Average Does Not Equal Boring

Final Product:

During Ignite Week, I made a stop motion video explaining my daily routine. In order to complete this, I used a stop motion app called Stop Motion. This app helped me organize my photos and instantly turn my photos into a stop motion movie. By doing this, I learned how to make a good, clean, appealing stop motion movie. This was my first time doing stop motion, I realized you must be careful not to change the height of the camera, the background, and the lighting. It is easier to film all the stop motion at once, you never know what’s going to change if you come back the next day.


This ignite week was fairly free, we were given a prompt and had to come up with our own product. I obtained many skills during this week. This includes: organizing my time according to my task (schedule all the filming in one day so the stop motion doesn’t look choppy) and thinking of unique creative solutions. These two skills are very important in the future because you will need to use it all your lifetime. Organizing your time according to the task at hand will be needed throughout college and your career. As you grow up, there are more and more task and due dates, you need to learn how to organize your times. Thinking of creative solutions is also important because it allows you to be unique. Being unique could eventually lead to a more eventful successful life! Ignite week helped me grow as a thinker and organizer.


The L21 area I focused on was creativity. Instead of filming my day, I wanted to use different media to capture my routine. At first, I wanted to use animation but decided that would take too long. Stop motion was in some ways similar to animation so I decided to use stop motion. I believe creativity is a very important skill. To be able to complete a given task and with creativity is a very difficult thing.

Average (Ignite Week Blog 2)

Material and Techniques

During this project, I borrowed an iPad Holder but it was too difficult to operate. Instead, I just used books to hold my iPad. Stop Motion requires a lot of photos and can sometimes be very messy. I used an app called Stop Motion on the iPad that helped me organize my photos in one place.

I will need to learn more about editing and lighting to make my video look better. I plan on using some iMovie features to make my stop motion more fluid and appealing.


Using the feedback, I will start planning my going to sleep scene, and edit the music.


Average (Ignite week Blog 1)

By Friday, I hope to have made a stop motion video of a normal middle school girl. In the process, I hope to strengthen my knowledge on filming, editing and stop motion movie making. The main message I want to convey is that being average is nothing to be ashamed of. Having an average life doesn’t mean it’s not worth sharing.

End of Project Blog Post: Space Race

Project Space Race was stressful, fun, and fascinating. Our goals for this project was: Form a research company, build a website, and make a rover. Weaving through all the stress and yelling, learning points about the past and future glow brightly.


Feedback Reflection:

Were they confused or surprised about anything?

One of our investors asked how many years we estimate we need to get to Trappist 1-E. When we state around 100,000 they were very surprised. Later, I explained to them that we do not want to lie. We wanted to give them a realistic estimation. We state that: the other groups that claim they will travel faster than light, how long do you think their research and building will take? If you sum up all the time they need to actually develop that technology, do you think they’ll be faster or slower then us?

What would you do differently on your next iteration? 

Many of the investors say that we were in a very bad marketing spot. Next time, we will be in the nexus right new to the entrance.

The answer to the driving question:

In Project Space Race, one interesting thing I’ve learned is that the US and the USSR fought not only because they differed in ideologies, but also because they were afraid of each other’s nuclear weapons. This helped me understand how much danger there is in Science and Technology if developed by the wrong hands. As humans develop increasingly complex machines and weapons, the power to destroy planet earth and all its habitants increase as well.  Innovation can be breathtaking and deadly at the same time.

What drives innovation? I believe our will to live a more comfortable life is a key player in innovation. Lots of our earlier innovations like the bicycle or the light bulb were created so we could live a better life. Aside from our will to live, competition also plays a huge role in innovation. If it wasn’t for the Space Race, we wouldn’t have landed a man on the moon or sent a man into orbit. We wouldn’t even have memory foam and freeze-dried food! So, therefore, our desire for knowledge and comfortability, as well as competition, drives innovation.

During this project, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I learned that I can do public speeches if I put my mind to it. I used to dislike debates because I could never get my point across. I use to get nervous and stutter when speaking publicly. For this project, I really pushed myself to talk in front of the audience like I was talking to a friend. My speaking and listening skills improved greatly.

All in all, this project was very stressful and fun. I’ve learned a lot about others and myself during this project. A big question I still have is why are we trying to colonize Mars when we know the conditions aren’t right?



