Documentary video- feedback

I use “Powtoon” to create my documentary video about Gender Equality in China. This video shows my understanding and research of my topic. I think I did pretty well on the design and the information. In the video, it shows many examples of gender inequalities. I think next time, I can make the video more interesting and more clear.

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Catapult Project

This project, we created a catapult use many materials such as rubber bands, bottle caps and popsicle sticks, etc.

The most important learning in this project may be related to standards, vertex, and factored forms. I know how to use these three forms, but this project made me use them more, so I became more familiar with them. Also, I learned how to use Logger Pro properly.

The most challenging part for me was actually building the catapult, as everything works in the theory. But when actually try to apply that to the real world, is not working very well. We need to define the problems and solve it.

I would probably design my catapult to shoot further if I could choose one thing to do differently. Even though our catapult can shoot very accurately, but the distance was short.

This project helped me in my understanding the quadratic by using three form of functions correctly.

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Science Polymer Project Journal #4

Prototype 1:

2 cm of glue

4 ml borax

50 ml liquid starch

10 ml water

10 ml PVA

Prototype 2: (Our final product)

40 ml white glue

9 ml borax

5 ml water

Simply pour all the substances into a cup and stir till everything mixes together. Then knead the polymer once it has a shape.

Final Reflection: 

For the past few weeks, Harry and I have been testing and testing to find the perfect polymer for the “Omni-Potent Cushioning.” This cushioning is primarily applied on seats but can act as a heat insulating material, a cooling, and a shock absorber for your phone.  We tested our prototype and put ourselves in the shoes of people who face terrible bike seats on public bikes. Although our first Prototypes were not ideal, we continued to test and refine our polymer. Finally, after four classes or so of fastidious refinements,  we created a polymer that we were, overall, pretty satisfied with (we did find out that Prototype 1 was definitely more comfortable though, so we’ll be marketing both Prototype 1 and 2). All in I believe that my partner and I worked hard to create a product that can have a real-world impact.

This is our final video:


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Elevator Pitch about Gender Inequalities
This is a video of my elevator pitch about our Capstone project. I’m talking about a big issue around the world, which is “gender inequalities”. The elevator pitch can help us to practice the formal presentation skills, and clarify our research.

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Polymer Project-Journal #3

Harry and I are creating a polymer that can do everything, but our main focus is to act as a cushion for public bicycles. We want our polymer to have the ability hold its shape, have a cool temperature, and have a soft surface.  After testing the base polymers: boogers, super slime, and gloop during science, we decided that we would make our final product soft like boogers, but be able to keep its shape like gloop.

We want the Physical Properties to include:

  • Cool
  • Not slimy
  • Soft
  • Flexible
  • Water prove

Prototype # 1:

2 cm of glue

4 ml borax

50 ml liquid starch

10 ml water

10 ml PVA

1/2 a day of sunshine.

Goal: Successfully create a product that can hold its shape.

Our first prototype used traits of “Boogers” and “Gloop” to create the procedure. We notice “Boogers” are very soft and “Gloop” can keep its shape.


Bounce Test

Bounces 4 cm off the table.

Shape Test:

The slime dropped after about 40 seconds.

Stick Test:

This slime was sticky.

Through the test, we notice that our prototype # 1 is too slimy and sticky, and it also cannot keep the shape. Those traits are not useful for our final product.




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Science Polymer Project Journal #2


Our Specific goals:  

The goal of our polymer project is to create a polymer that can make a soft and comfortable cushion for bicycle commuters.

Target Market Audience:

Our target market audience is public bicycle commuters.

How will this help them?

Everyone has a bad memory of sit on an uncomfortable seat. All the bicycle companies want to save money, so quality is often times damaged. But if we can design and create a product that could change those uncomfortable seats to some soft seat by using a soft and cool polymer.


Using Observations of Base Polymers:

We notice that “Super Slime” is not really slimy and it feels really cool. These features are important, because of we want our products not feel weird and slimy in its bag. Also, the temperature of the slime could make the seat be much cooler in the hot summer.

We notice that “Boogers” were too slimy, I don’t think that is helpful for our product because is too sticky.

We like how if we were to put something akin to “Gloop” in our final product in a bag, it would be durable and pretty soft.

