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Capstone Documentary about Food Waste

This is a project for Humanities. We were supposed to pick a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) created by the UN and make a documentary about that SDG. The SDG I picked was Responsible Production and Consumption, and I focused on food waste.

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Reflection Post about my Elevator Pitch

For Humanities class, we were asked to give an elevator pitch about our chosen SDG’s research. My SDG was food waste and gave an elevator pitch about it. We gave elevator pitches because it helped clarify our thinking and our research about your SDG, but doing an elevator pitch also helped practice our oral presentation skills.

I think that I presented loud enough, had interesting enough facts and used appropriate hand motions. I think that I still need to work on speaking fluently and being confident while speaking. Next time I would choose better facts, and reinforce them more. I don’t feel like I did a good job talking about food waste, so next time, I would like to be able to focus my research and make sure that my interviews are saved so that I don’t lose valuable information.

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Polymer Project – Journal #4

Our video:

Prototype #1

Pros

  • Malleable
  • Freezable
  • Soft
  • Fun to play with

Cons

  • Slimy
  • Too small amount

Prototype #2

Pros

  • Big enough amount
  • Soft
  • Playable
  • Malleable
  • Freezable
  • Not slimy
  • Perfect!

Cons

  • No noticeable cons.

Recommendation for future improvements:

I think that we would make it so that we don’t have to put the slime into a bag because if it wasn’t in a bag, it would be more fun to play with. Also, I think we should come up with a polymer that can be played with, constant in temperature, but also be freezer friendly. Right now, you can only put Man’s Not Hot cooling pack in the fridge, and fridges can get packed sometimes, so if we made it usable for both environments, then it would be more, effective. I think that other than that, our polymer is pretty good.

Claim:

Our last prototype was the most effective.

Evidence: 

Our last prototype was the most effective because it was a large amount, malleable, soft, freezable, not slimy, and fun to play with. So it filled all of our criteria!

To create Man’s Not Hot cooling pack: 

60 ml of PVA

20 mL of Borax

Stir until sides are sticky

(If you want color in it, add food coloring)

Reflection: 

Through the design process, my partner Emily, and I were able to create the (revolutionary) Man’s Not Hot cooling pack. We were able to develop who we wanted as our audience and what we wanted our polymer to do. We planned what we wanted to do, and how to make it. Then we created our polymer and improved the recipe along the way. We were able to define what and how our polymer was making an impact, as a new kind of fever pack. Then in the end, after we had created everything, we were able to look back upon our hard work and see our progress. I think that our polymer (if good enough) could create a real-world impact, and could be shared all over the world! Well, that’s being very confident about it, but I think that Emily and I were able to create a pretty good polymer, and did well developing, creating, and “selling” it.

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Polymer Project – Journal #3

Slime Tests:

Measurements:

60 mL of PVA

16 mL of Borax

Stir until the sides are sticky

MAKES RED SLIME

40 mL of PVA

8 mL of Borax

Stir until the sides are sticky

MAKES BLUE SLIME

Freeze slime -> still moldable!

BLUE SLIME – COLD

COLD TEST: 

Test coolness after being taken from the fridge.

Warmth – put on a warm shoulder to test how long that warmth is maintained and how coolness is transferred as well as how it feels.

The more slime we made, we found the longer we could freeze. But we also found that you can’t put the slime in the freezer, as it won’t be mouldable. But if put in the fridge, then the slime can still have the mouldable qualities we want, but also maintain a cold temperature.

Left: 20 mL of PVA

Right: 40 mL of PVA

BOUNCE TEST:

Test #1 – When dropped from 30 cm, before the slime was put in the fridge, the slime bounced 3.5cm.

Test #2 – When dropped from 30 cm, after being in the fridge for 5 minutes, it barely bounced.

SHAPE TEST:

Test #1 – With the right amount of borax, the slime would hold it’s place for quite a bit. But after a few minutes, it started to droop.

Test #2 – After taking it from the fridge, no matter how long we kept it out, it maintained it’s shape.

STICK TEST:

Test #1 – The slime was not sticky, and would break easily.

Test #2 – After putting it in the fridge, it would break even more, and no shapes could be made in either of these tests.