Life Moves On, Photos Don’t.


Before we went to the village and the river, we practiced taking photos in our school.


Final Product:

Standing Tall

A tree, tall and proud. The whole sky is just a background. In this photo, I tried to capture a tall standing tree from below. The tree presents a survivor in this harsh winter, a person that stands tall despite the harsh conditions.

By the River

A man, sitting alone by the river. Hoping the fish will bite its hook. In this photo, I tried to capture and solitude and patience in fishing as well as the sunset over the river.

Scars Across the Sky

Traces of humanity against nature. The sky is blue today, it might not be tomorrow. In this photo, I tried to capture both the village and the sky in one shot. Conveying the message that humans have impacted the sky.


What did you do well? What did you learn?

The photos I took turned out pretty well. I learned that photography requires a lot of patience and observation. When I first saw the village, it didn’t look like there was much to take photos of. However, after I looked more carefully, I realize there was a lot of hidden beauty in such a simple place.

What challenges did you face? How did you overcome them?

My phone died soon after I went to the village. It was absolutely freezing and my phone couldn’t stand the cold. I wasted a lot of time trying to turn it on. I was also extremely cold myself, I couldn’t feel my fingers of my toes. After we went back to the bus, my phone turned on again, however, I wasn’t able to get a lot of photos.

Why is One Day important?

One Day is important because it gives you a day to explore your passions. A day to learn something other than math and English. A day to learn something you want to learn.

One Day Planning

Why did I choose this One Day activity?

I chose this One Day activity because I want to learn more about photography. When our family goes on vacation, I like to take lots and lots of photos. However, those photos never seem to capture the beauty in the right way. I hope that choosing this One Day activity will help me take better photos in the future.

What do I hope to learn?

I hope to learn about lighting and position when taking photos. When I take photos, most of the time they turn out too dark.

End of project blog post


Project overview:

Have you ever looked at an item you just bought wonder what it’s been through and it’s seen? Probably not right? Before Project Consume, I didn’t care about what I was buying as long as it wasn’t too expensive; but now I know there is so much more to an item then it’s price. The driving questions for Project Consume were: What is the relationship between consumption and sustainability? How can we make a sustainable change? In order to answer these questions, we followed a product’s journey from the very beginning (extraction) to the very end (disposal). In this process, we found many things wrong with this system; one was that is was unsustainable. First, it’s a one-way cycle. Second, we extract nonrenewable resources that will eventually run out. Third, most of the things we produce cannot biodegrade therefore filling up Earth as if it was a huge trash can. We also discovered the core of the system was consumption, everything extraction, every production, every distribution, every disposal happens so we can keep consuming. The only part of the system was can effect is consumption, if we refuse to buy more then we need, we can all have an impact on every part of the system. When we were little we were constantly told to recycle, in this project we were introduced to a new R, it was refuse. Our final task was to create a video taking side on whether consumption has a positive relationship with sustainability of a negative effect on sustainability.

Feedback reflection: 

  • What Important ideas did people take away?

I wanted my audience to take away an idea about refusing to buy unnecessary items and reusing items. I believe most of my audience got that message. They understand that everything they throw away has an impact, and they shouldn’t buy items they don’t need because it will become trash.

  • Were you able to change their thinking about buying stuff?

I believe I was able to change their thinking about buying stuff. I explained my video to the little ones hoping they would fully understand, I think they were able to understand.

  • Did they learn anything about the damage being caused to our planet?

My audience learned that everything they buy will become trashed, the trash will get eaten by animals and the animals will die.

Reflection on the driving question:

