The project we did for space race was sending a rover and a satellite to Kepler 16b and its moon. After we did research by rover and satellite, we will send tourist to that exoplanet for tourism. We make money be tourism on Kepler 16b. I thought the over exhibition was very successful because we earned 5 billion and the investors were happy. The challenge for our group during the exhibition was to answer the investors’ difficult questions, some we can’t even answer but we did our best to answer. The investors took away a lot of knowledge for Kepler 16b and our project. The only thing they were confused about was the technology we are going to use to get to a exoplanet 200 light years away. This long project was overall fun and amazing.
The most interesting thing I learned in Project Space Race is about the Exoplanet called Kepler 16b. Kepler 16b is the planet that our group researched and based our project on, so we know about this planet the most out of everyone in the class. This knowledge helped me to understand the future considerations for habitable planets. Completing this project, I learned that I work well and collaborate well with a group in projects. For example, we split the different parts of this project into four parts, so each person is responsible to manage and finish their part. Before this project, I used to think it was going to take a long time until humans are going to find a habitable planet, now I think that humans can be habited on any exoplanet, it’s just the way to get to that planet is difficult. The driving question impacts me or my community because innovation is what carries our community forward into the future, with new technology and inventions. Competition, collaboration, and technology drives innovation, because if you don’t have market economy, there is no innovation. Without innovation, our community will still be using old things with old technology, and there will be no going forward. Looking back on this Project Space Race, I realize that the most important and the center of this project is to let us innovate, to let us create our own rovers, companies, and our own way to get to our chosen exoplanet. Everything is done and chosen by ourselves and everything is created by us. We used our imagination to innovate our own space project.
In the One Day Photography activity, I practiced and improved my photography skills at the WenYu river and a village beside BSB. I think I practiced portrait mode the most while I was taking my photos because I wanted to practice focusing on on item or person and then making the background blurred out. It is my favorite effect. The two important things I learned today are the angle and the direction of light source for a photo. The most difficult challenge I faced was that I had to always keep my phone straight and not let it slant sideways when taking photos in weird, uneasy angles. I overcame this challenge by using the flat ground or some sticks to use as a tripod. Overall, this One Day photography experience was great.
What Important ideas did people take away?
The main idea a lot of my audience took away was the fact that single use plastics that we throw away can actually end up affecting ourselves.
Were they surprised or confused about anything?
The first graders were scared because of the outcomes and impacts that single use plastic create, when they are disposed.
Were you able to change their thinking about buying stuff?
Yes, because when the kids got scared because of the impacts, they wanted to stop using the plastics.
Did they learn anything about the damage being caused to our planet?
Yes, they learned about how much damage was caused by plastics to the animals and to us humans.
What would you do differently on your next iteration?
I would probably want to include more facts and information so then the audience can learn more about this problem.
Answer to the Driving Question:
Consumption is when consumers buy products from a store or online, and is also where the golden arrow of the whole cycle is. Sustainability is when something or a cycle can be used and stay in its original form for a long period of time. The relationship between them happens throughout the whole cycle but the consumption and what you buy. If you buy a product just for the sake of buying it, then it will only be in your hands for a few days, and then you will throw it away after. That will be a not sustainable consumption. If you buy a product that is reusable for a long time, then it is a sustainable consumption. For example, in this project, we learned about how plastics affect the planet. We learned about different types of plastic and how they are made. We also learned the cycle of the plastic from extraction to disposal, and the bad impacts it made throughout the life cycle. The single-use plastics will be not sustainable because after you use it, there will be no reuse and you will just throw it away and all the chemicals will create a bad impact on the earth. This is why people need to buy reusable items in consumption because that will help everything. We can use many different alternatives to substitute the use of single-use plastics. For example, you can drink out of a water fountain instead of using plastic bottles.
In this ignite week, my three group members and I made a website for a local organic farm called 庆湖有机农场. At the start of the week, everyone went to the farm and witnessed the environment and people that are working there. Each group figured out what the farm needed the most and each group created a product. My group created an advertising website for the farm so they can have more customers come and make more money. Our success was that we had already learned how to make websites and how to advertise product so it was easy for us. Our challenge was that many groups had to just do a product, but our group had to do a video about the farm and a website to put the video on. I improved on communication and collaboration by doing teamwork with my teammates and talking to the farm workers. I improved in creativity by working on the website and the video. I learned how to take a product and make it better. This will help me in the future.
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