard work, I have created three journal entries regarding the American Revolution.
The three separate journal entries are written in a perspective of an American Colonist. The choice to make this a perspective of a colonist is the simple fact that they were the ones affected by the most. The colonists were taxed and infuriated, resulting in the revolution. The greed of the British empire lead them to give up the land in America.

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Red Madness-Nonfiction Writing piece

Milk, and meat, things we take for granted in the modern world. But how about in the past? Has types of food we eat always affect us? What did we do to improve the food we eat? What happened to force us to adapt? Turns out, survival was grim back then, malnutrition, and plagues roaming in poor areas. Because back then, the citizen did not have clean food, as it was considered for the wealthier people and peasants did not find a reason to keep their food sanitary.


In 1914, a peasant farmer walked into the hospital, describing that a mysterious disease that got more intense as his life goes, and drove him insane every spring with the constant rashes, peeling skin and diarrhea. Pellagra was a rare disease, so doctors were surprised to know that the percentage of people with pellagra grew as time passed, not even knowing what has caused the disease. First speculation was about infected corn, and how they contained a virus that infects humans. So, after the rise of the pellagra in the regions, the hospitals gave the patients a well-balanced meal absent of corn, to test out the speculation that they have thought of. The treatment was effective, and the peasants would return to their normal everyday life. Seems like a happy ending, but after the treatment, the patients kept coming back with the same symptoms, but now with the rashes a bit alleviated. This time, the doctors were sure that corns were not the ones to blame.


Second theory, malnutrition. This theory made a lot more sense than the one listed above, as it explained why the more upper-class citizen did not get pellagra. Just as a reminder, meat and milk these days were a luxury, and only the rich possessed them, eating them at their leisure. The doctors gathered the patients for a test that will hopefully distinguish the main cause of the problem. After the test results came out, the researchers found something interesting. every patient who had pellagra showed at least minor symptoms of malnutrition, and was lacking vitamin B12, also known as niacin, which are found abundant in meat. These we do not need a lot of since the human body takes care and creates most niacin, but as time passes, the body produces less, and the body needs more, thus adding to the pain that the patient is facing. The peasants did not need much of an assistance, at least 1 slice per month or so will be fine, but they couldn’t get any. This needed to change as soon as possible, and the red cross was just ready to roll.


“It came to the red cross’ mind, and they promised milk and meat to be more available.” Gail, p.68

This whole madness’ solution was simple enough, but nobody argued that they will start to help the children because they needed their money for their survival, and besides, they felt like it was wasting money. Since the red cross’ proposal, the pellagra rate dropped significantly, now that proper nutrition is reaching the proper organs and functioning just as predicted, a group with 1 less madness, and to the world with 1 less madness.




War on Pellagra


Dietary Ideals in America

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The Book Thief- Resolution

The book The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, portrays several emotions using vivid imageries and through thought or dialogue. One of such writing techniques are used at the epilogue of the book, where the main character dies, knowing that she had survived war, with all the support from her loved ones.

First, let’s talk about how this novel portrays the theme of love.
“From the toolbox the boy took out, of all things, a teddy bear. He reached in through the torn windshield and placed it on the pilot’s chest.”
Although we do not get information on who this boy is, his name is Ruby, at this scene in the book, he has dedicated himself to acts of love, either small or large. Unfortunately, this type of plane, where the pilot is barely even alive, is the one that bombs the Himmel Street, ending his life.

“They hugged and cried and fell on the floor.”
This quote comes near the end of the novel, signifying that they have reunited, seeing that they have survived the horrible times of war with each other, the only thing that kept them alive were the bonds of the things that the protagonist loved.

This novel not only portrays the theme of love, but some can argue that this novel portrays the theme of war. War has not really changed over the course of millions of years, war has revolved around the same idea. Taking over a portion of land/society to further benefit the society they live in. This act usually resulted in genocide and killing of civilians. That is why there is an old saying: War, War never changes.

“The last time I saw her was red. The sky was like soup, boiling and stirring. In some places, it was burned. There were black crumbs and pepper, streaked across the redness.”

The vivid emphasis of color in this quote really does hold up Death’s personality(?). This passage clearly shows that the sky has turned red, steaming, like something has set everything ablaze. The first sentence, “The last time I saw her was red.”, symbolizes that the supposed character that Death sees, is covered in blood. Now it is because of this passage that delivers that war is very cruel and disgusting that it should be discontinued for the peace of our future world.

“That was one war started, Liesel would soon be in another.”

This given passage refers to the invasion of Poland, crossing with her bad day at school, where she was beaten multiple times by her teacher, and then the teacher went on to beat two other kids by herself. Now obviously this situation in school must be stressful. Which is why this day is compared to a war. This shows how civilians get mentally stressed in the course of war, and could be mentally scarring for some. This also contributes to the theme as it’s ulterior meaning is that war scars people not only physically, but mentally as well.

At the end of the day, war leaves tons of population scarred, both mentally and physically. However, our protagonist in the novel The Book Thief, stays sane with the support of her loved ones. Without these kinds of support, she would have been never able to see the light of day. Which is why, the theme of the novel The Book Thief, is War and Love.

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Strokes, Kicks and Drills.



This blog post is about Aquatics, a Physical Education unit in 8th grade.It was about swimming and water polo. We got to play water polo and it was great fun. In the swimming side, we did HIIT, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training, which exhausted me out.

In the beginning, I set my self a SMART Goal, which was to improve the time in the breast stroke. SMART goal is a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and timely goal that was set in the beginning of the unit. I focused on my kicks and strokes and timings of kicks and strokes. I think I have improved on timing of kicks and strokes, because I became fluent with the cycle of the breast stroke. I assume that I also improved in strength of my kicks and strokes because each stroke carried me farther and farther. I would say that the biggest change was the timing of the kicks. Before, I would always have a small kick after the initial kick, which wasn’t really good to look. After the unit, I became aware of that and reduced the number of times that I kicked after the initial kick. If I did this longer, I would try to get rid of the small kick and put more power into the kick rather than my strokes.

At first, I didn’t really know what to do to improve my breast stroke speed. I asked coaches for assistance, and they provided me with plenty of drills I could do to improve my kicks, timing of my kicks, and arm strokes. I made sure to include at least 1 of them to my plan whenever I was asked to write the plan for the class. Slowly, I began to swim faster in breast stroke.

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