Improv unit

What were some of the significant activities in improvisation and what did you learn from them?

The activity that actually left the greatest impression on me was the spaghetti and meatballs improvisation. This was extremely difficult for me as I was used to using dialogue, and it kind of opened my eyes to the improvement I needed in terms of use of emotion while acting. I had kind of been relying on words and scripts as a crutch and this activity sort of made me realize that the emotion and general feeling behind the words were just as if not more important. there is also a lot of work that goes into this, as both the tone of your voice and the facial expression has to be on point for the audience to get the message/mood that you are trying to convey.

What did you do that was NEW to you or CHALLENGED you in some way?

Something that challenged me was letting go of my inhibitions and not being embarrassed by the multiple roles that I have to play that may not fit me. It’s essential for an actor to be immersed in a role and I feel that it was rather hard for me to go 100% in on certain roles because of how I felt about behaving or acting in certain ways in front of other people. Being embarrassed also slows down the act and makes it harder for you to continue, so not only is it not convincing, it’s slow and painful to watch. There were definitely a few times where it has happened to me and it really challenged me to just forget about being embarrassed.


What did you do that SUPPORTED your current knowledge or CONFIRMED/REINFORCED something you already knew?

We worked a lot on projecting our voice and exaggerating our actions, putting a lot of energy into whatever activity we do. This kind of reinforced my idea that if you should always exaggerate the actions and message we try to convey because we try to make things larger than life.

CONNECT the improv unit to your current theatre/acting practice or something outside of theatre. 

I feel that improvisation will greatly help in many different areas in life, such as public speaking (this would help deal with the pressure of the situation, perhaps also prepare for unexpected questions and occurrences within the talk.) In general, I feel that in any situation in life improv would be needed.


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Science Blog Entry 4

The Arduino piano while, in theory, should have been successful, due to difficulties in execution was a failure.

My final product was slightly different from my original idea, which was to use piezo buzzers. Instead, I discovered an Arduino add-on known as CapacitativeSensor, which “turns two or more Arduino pins into a capacitive sensor, which can sense the electrical capacitance of the human body. All the sensor setup requires is a medium to a high-value resistor and a piece of wire and a small (to large) piece of aluminium foil on the end. At its most sensitive, the sensor will start to sense a hand or body inches away from the sensor.” From here I began my process of connecting resistors to wires inserted in aluminium sheets, so that in theory once touched, they would send an electric signal towards the Arduino and cause the Piezo Buzzer to emit the corresponding pitch. However, the resistors required soldering and at the time (due to various trips causing me to miss classes and such) Soldering materials weren’t available. I decided to improvise and use hot glue. Ultimately I believe this was the mistake that brought down my project, as the connection may have been shaky and caused the electrical signals to not be sent. I feel I did well in terms of planning everything out and having a firm grasp on what my project required skill and material wise, but due to time constraints simply rushed too much.


The impact of a product such as this would simply be that it is more cost effective & material saving than a regular piano. Apart from the Arduino, all the parts of the piano are extremely cheap and commonly found at electronic appliance stores. (can be bought in bulk) Therefore more aspiring musicians of varying backgrounds will be able to create and practice more freely. As it essentially eliminates any need for wood in its creation, it also reduces a slight amount of deforestation. Finally, it is lightweight and extremely portable, basically playable on any surface, very convenient for any client who travels or wishes to practice in various locations.

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Science Blog Entry 3

As I was in Paris I many science classes and did not have as many chances for documentation. However, at this point, I had begun my original idea of building a piezo button piano and started plugging wires into the breadboard. Because I had not yet gotten the Piezo buttons I began programming in Arduino, inputting various pitches (8 octaves worth of pitches that correspond to notes on the piano) In the first phase I was considering using raw piezo crystals as the piano keys, but upon further research discovered piezo buttons to replace them.

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Process Journal Entry (Acting: Naturalism and Ensemble)

Create a Process Journal entry and answer the questions below

  1. What did we/you do in class?  We played many improvisation games.
  2. How did you respond to what you did in class? or, what did you notice about what you did? I notice that after the initial awkwardness of attempting to create a scene, it flowed rather naturally, becoming easier as you went. However, it was also rather hard to keep a straight face and not share the audience reaction to what is being made up.
  3. What is something that you learned about theatre that is NEW to you? To not force the ending of a scene in improv. It comes naturally to a conclusion at some point and ending it prematurely may cause the scene to be unfulfilling or make less sense
  4. What is something that either supports or reinforces what you already knew about theatre? The characters & personas used in Theatre were portrayed much better when someone’s personality actually matched what they were trying to show. For example, there was a sarcastic but generally laid back character created in class and was very realistic.
  5. How can you connect what we/you did in class to other areas of your life – theatre-related or otherwise? I feel that being able to come up with things to say on the spot is an extremely useful skill not only in terms of presenting or exhibition but also one that is used regularly in every-day conversation.
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Arduino Piezo electric PIANO

Will connect 5 piezoelectric pressure sensors to the Arduino and a simple sound speaker, each piezo sensor is programmed to send a specified musical tone the speaker is going recognize and turn on after you press the piezoelectric sensor.

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I’m going to be creating a toy or device that converts energy and uses a renewable energy source. I’m thinking of making something (perhaps a guitar piezo pickup for an amp or a light up toy) that is powered by piezoelectric disks. all of these sound pretty cool.

Pro: I have a guitar. con: I don’t have an amp to connect to.

Con: don’t have all the materials needed to build a microphone Pro: I can get it on Amazon or a store over the holidays.

Pro: super clean and renewable energy. Con: tapping or pressing these disks really don’t generate much electricity though and I don’t have enough time or money to make it more effective (so any grand toy aspirations are out the window but I’m sure I can still make a small toy).



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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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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



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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