Polymer Project #3

 

As we thought about our product more and more, different ideas about the properties and materials going in it changed. For all the prototypes, we made a specific test to test the bounce, stretch, and maneuverability. We did these test to further enhance the properties of our product. The things we motioned in the test, the polymer needs to end up having (the physical properties). The first prototype came out as a success and fulfilled all of our needs plus some of our wants. It was strong with a good bounce and was easy to take apart and reapply. But we thought we could do better. For our second one, we wanted to use cornstarch and PVA, to be a slimmer oobleck but after not using the phone for a while, the cornstarch would harden to a point where it was hard to change it. So it was a bust. We failed for the rest of the prototypes, with the first one being the best.

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Polymer Project Journal #2

For the second part of our polymer project, we had to make a polymer ourselves with a purpose that can have a big impact on today’s world. Getting basic knowledge from doing the activity about making different polymers and making oobleck (a non-Newtonian substance) will help us create the new substance with the materials we had. The playing with polymers experiment was fun and interesting, making slime and using materials we didn’t know like borax, PVA, and more. When making ideas, we had ideas about safety and comfort. But we ended up making a protective case for phones. This product was targeted to the middle school to college age, but still can be used by anyone. It would have comfort on your fingers with an ability of molding, it would bounce if dropped and protect the back and front. The problem was that we needed the case to be able to bounce while being solid.

 

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Elevator Pitch

For humanities, we were supposed to make a say a speech that is around 1-2 minutes. The reason why we did the speech/pitch is to tell everyone how important our SDG (sustainable development goals). We had to get information about different facts, quotes, and cited websites. Then we had to condense the facts into a 1-2 minute pitch. I spoke for a long time and I had good eye contact with great facts, but I was fidgeting and moving my hands. Overall I did pretty well.

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Polymer Experiment Journal #1

In science, we are learning about polymers and how to create them. We made a whole bunch of different slimes, Goobers, boogers, and super slime. In class, we had to make notes about the two different types of polymers (natural & synthetic). Natural polymers are materials that grow naturally in the earth, synthetic polymers are polymers that are man-made and created in factories, workplace, etc. Some of these synthetic polymers are used for plastics, fabric, and more. but most of the synthetic polymers use natural polymers to help create a synthetic polymer.

 

List of Natural Polymers

• Water

• Minerals

• Forest

• Fertile land

List of Synthetic Polymers

• LDPE

• HDPE

• Nylon

 

https://www.cmu.edu/gelfand/education/k12-teachers/polymers/natural-synthetic-polymers/

https://www.tutorvista.com/chemistry/synthetic-polymers-and-their-uses

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SLC (Student Lead Conference) Presentation

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Revolutionary Voices Journal: Syrian Revolution

Our project, hard and tough, was to write about a character that was linked to our revolution. The project was to write a 3-day diary about events and current times in that certain revolution. I had the Syrian revolution, so I knew exactly who to choose and who to write about. I wrote about the catalyst’s mother and her challenges trough the Syrian revolution. In the journal, there will be three turning points and types of conflict. Those turning points were chosen because of how the changed the revolution in a whole.

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Non-Fiction Blog Post for The Great and Only Barnum

In the book, The Great and Only Barnum there was a lot of connections to other texts and movies. One of the biggest movies that have a big connection to this book is The Greatest Showman. Both types of media were talking about Barnum, a gentleman that made the carnival big and popular. They both also talk about his challenges and the risks he had to take through his life. The book, The Great and Only Barnum talks more about his life specifically instead of all the people around him. The money and the thought behind his idea of a carnival. The movie, The Greatest Showman was more about the characters and how he changed lives of different looking people. But both stories include elements like theme and characters of Barnum’s life and everyone around him.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” (P.T Barnum)This quote from P.T Barnum has a big impact on both stories because it was used in both of them. While being more evident in the movie, the quote helps develop key points in both stories. How he used “monsters” in the carnival was a key point. The quote helps us in understanding why he used “monsters” as a way he made money. While less in the movie, people thought Barnum was a criminal that used people just to make a few dollars and was not a showman nor an actor.

The connections (while being evident) were shown greatly through both stories and I recommend reading and watching both of stories about P.T Barnum’s life and issues.

Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCTMGYUg9A

Look more about P.T Barnum:http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-p-t-barnum

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Found Poem for The Killer Angels (The Battle of Gettysburg)

I made a found poem to help explain the resolution and the types of characters in the story, I used a text of the story (The Killer Angels) to get all my words and pictures.

The found poem depicts a scene or feeling of horror and racism in 1900s America. The feeling I show is equality (the feeling of having it) and the feeling of death when fighting for your country or being forced the fight against your country. The racism (after the war) was diminished and when president Lincoln made The Gettysburg Address he claimed to end all slavery and to keep things equal. The Killer Angels is about the specific dates and what happens on the dates (July 1-3) AKA The Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg is a 3-day battle which was fought in Gettysburg. The battle raged with two sides, The Confederate and The Union. In the battle, The Confederate was known as The Army of Southern Virginia  and The Union as The Union. The strategic battle laid out in the made the book more enjoyable and fun when reading because you can see in the mind of the generals when pursuing  their attack. The biggest part of the resolution was the surprise that The Union won, this was the first time General Lee lost a battle. But when reading the book, without any former knowledge this book can be a bit to hard or complicated for you.

 

Interesting facts about The Battle of Gettysburg:http://www.softschools.com/facts/civil_war/battle_of_gettysburg_facts/864/

Why the Civil War started:https://www.civilwar.org/learn/articles/civil-war-facts

 

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Substance Abuse (Blogpost)

What is the danger of using substances that alter body shape? Give some specific examples. What is a healthier alternative?

Many effects of using substances to alter your body shape can be deadly, some of the effects can be chest pain, stroke, suicidal thoughts, and even sudden death. The effects are endless and the dangers of taking substances are so high. Ways to avoid these substances are Exercising, eating healthy, and good friendships.

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Boxer Rebellion

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