 Describing Our Polymer

 We want our products Physical Properties to include:

  • Cool
  • Flexible
  • Soft/Gel that doesn’t stick, not slimy
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Science Polymer Project Journal 1

What are synthetic materials?
Synthetic materials are human-made materials.
Examples: Fiber, Plastic, Nylon, Rubber, etc.

What are natural resources?
Materials or substance such as minerals, forest, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic again.

Examples: Wood, silk, soil, DNA, etc.

What is the polymer?

A substance that has a molecular structure consisting chiefly or entirely of a large number of similar units bonded together.

What is polymerization?

Polymerization is a process of reacting monomer molecules together in a chemical reaction to form polymer chains or three-dimensional networks.

Sources I used:

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Chinese Revolutionary Voice Journal

We spend a lot of time to inquiry message and research, we share our idea to class and get more information. We use that information to write a journal of Chinese Cultural Revolution from the first person point of view. This journal gives reader message of what happened during Chinese Cultural Revolution, and use figurative language, dialogue, characterization, etc… to make the reader feel like the main character, to feel his emotion. I use journal to share about 3 key events/turning points.

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10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know | Connect with the topic

The book “10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should know” written by Kari Kampakis. I choose this book because this book is writing about the truths that girls should learn and know. In this book, it has 10 big area that’s girls confused or worry about it. The central idea of this book helps girls to solve problems and learn some new knowledge and truths.

The first chapter is basically talking about Popularity, in school, it has a lot of girls are popular and they are being mean. The author gives the reader a story, that about two best friends, one of them what to be a “Queen” of their group and want more popularity, so she starts to bullying and being mean to her friends. In my own life, it also has a lot of problems like this, sometimes I’m confused why they are being like that? And why people are following mean girls? Typically it’s not because they like her. The mostly reasons list below:

  • They want to be popular-and popularity by association works fine
  • They crave security
  • They want to stay on her good side
  • They’re unaware that better friends exist
  • They’re using the mean girl for personal motives
  •  They’re scared to leave

And sometimes friends hurt friends because some of them are not your real friend. Those question below, you should ask yourself.

“Choosing good friends begins with knowing their heart. Is their heart in the right place? Do they love you even when you’re at odds? Are you a better person from knowing them? If you’re sick and can’t go to school, do they miss you? Do they volunteer to pick up your missed assignments? Is your absence felt when you’re not with the group?”(Popularity,15)

The science of mean girls, 7 insight about popularity.

This link below is additional information that teaches us how to deal with mean girls.

In our own lives, it always has this kind of things happened, means girls and not real friends around you. This book gives me a strong method and message to learn and solve problems. Most people want to be popular in some way, some of them are being nice and some of them are being mean. We can let mean girls control us and have our power, so we need to deal with it.

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Nonfiction blog post – Quiet Power the Secret Strengths of Introverts

Quiet Power the Secret Strengths of Introverts, written by Susan Cain with Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz. This book is written about why people so quiet and how can they talk more, the strengths of introverts, the author use some story of the introvert kids to telling us how to face the problem and how can be yourself. This book gives lots place of quiet and what happened there.

In my book cover, I use this picture because I think this picture can show an introvert person. I use a quote from the book ” Why are you being so quiet?”, I think this is a hook also a theme of this book, readers could interest about this question and they can find out the answer to this question in this nonfiction book. Sometimes people will think is extroverts person better or introverts. This book answers this question, the only thing is you need to be yourself, it has a lots strengths of introverts problem. For example in the classroom when teacher aks question if you are a introverts person, you can strike early, identify your best entry point, use notes or observe your classmates. Don’t afraid when the teacher asks questions.  Introverts and Extroverts are both great, the most important thing that is you need to be yourself. “Don’t try to be someone you’re not, in order to impress. A true friend will appreciate you for you. Don’t fake being an extrovert to gain friends.” (page 90) It does not always have more friends is greater than just have one friend. “One good friend is so much better than a lot of acquaintances. Even if that means sometimes you’re along, it’s better than having to be fake around people.” Use your own words “Rember that nobody is a mind reader. Eventually, you’ll need to speak up to make sure that people know how you’re feeling. A true friend will want to listen.” (page 93)


This is a TED video of Susan Cain

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