Pingyao Reflection– Food, Fun, and Friends

List three things you learnt during the two train rides (not necessarily about the train).

  1. The trains are a lot longer than expected and very smooth.
  2. About selected Pingyao Site Descriptions through the E-Book.
  3. About the You Jian Pingyao Theatre Performance through the E-Book.

What are two things you learned by the end of this trip?

  1. Pingyao has many different traditional foods.
  2. When traveling, it’s very helpful to have a pin of your destination at all times.

What were the successful aspects of the Pingyao Challenge for your group?

  1. We tried many new foods.
  2. We talked to the people in Pingyao.

The funniest moment on the trip was:

  1. When we got lost on the first night and needed to wait for Miss. Mai to find us.

What was the most challenging aspect of the trip?  

  1. Slowly learning to navigate through Pingyao on our own.

How did you deal with this challenge?

  1. Through trial and error, experience, and planning our route, we finally got the hang of it by the end.

Describe the most memorable experience you had in Pingyao.

  1. During free time on the first night, buying souvenirs for my family.

What recommendations would you make for the trip next year?

  1. The Wall Walk after the second activity was good to bring the groups together, but not very engaging. It was mostly just walking, and we didn’t learn much about Pingyao on it.
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Polymer Journal #3

There are 2 pages!

OPENING UP A restaurant by Kelly Wong

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Polymer Journal #2

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Polymer Project Journal #1


Work Citations:

Bradford, Alina. “What Is a Polymer?” LiveScience, Purch, 13 Oct. 2017,

“Unsafe Slime? How Bad Is Borax, Really?” The Chronicle Flask, 28 Dec. 2018,

Francois, Carol, and Bronwyn Harris. “How Is Nylon Made?” WiseGEEK, Conjecture Corporation, 3 Apr. 2019,

“Nylon – The Science of Synthetic Textiles.” Explain That Stuff, 31 Jan. 2019,

“Polyester.” How Products Are Made,

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Underneath the Outer Shell

Ray Bradbury once famously said, “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them”. Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel that helps paint a picture of what the world would be like without books. Books are illegal in this society, from belief that all books do is cause harm and conflict. Therefore, it’s the firemen’s duties to burn them. However, the main character, Montag, struggles with some decisions when his thoughts clash with society. People want to keep thinking to a minimum; but, Clarisse is different in this case. In the story Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the characterization of the supporting character, Clarisse, shows that a different personality lies underneath her “antisocial” shell.

Clarisse’s constant look of hunger and curiosity on her bright, beautiful face comes off as peculiar and isolated; however, on the inside she is perceptive and scrutinises every little detail. When Clarisse is first introduced, her appearance immediately catches peoples’ attention by surprise when they notice a quality in her that most people don’t possess: “Her face fragile milk crystal with a soft and constant light in it. It was… the strangely comfortable and rare and gently flattering light of the candle” (Bradbury 11). In contrast to most people who uphold a very thoughtless and lacklustre lifestyle, Clarisse casts a very intriguing image. Just the way her eyes flicker and absorb every little detail make peoples’ heads turn. To Montag, she’s a breath of fresh hair; however, for others, maybe she’s a little too different. Before getting to know her, even Montag is taken aback by her direct interest in things and exclaims, “‘You are an odd one’… ‘You think too many things’” (12-13). People are so used to the way society has set things that anything different is interpreted as abnormal. This makes it challenging for Clarisse to live without people finding her actions unusual. Clarisse even said herself, “I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix” (33). Underneath all of her “quirkiness”, Clarisse’s actions speak strongly about how she feels on the inside: “‘I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sunrise’” (11). Clarisse would rather think than stay cooped inside her home watching television, and that’s what many people miss. This is why after getting to know her better, Montag finds that Clarisse provides a fresh point of view on life, because she is thoughtful and imaginative. In conclusion, Clarisse, a beautiful yet confusing girl, puzzles the people around her with her unusual and detailed behaviour.

Personally, I can connect to Clarisse. When I went to a dance summer camp in England, at times I felt like I was different. They liked different foods, music, etc. Not to mention I looked physically different than everyone else. At first I felt a little lonely because I can seem a little introverted in front of new people sometimes. I came off as a little odd (that I flew 14 hours to England, that I’ve been in the same school since I was 3, etc.) compared to them, but once they warmed up to me, they realized I was more outgoing and comfortable.

