Nightmare

My piece:

I was creating a nightmare world based on a giant tormented soul, on a slanted stage (It would literally be the floor and could have actors swarm & emerge from the eyes, or the broken mouth like dark corrupted thoughts, or scarab beetles from a mummy.  I think I was successful. I learned a lot about the possible ways I could actually design a stage like this, for example having projectors display and move the different words to create effects. I could have the mask crumble open into a platform inside at some point in the play. I think it would be a very cool experience for the audience. I could develop this piece further by doing that.

 

Classmates Design:

I see an island, filled with danger, blood and foreboding…it evokes feelings of unease, suspense, paranoia. I like the center ball with spikes, it stands out a lot and seems like the centerpiece. I feel they were pretty successful. 1. add more supporting stuff around center. 2. use more than just nails?

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1800-WE-NEED-SKOOL

 

As a result of this project, I learned a great deal on my topic of Quality Education. I learned of the widespread effect it can have on China as a whole and the fact that it indirectly affects many other issues in China. I have contributed to my community by presenting my video and raising awareness. I had to use a lot of social skills in interviewing and gathering data for this project (mostly for my essay). If I could do this project again I would choose a different topic because doing the same thing twice would be boring. I want the future Grade 8 students to know that while the Capstone project requires a lot of work and time, once you get into it it starts to become fun.

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From Dead Cows To Ping Pong Balls: A History Of Catapult Projectiles(not really)

Picture of catapult(Left) & catapult design criteria etc etc(Right)

catapult video

Here is a video of my catapult firing.

What we did was we created a catapult using materials such as popsicle sticks, bottle caps, plastic containers & rubber bands (etc etc). It’s part of a project that we are currently finishing up in math. Its purpose is to get us to make us interested in using quadratics by applying it to a real-world task that we have to complete, and by giving us a material incentive that will then motivate us to complete this task as we are selfish human beings lacking the self-drive to complete this without the promise of an insubstantial reward at the end.

The most important learning of this project was probably to do with standard, vertex, and factored form. I knew how to use all three of these forms, however, this project had me use them a lot more and as a result, I became a lot more familiar with them.

The most challenging aspect of this project was actually building the catapult, as everything always works in theory. But once you try to apply that to the real world, it doesn’t translate very well. In conclusion, we found that like communism, some of our catapult ideas should best be left on paper.

I would probably design my catapult to shoot further if I could choose one thing to do differently, as even though we were moderately accurate and could shoot past the required minimum, other catapults ranges left ours in the dust and I instantly felt the need to overcompensate somehow.

This project helped me in my understanding of quadratics by….(see The most important learning of this project)

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Science Journal 4

Prototype Observations

Prototype Observations Strengths for this Prototype Limitations for this Prototype
1. It is too stringy and soft…unable to hold a shape for any extended period of time. None Everything
2. Is perfect except is ruined once dry. Perfect for spreading impact and averting damage…works well in beginning Hardens and things once exposed to air
3. Has the strength of the previous without drying. See above…also has good elasticity.

Prototype # 3, called Prototype 3, was most effective for meeting our goal because:

 

It was pliable and molded well against furniture, while still being durable enough to endure a hit. It managed to maintain some elasticity as well, helping avoid any possible injury from hitting it. It dried rather well, changing shape and feeling slightly but not enough to affect overall performance.

 

  1. Start with the Gloop recipe.
  2. Add 3 table spoons of guar gum (spread evenly and slowly while stirring)
  3. Add 5 ml of corn starch
  4. 5 extra ml PVA glue

 

Reflection

What was the process like?  What was challenging?  What was interesting?  What did I learn?

 

The process was fun as we were actually in charge of exactly what we put into the polymer, and we could see how what we put in directly affected the outcome. What was challenging was figuring out exactly how much of each substance could be added to have the ideal affect, as well as remembering to work as well as having fun. It was very interesting seeing the different possible polymers that could be created.

My Movie

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Science Journal 3

We are making a polymer that is durable enough to withstand impact, as well as being able to stick to furniture. It will have to be pliable enough to mold to the shape of furniture as well as firm enough to bounce off of. We want the physical properties to include: Durable, pliable, bouncy. We will test our polymer by attaching it to the corner of a piece of furniture, then proceeding to whack it with various things and see if they break.

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Happier In Chains

Conformity or individuality? Security or freedom?  Both questions are brought up repeatedly in the tale of Tally Youngblood, a confused young “ugly” who is ensnared in the spiderweb of lies and manipulation she calls “society”. But is the society in Uglies that bad? Scott Westerfield weaves an intricate and multilayered dystopian story and yet…Upon deeper thinking, you have to ask. Is it really a dystopian society?

In Uglies all people upon reaching the age of 16 must undergo a surgery to make them “pretty”, and once completed they are free to lose themselves in a life of carefree reveling. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? At least, it did before it was revealed that upon receiving surgery, they would also be receiving a brain lesion making them both complacent and rather simpleminded. This is soon discovered by Tally Youngblood as she lives in the Rusties camp, a group of outcasts who live similarly to the society that had caused humanities original downfall (presumably us).