PROTOTYPE #1:

Slimy and the amount we made was too small, but it was malleable and soft.

PROTOTYPE #2:

We made more slime this time, and it was malleable and soft.

FINAL PROTOTYPE: 

The perfect fit for everything!

 

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Polymer Project – Journal #2

Our Goal:

The goal of our polymer project is to …

Create a polymer that can be used for medical purposes.

Target Market Audience

Describing Our Polymer

We want the Physical Properties to include:

  • Cold
  • Moldable
  • Soft/Gel that doesn’t stick, not slimy
  • Reusable

Polymer Characteristics We Are Looking For

Our Plan to Develop our Prototype

*Prototype = sample or model

Our Method for Testing our Prototype: How we’ll test it to see if it works

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Polymer Project – Journal #1

What are synthetic materials?

Man-made materials that are derived from natural resources. i.e. Steel and Sugar

 

What are natural resources? 

Is a source that is found in nature that is used by man. i.e. Forest and Water

What is a polymer?

 

A long chain of molecules called monomers

 

Give 2 examples of synthetic polymers and the natural resources they come from

Synthetic Polymer #1

Plastic

What natural resources does this come from?

Chemicals that comes from natural gas, carbon, other oils and other natural polymers

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Cups, eating utensils, furniture, toys

Synthetic Polymer #2

Silicone

What natural resources does this come from?

Siloxane, made from oxygen and silicon

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Computer chips

Chemical Reactions: 

How do natural resources go through a chemical reaction to become synthetic materials? *important words to think about…polymerization, monomer, polymer

When natural monomers link up through the process of polymerization, they become a polymer. If said polymer happens to not be found in nature, then it is a synthetic polymer.

What is a monomer?

A molecule that joins up with similar molecules to form a polymer.

What is polymerization?

The cause to combine molecules to form a polymer.

 

Resources: 

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synthetic%20fiber
http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapter6/lesson12
https://www.google.com.hk/search?q=what+are+natural+resources&oq=what+are+nat&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.10958j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
http://www.eschooltoday.com/natural-resources/what-is-a-natural-resource.html
Apple Dictionary
Miguel Abando
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Revolutionary Voices Journal

We learned about the Chinese Cultural Revolution in our Humanities class. As we learned about this fascinating point of time, we were asked to create a character, and write a revolutionary voices journal. I wrote about Wang Xiao Yu, and how she changed her opinion on Mao and of the Cultural Revolution. Through this project and lessons in class, I was able to learn about how the revolution affected people, how it shaped their lives, but also how it shaped the lives of people in China today.

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Chinese Cultural Revolution in Simple English

Having taken notes meticulously, and studied the fascinating Chinese Revolution, Sarah, Joy and I put our heads together to create our Chinese Cultural Revolution in Simple English Common Craft video. Every turning point, methodically planned, each word checked, each picture the perfect fit, we created our video over the course of one week. Sarah, Joy and I learned about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and to help others understand better, we decided to create this video. We are very proud of our work, and hope that you enjoy it!

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Independent Reading Task #4 Red Madness – Gail Jarrow

The Black Death, like pellagra, killed a numerous amounts people each time they struck their country. Each time, they left doctors puzzled and people scared for decades at a time. Both diseases were mysteriously caused, and there seemed to be no cure. Doctors and citizens alike searched high and low, looking time and time again to see any pattern, any clue, any hope to find a way out of each life sucking hole.

 