Image Citation: Kowalczyk, Piotr. “50 Motivating Quotes about Books and Reading.” Ebook Friendly, Ebook Friendly, 31 Aug. 2017,

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Cracked Underneath

The Lacemaker and the Princess, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is a historical fiction novel about the events that unfolded during the French Revolution. In the book, there are two main characters: Isabelle and Thérèse. Isabelle is a poor lacemaker in the Third Estate, and Thérèse is the King’s daughter, living in luxury. Both of them face many problems, regardless of their social classes. In this diagram I tried to show, Isabelle’s struggles with picking a side when she is spending so much time with both classes, and Thérèse’s fight for the love and comfort of her mother.

Like what I made? I made it in Sketchbook

Marble Picture Citation: “Marble.” Spice Spice Baby,

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The Collapsed Chaotic Bloodbath

People called him Quentin Dechambeau. He was born twice. First as a 14-year-old strongminded, unwavering, fighter. Fighting for the justice, equality, and freedom of the Third Estates. Then again as a 20-year-old witness of deaths, drowning in fear and guilt. This is his story of pain, passion, and tragedy.

The French Revolution. Years of starvation, blood, and war. While a lot of things stayed the same, many things changed. France was started off ruled by an absolute monarch, and ended up with an Emperor; however, the two weren’t very different. Also, the revolution was a fight for equality, but many people still suffered from inequality. There was still a difference between the rich and the poor, and many people were left starving. France’s economy depended deeply on its agriculture, and people were continued to struggle with successful harvests. On the other hand, the French Revolution started off ruled by the despised King Louis XVI, an absolute monarch. Over the course of the revolution, France was taken over by the National Convention, the Committee of Public Safety, the Directory, etc. which implemented a lot of new things in France. For example, the new constitution. It played a major role in the changes of the revolution. The constitution created freedom, liberty, and equality for the Third Estates, like the right to vote. Additionally, the revolution greatly affected people’s outlooks on religion. Many people developed humanist thoughts that linked ideas like God and absolute monarchy together. In conclusion, the French Revolution faced many changes like religion and freedom, but also remained similar in some ways.

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The Bloody Walk to Liberty

“Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.” ― Jennifer Donnelly. 

Images of the French Revolution may flash in your head at first thought, but death and violence occurred for certain reasons. When a revolution occurs, it means something needs to be changed. France went through many problems that sparked up the French Revolution. This video highlights the major events and turning points of the French Revolution. Starting with unsatisfied peasants, to the execution of the royal family, and ending with an emperor. Things such as deficit spending, increased tax rates, and poor harvests played major roles in the cause of the French Revolution. Some might argue on the success of the revolution; but, that’s up to their interpretation. Now it’s your turn. Watch the video down below to see if you think the French Revolution was a success, or failure.

Photo Citation:

McIlvenna, Una. “Even More Vicious Than Marie Antoinette’s Death Were the Songs About It.”, A&E Television Networks, 16 Oct. 2018,

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Crabbo Patto Robot

Our biggest obstacle was making the pinchers move. It was hard to attach the wire in such a way that it pulled the pincher correctly. When the wire was attached incorrectly, it pulled the arm of the crab so that it bent. We had to add another layer of cardboard to the arm so that it wouldn’t bend.

Our biggest success was the body and arms of the crab. Our measurements were well planned and accurate, and we finished the majority of the crab in the first few classes. The pieces were well attached and strong, and we used hot glue on the edges of the pieces to give them more support.

Overall, I think this product was successful because the color was bold and eye-catching, the structure of the crab was neat and strong, and the movements of the crab worked well every time during the exhibition.

One piece of advice I would give a future group doing this project is to allocate roles to each person. When one person is creating the robot, the other should be coding. This ensures no time is wasted when waiting for the other partner to finish.

Design Process:


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Where in Our Solar System Should NASA Focus Future Missions?

NASA should focus its future missions on exploring Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.

Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, has almost all the ingredients needed to support life as we know it on Earth. Scientists also have a developing idea of the what type of life Enceladus might possibly contain. Currently, they think it could be bacteria, but in the future, they might discover something bigger.

Consequently, NASA should focus their future missions on Enceladus because it has a high possibility of being able to inhabit life. Adding on, the Cassini spacecraft cannot detect life on new. This is yet another reason NASA needs to put more effort to explore Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.

Picture Citation:

“Enceladus with Saturn.” Our Planet,

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