But is undergoing the surgery and receiving the brain lesion that bad? When we look closer, the truth is the Ugly/Pretty society that currently reigns is in no ways a dystopian society. The Rusties, a society that was dependant on unsustainable resources caused the crash of humanity long ago. They had conflict, waged wars, and wreaked havoc on the environment.”Before the operation, there were wars and mass hatred and clear-cutting.” (Westerfield, 257-258) They had jealousy, hate, anger. “You want to talk about brain damage? Look at you all, running around these ruins playing commando. You’re all full of schemes and rebellions, crazy with fear and paranoia, even jealousy.” (390)  In what way is the current society worse than the Rusty society?

People live carefreely. People are happy. Others will argue that the pretty world is a false paradise, one that robs everyone of things we hold key. Individuality and Freedom. But does freedom actually make you happy? Does being an individual make you happy? Or do we simply say it would make us happier because we have been taught that we should feel happier if we have more freedom if we have individuality? Just like in the Uglies book, people would be happier with less freedom.

We have always been taught that the way to maximize our happiness is to maximize our freedom, to live the way we want. The more choices we have, the more freedom we have and the more freedom we have the happier we are. Nobody questions this. But choices lead to indecision and paralysis. if Apple launched 100 different phones this year, their sales would bomb because people would have too many options to choose from. The problem isn’t the quality, it’s the hassle customers need to go through to make the “right” choice. The more choices we have, the harder for us to choose, and inevitably, people will give up on making a decision.

Freedom means choices, choices bring responsibility, and responsibility brings burden. If you did not have to make any choices at all, yet at the same time not feel oppressed, feel in complete control of your life…would you not be happier? I know that I would. Inevitably, with less freedom, People would be happier.

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Science Journal #2

The goal of our polymer is to create a material that is able to safely envelop the furniture and deflect any driving force. Our target audience is parents with kids, preferably from the 1-6 range, as they are prone to injury. this makes the house a lot safer for children as they discover their motor functions. Gloop works best as it is solid yet yielding and has enough elasticity to deflect force.

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Science Journal 1

This is a research journal post

Key terms

Polymer: a substance that has a molecular structure consisting chiefly or entirely of a large number of similar units bonded together, e.g., many synthetic organic materials used as plastics and resins.

Synthetic materials: Substance made by chemical synthesis, especially to imitate a natural product

Natural resources: Resources that exist without human interference.

Monomer: a molecule that can be bonded to other identical molecules to form a polymer.

Examples of natural resources

Freshwater
Air

Coal

Natural Gases (duh it has natural in the name)

Examples of synthetic materials

Nylon

Made to sort of mimic cotton

Kevlar.

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Artificial Sweetener (mimic Sugar)

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Synthetic Rubber (mimic Real rubber)

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They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

“So many of us begin tortured and end tortured, with only brief bursts of light in between, and I’d rather have average art and survival than miracles that come at the cost of someone’s life.” – Hanif Abdurraqib (999)

Life and death, love and loss, attrition and mortality, music, sports, culture. Nothing escapes the ever-expanding lense of Hanif Abdurraqib. In a series of short stories, essays, and the sort, he opens up in a manner so shockingly honest that you cannot help but feel that at times you are intruding in his mind. No topic is left untouched as he flows seamlessly through transitions from one thought to the other,  transcending change in emotion and tone. At his best, the short stories are infused with nostalgia, marinated in memories of past and submerged in the bottomless depth of his mind. Ultimately, this is a book steeped in bittersweet memories, bold observations, and beautiful grief. And yet, for someone that deems himself an “ultimate cynic” (many remarks such as “We’re all going to die” –Hanif Abdurraqib (1033)  the book has an undercurrent of hope. An aching longing for better days, for hope, for the bright rays of joy to pierce the nigh unsurmountable veil of doubt.

I chose to design and recreate the room of Hanif because often times a room can give you small glimpses into the intricacies and workings of one’s mind, and a look at their state of mind. As someone who is portrayed in the book as one perhaps…obsessed for lack of better words with the idea of mortality, the essence of being humane, the analysis of emotion through music and art, I attempted to portray this in designing his room. A multitude of posters of musicians and musical pieces, a guitar, the computer playing Princes “Purple Rain” All goes to show his love for music. The signs next to his bed show a side of him that is often overlooked, one that hopes, one with a sense of humor. Finally the notebook. I imagined him having something like this to draw, vent, write down his thoughts in, and many of the drawings I chose to show are slightly dark as that is mainly what is shown throughout the book, an introspective thinker, and cynic. In the end, the depths of his mind and thinking were simply too bottomless to fathom and display in the form of designing parts of a room, but I still did try and had fun.

 

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Tunisia Unbound

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