Pellagra was a disease that plagued the South of the U.S. People who caught it was covered in red rashes on their hands, feet, chest, and face. With the rash, they were graced with diarrhea. As their symptoms got worse as their torture continued, the victim would start going insane. Insanity was the final stage of pellagra, and when reached, it was incurable. Many doctors started looking for the cause of this destructive disease. Their initial thought was that spoiled corn was the cause pellagra, as when the victim was given a corn free diet, they normally recovered. Doctors argued and researched, but to no avail. Corn didn’t always seem the cause, but neither did anything else. When Joseph Goldberger -an immigrant from Europe’s Austro-Hungarian Empire- was put to the case everything changed. Goldberger considered every cause of any disease, and after much looking, he saw that pellagra was caused by eating disorders. However, each time that he presented his hypothesis, not all doctors would believe it. “He who still doubts that pellagra is ‘essentially of dietary origin’ is hopeless.” (89) Time and time again, test after test, Goldberger tried to help the doctors believe that an unbalanced diet was the cause of pellagra. After Goldberger’s death and fight against pellagra for nearly fifteen years, the cause of this mysterious disease was not found. Many people who had heard of Goldberger and his work tried everything they could to cure pellagra. Finally, in 1937, nicotinic acid, or niacin, was proved to be the most efficient and quick working cure to pellagra. After finding ways to put niacin into foods that people normally ate such as bread and flour, people of all social economic status were able to get the required B3 vitamin that they were missing. The lack of niacin was the was the cause of pellagra, and once food was enriched, pellagra, the nearly indestructible and reoccurring disease, was finally stamped out and almost gone for good. Pellagra killed 100,000 Americans and affected 3 million in total. Now, that we have found vitamins, we can stop pellagra early on and save lives.

 

Black Death or the Plague was a disease that caused enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits or groin of the victim, followed by diarrhea, chills, fever, vomiting, pains, and aches and then, death. This disease at the time was impossible and anything was used to cure it. “Physicians relied on crude and unsophisticated techniques such as bloodletting and boil-lancing (practices that were dangerous as well as unsanitary) and superstitious practices such as burning aromatic herbs and bathing in rosewater or vinegar.” (History.com). The Black Death was also incredibly contagious. “People who were perfectly healthy when they went to bed at night could be dead by morning.” (History.com). Initially, people thought the cause was God’s punishment, so people would gather in one church to pray to God for his forgiveness. But because this disease was caused because of fleas and passed when groups of people were together, the spreading of the Plague would spread like wildfire. While death ran her long, slender finger over all Europe, taking cities, people and families with it, people suffered and struggled to find the cause. But, thanks to the Great Fire of London, the people who were contaminated were all swallowed in the fire. And because of it, the Black Death was able to die out for a time. Then, in the 20th century, doctors were finally able to find that the Plague was caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. Antibiotics were the found cure for this fatal disease. And if treated fast enough, people now can survive the once undying disease. The Black Death once killed 75 million people, but now, it only affects not even half that amount. Now, that we have found required antibiotics and learned to be more hygienic, we can stop the plague early on and save more lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography:

Little, Becky. “Rats Didn’t Spread the Black Death-It Was Humans.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 17 Jan. 2018, www.history.com/news/rats-didnt-spread-the-black-death-it-was-humans.

“Cures for the Black Death.” History Learning Site, www.historylearningsite.co.uk/medieval-england/cures-for-the-black-death/.

Pruitt, Sarah. “Medieval ‘Black Death’ Was Airborne, Scientists Say.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 1 Apr. 2014, www.history.com/news/medieval-black-death-was-airborne-scientists-say.

History.com Staff. “Black Death.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2010, www.history.com/topics/black-death.

Extra Hyperlinks:

http://www.history.com/news/medieval-black-death-was-airborne-scientists-say

http://www.faqs.org/health/topics/77/Pellagra.html

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Photos of Life – My One Day Project

My OneDay project was to take pictures of different kinds of life. We went to the village behind BSB to take pictures of village life. We were able to take pictures of people, dogs, buildings, ice, trees and other things that we could find there. We had a lot of fun taking pictures of the dogs, we probably have 5 billion pictures of them. (A few of the dogs even posed!) 

Then we went to the Wen Yu River to take pictures of river life. We were able to take pictures of the fishermen there, fish, plants, the river, the road, crops, and the sky. As we were walking along the road, we found some dolls sitting behind a trash can. We took a couple pictures of those too, they were pretty creepy. 

Then we were asked to take pictures of Middle School life. I went around taking pictures of people in their OneDay groups, and in my own. These are a few pictures that I was able to get. 

I was able to learn how to make pictures with different looks, how lighting affects the picture, and that even the smallest things can be the coolest picture! I would recommend doing this as a OneDay project who likes photography, or who wants to get better at taking pictures. All you have to do is try!