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The Hidden Invasion- SDG 15

This video is about the sustainable development goal I worked on. During this trimester, we worked on our Capstone Project, a task requiring in depth-primary and secondary research of a current issue in China. My issue was about invasive species and why they are important. The important message throughout my project was that invasive species are a grave issue.

Elevator Pitch- Invasive Species

This video is a short speech about invasive species and why it is important. One thing I did well during the speech was keeping eye contact and rarely using any filler words. However, I could have talked slower instead of rushing my words. I could have also used more gestures to support my points. Tips for my future self is similar to what I can improve. In the future, I should talk slower and be more confident in what I want to talk about. I should also have a clearer conclusion rather than finishing off my speech in a sudden.

Polymer Project Journal 4

The strength of the first prototype was that it had a quantity that was big enough to create a full phone case. However, the limitations were that it wasn’t sticky enough to stick on to phone cases and stay on the cases for a long period of time. The second prototype was sticker than the first but had a small quantity that could barely be shaped into a phone case.

For future improvements for our polymer design, I would make it less slimy and more sticky.

The most effective prototype was prototype number 2 as it succeeded in protecting the phone. To film the advertisement, My partner and I actually dropped our iPhone attached to phone case with polymer on it to see if it was safe.  As a result, the phone stayed secure as the polymer successfully protected the phone.

The design process was tricky as we had a lot of failures on the way. One phone case would shrink after it was completely dried and others would keep on losing its shape. If I were to this project again, I would make it more sticker to remain the phone case in shape.

Polymer Project Journal 3

The physical properties we wanted for our polymer was to make the polymer bouncy enough shielding the phone from when it is dropped.

We started to discuss deeper on how we will create our polymer by comparing the three different polymers we made as an experiment. We searched for the polymer that was the bounciest and figured out that Gloop had the closest property of what we were looking for. We decided to follow the guidelines on how Gloop was created, doubling the ingredients by two and adding in Laundry Detergent and Borax.

Our method of testing the effectiveness of the prototypes was doing the bounce test. We rolled each polymer into a ball and dropped it from a 30cm height. When it was dropped from a 30cm height, we could figure out if the prototype was bouncy enough to be shock resistance even if a phone was dropped.

Polymer Project Journal 2

Our idea is to design a polymer that prevents objects from breaking. The specific goal of our polymer project is to create a real-life impact by reducing the number of phones being cracked when it is dropped. In daily life, people drop their phones at least once a day.

Our invention is specifically designed for iPhone users. Our polymer will solve the problem of phones being cracked as the polymer would be bouncy enough to prevent phones from receiving direct damage when it is dropped. In other words, it would be shock-resistance.

Few of the physical properties we wanted for our phone case was that it should be bouncy enough to make it shock resistance. One of the tested polymers that included the physical property we wanted was Gloop, which was the bounciest out of all three polymers we experimented with.

Polymer Project Journal 1

Polymers, also known as plastics are created from myriads of molecules linked together to form long chains. Polymers are mainly divided into two categories. Synthetic and Natural. Natural polymers can be produced from living things while synthetic materials are man-made and obtained from chemicals.

Natural polymers:
  • silk
  • wool
  • DNA
  • cellulose
  • protein
Synthetic polymers:
  • nylon
  • polyethylene
  • polyester
  • Teflon
  • epoxy
Synthetic Polymer #1

 

 

Nylon

What natural resources does this come from?

 

Nylon is a man-made fiber with water as a key ingredient.

What would we use this synthetic material for?

 

This synthetic material is used in fibers, food packaging, and toothbrushes.

Synthetic Polymer #2

 

 

Polyester

What natural resources does this come from?

 

Polyester is made from coal, air, water, and petroleum.

What would we use this synthetic material for?

 

Polyesters are often used in outwears.

Polymers play an important role in our life and it is used daily. Nylons, a type of synthetic material is an artificial fiber with water as a key ingredient and is commonly used in food packaging and fibers. Another type of synthetic polymer is polyester. Polyesters are created from coal, air, water, and petroleum. This type of polymer can be found in outerwear.

For natural resources to become synthetic materials, it has to go through a process of polymerization. Polymerization is where small molecules, also known as monomers, are combined chemically to produce polymers.

Citation:

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

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

 

Revolutionary Voice Journals: French Revolution

My revolutionary journal is written from the perspective of the Third Estate during the French Revolution. The journal includes three turning points during the revolution: The Tennis Court Oath, the Storming of the Bastille and the Execution of Robespierre. I chose these three turning points because the Execution of Robespierre marks the end of the French Revolution. In contrast, the Tennis Court Oath is the catalyst of the French Revolution while the Storming of the Bastille depicts the end of King Louis XVI’s absolute monarch. While studying the French Revolution I learned that the revolution didn’t happen suddenly but different reasons slowly built up the anger of citizens.

French Revolution in Simple English

After being filled with the knowledge of the French Revolution for two weeks, our project was created in the style of a common craft video. The video includes four turning points throughout the French Revolution: Tennis Court Oath, National Assembly, War against Austria and the execution of King Louis XVI. Stop-motion was used in order to create this piece, after squandering time from several failed attempts at making it live.

Boy V. Girl?-George Abrahams, Ph.D. and Sheila Ahlbrand

Gender is a word that carries connotations that can be divisive. The book Boy V. Girl? By George Abrahams, Ph.D. and Sheila Ahlbrand clearly depicts the theme of sexism that exists behind the title of being a girl or a boy. “If gender is based on the way people see the differences between the sexes, it’s worth taking a look at what those differences are. A lot of fuss is made about how different boys and girls and men and women are from each other. But what exactly is different? And what’s the same?” (Abrhams and Ahlbrand, 18)

The quote above delineates that people judge others by the gender they are. Society makes a category that they expect people to fit in according to their gender and if they don’t, there can be a range of labels that seclude an individual that doesn’t fit in the cultural norms. For example, in a survey taken from the North American students, “Girls said: People think I’m weak and ditzy. Boys said: Boys always have to be tough.” (Abrhams and Ahlbrand, 9) These are a few answers from a survey asked to both genders on the question of what the best and worst things about are being a girl or a boy. Many of them are already living within these stereotypes and feel trapped.

When people talk about sexism, they usually link it to girls having unfair treatment. While this is extremely true, in reality, boys also experience prejudice and sexism. They are told not to show emotions, that they have to act tough and be manly. Children are already being educated to fit into the box that doesn’t actually exist. Even subconsciously, parents nudge their children towards expected gender norms, ranging from color choices to toys.

In my experience, living in modern Korea, in family gatherings girls are expected to be in the kitchens and schools have restricted clothings for girls. I’m also often told to act like my gender. But, what does that actually mean? There is no set rules or laws that I have to follow and there clearly isn’t a handbook containing instructions on how to be a boy or a girl. There are many gender equality activities going around in the world and gender equality is what both genders have to work on, for the next generation and for a better future.

In the book, the authors clearly portray that gender is just an excuse and a name to differentiate not a rule to follow. Boy V. Girl? Is a book that shows the world’s bias in both genders that we might not acknowledge until it’s written and stated.

http://www.understandingprejudice.org/links/sexism.htm

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/sexism

Substance abuse and Body image

There many different drugs that are illegal and dangerous to use. For example, Fen-Phen, DNP Burner, Ephedrine, Clenbuterol, and Meridia. The dangers of using these substances to alter body shape are heart disease, shortness of breath, eye problems, tremor, chest pain, confusion, depression, suicidal thought and sudden death. Some healthier alternative is to workout instead of using drugs to enhance body and to go on a healthy diet instead of using dangerous drugs to make you feel satisfied.

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