Project consume led me through a journey from extraction to disposal. I saw things I never imagined would happen in the lifetime of the product.  In this project, I found something very interesting: recycling is not the answer to plastic pollution, and banning plastic altogether isn’t the answer to this plastic pollution problem. Recycling is not the answer to plastic pollution because not everything can be recycled, additionally, recycling also uses a lot of energy and sometimes emit lots of carbon dioxide into the air creating other problems instead of solving any. As bad as plastic pollution is, banning plastic altogether is not the solution either. Plastic has become a substitute for other things such as wood; if we ban plastic deforestation would increase. In project consume I can across a fact that a plastic bag requires far less energy and carbon emissions than a cotton bag. You need to use a cotton bag 7000 times before it has a lower impact on the environment. In this project, I learned about how consumption is affecting the world, how we only see a part of the whole picture. Most people view consumption as a good thing, but it has gone way overboard. We don’t need a swearing turtle in our lives yet we risk everything to make that swearing turtle. We risk the people’s lives, the environment, earth itself just to make something we don’t need. It’s terrifying! The impact consumption has on sustainability is drastic, if we keep consuming at this rate and size, the repercussions are inevitable. Before this project, I thought a product being expensive is a bad thing. If something is overpriced, it’s simply taking more of our money then it should. However, after this project, I start to question what is overpriced? If a product is overpriced, but the company is giving some of it’s profit to the workers, that a good thing. A product being expensive is not necessarily a bad thing. For example, a plastic toy truck company places it’s item 20 yuan above the average price for a truck. Customers might boycott this company, which of course is bad for the company but good for sustainability. All in all, this project has taught me lots also challenged my thinking. If banning plastic is not the answer, recycling is not the answer, consuming less is not an option, what other possibilities are there? If people simply won’t listen to our warnings of consuming less, what will happen?  

My New Avatar

This is my new Avatar. This avatar represents me because: one, the features somewhat represent me; two, the background hearts are in my favorite color. Additionally, the avatar’s emotions look somewhat hidden, this means my feelings are much more then I express.


Make it: Final presentation


For this ignite week, our goal was the design a website that informed newcomers about the subway.

Here is the link to our website: http://blogs.isb.bj.edu.cn/bjmetro/

To achieve this goal, we had to experience the subway first handed. The advantages are twofold; one, we can take pictures and video for the website, two, we can better understand the subway. It certainly wasn’t a smooth ride for us, there were a few challenges on the way:

When we arrived at the subway station on Tuesday, we did not expect the subway to be that packed. Everyone was squished and cramped in such a small cube there was barely enough room for air to breath. Half of the crew got into the subway while the other half lingered back unable to squeeze in. We agreed that everyone will meet at SunHe and we’ll travel as a group from there. Eventually, after a few trains, we were back together in one piece. This happened on Thursday also; this is why riding the subway at rush hour is not recommended.

Another challenge was the schedule. We were behind schedule when we started and fell even more behind as the day carried on. A decision had to be made, so we agreed that we’ll skip an attraction and go straight to our lunch destination. After that, we had a few disagreements about what restaurant we should go to, but we made it back in time and no buses were missed.

An important skill I’ve developed from this ignite week is communication and collaboration. When people got left behind, we needed a way to quickly inform everyone and come up with a plan. We mainly used Wechat to communicate. When someone was left behind we would tell them which stop we’re meeting at, communication held us together.

Other skills I learned:

  • How to navigate the subway.
  • How to organize a blog post.
  • How to make an interactive map

I had many memorable moments this week, the stress, the anxiety, the nervousness all played a part along with the joy and fun. I remember how I felt when we got off the subway and fell into the fresh air at Olympic Green. The sky was so blue, the flowers were so vibrant, I could feel the energy surging through my bones. I also remember how I felt when on the subway when people kept pushing and shoving their way in like a pack of hungry wolves fighting over a small bunny, it was truly survival of the fittest! Overall, this week has been so eventful I cannot begin to describe the memories and highlights I had. It was truly an experience to remember.

“People forget years and remember moments.” -Anne Beattie. 


Make it: Create and Improve

Most people can hear, some people can listen. 

What worked what didn’t? Why? What was the most challenging, how did you overcome this?

No one expected the subway to be this crowded. Everyone was cramped next to each together, the smell of perfume and sweat pervaded the air, it was a disaster. At first, we tried to enter the subway thought on the door as a group, we soon found out that was impossible. Each door barely had enough space for one person, let alone 15; we had to split up. After that everything went smoothly, except for the fact that some people forgot to get off. All in all, the crowd was the hardest challenge so far because not everyone was used to the aggressive pushing and shoving that went on inside the subway, but we overcame that challenge by splitting up and using the length of the subway to our advantage.

How can you use feedback to improve? Test your design. 

I asked my mother to give feedback on our website, she said it was well constructed. However, there should be more restaurants recommendations and more pictures for the sporting venue.


Create a prototype:

We created an informational website explaining the complex subway system. Our group was in charge of metro basics, it looks like this:


Planning for the next trip: