Some interesting things I learned about are trade wars, supply and demand, landforms and economic needs and wants, which helped me understand how societies meet their needs,. For example, using the landforms, I found of how do the Ancient Egypt civilization meet their needs, they used many resources, like, they settled down next to the Nile river, that gave them water source, a transport use and also a fertile land. And using economic needs and trade wars for an example, there are many trade wars happening in countries to meet different countries’ needs and wants. For supply and demand, often is what started trade wars, example as, a country want this, but there is not enough of this product is that country to the beginning a “fight”. Adding on to this, before this project I used to think that countries trade things very easily with each other, now I know that it is not easy, the trade war discussion changed my thinking. For example, Jabs of Japan trade war started because Japan made cars were selling better in America than America made cars, so America got a bit pissed off and started to set tariffs on Japan, and at last, Japan had to “capitulate” to America, because of its currency devaluation. That is a really good example to show how hard it is to trade between countries, you have to care about their market, exchange rate, the demand, and the government and all the other things. It is not as easy as you think. Therefore, looking back to the Project Trade Up, I realize that trading is happening every day, for example, when buying a product, you are trading money for products, like chips. And there are big trades between countries happening, like two countries trading chicken. Small trades is what happens every day of your life.
During this unit, I realized that humans have created many problems these years and has made it bigger, example as overpopulation that is still growing these years. And there are not enough resources to feed humans in the past few years. And another problem is there are not sustainable food served, and the biggest problem is, even though some people realize that their action causes a damage to the Earth, they still don’t change. IN this unit, I and my group also made a pitch and visual about sunflower seed shells and food waste to make a change. My thinking changed a lot during this unit. I knew that at the beginning I thought that there is nothing that really needs to be fixed on the Earth, even if there is, it would not be hard or difficult to solve. Now, I think that I am wrong.
Overpopulation, not sustainable plates and several other problems that need to be solved. And also before I thought, the unit: Feed The Future is only knowing how to solve problems that humans created, but after, I knew that the unit is not only knowing the plan, we were actually doing the plan that we made and making it out and convincing people to really use our plan and make the world a better place. We were also using our own power to make plates to let people try and eat it, so then people could try dishes that are still delicious but are sustainable.
In the symbol part, I used to think that the unit would have a part that we were supposed to know people that were trying to change this situation of the Earth and do something with them, but now, after the unit, I knew that we were doing the plan that we made by ourselves, and help mother Earth to impact in a good way, that is trying to save the Earth and “heal” the damage that humans or we did it. So the last point I want to mention is: it is our responsibility to change the environment that we live in.
This activity helped me to understand deeper about how pollution is harming our nature and what is causing pollution and what is pollution. At first, we went to the Wen Yu river to collect trash and then sort out the garbage, then we used the data that we collected to creates a graph to show the amount of each kind of the garbage. Then we went again, to get the water of Wen Yu river to test and get the data of the water that got polluted. When I saw the result of the water sample, I was surprised, the sample was so bad! Second, we needed to write an argument essay, so the first thing we needed to is to collect notes. When I was collecting my notes, I found out many things about pollution, like, rain absorbs water-soluble, compounds it contains some are highly toxic create a harmful stew, leachate. Then when we were writing the essay, we had to make a claim and then get the evidence to support the claim, I think the writing helped me to know how to connect claims and evidence. After that, we started our final project, I did some bookmarks to support the PowerPoint, but at last I realized that the ink is made out of plastic, I also did a cardboard box to support the PowerPoint, so I used the notes that I took for my writing, so that it was really easy for me to collect my evidence. All thing was very fine when I was doing my project. Finally, when we were presenting it was all good, I got many suggestions so I think it was all good.
this is my powerpoint:file:///Users/hannah.yang/Desktop/project%20impact%20Beijing.mov
GOAL IS: Make a model of a dog house in 5 hours.
What did you create?
I created a model of a wooden dog house and painted it. It is 1/8 size of the real life dog house. Then I used brown, blue, white, gold and silver.
What were your successes?
I am successes of I cut the wood by myself. I used a saw to cut my own wood.
What were your challenges?
My challenges are measuring all the data of the pieces. Some of the wood pieces’s edges wasn’t exactly 90 degrees so it is hard to measure the data.
What was your impact and/or will you continue with anything from ONEday in the future?
I will try to build a real life dog house for next year. the correct size of a dog house.
here is the pictures: