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.

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Marble Picture Citation: “Marble.” Spice Spice Baby, www.spicespicebaby.com/2016469-tips-to-manage-toddler-nutrition-when-traveling/marble/.

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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.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 16 Oct. 2018, www.history.com/news/marie-antoinette-death-myths-execution-ballads.

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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:

Inspirations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMXXmAdewAk&list=PLgQdJuIOa1I-BR5raOzgRtllPotGTNa_2&index=9&t=0s

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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, ourplnt.com/song-saturn-enceladus/enceladus-saturn/.

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Octagonal Shelving Unit

This year for One Day, I made a shelving unit to fill the empty space in my room. This project let me experience using many new tools such as a compound miter saw (chop saw).

Some challenges I faced during the creating process was the size and shape of my shelving unit. As I continued to work, I made some changes. I realised a 22.5º angle was incorrect and that instead of having six sides per shape, each shelf ended up having eight sides instead. My measurements were also too big, so I reduced the length of each piece of wood from 21 cm in length, to 15 cm. There were some problems with the design along the way, but in the end, they were fixed and the design was improved.

Some successes of my project were using the compound miter saw. I learned how to match up the laser to my pencil marks, how to adjust the angles, etc. The shelf ended being pretty sturdy and held itself up.

Next time, if I did something differently, I would cut my wood pieces for the first shape and check if it worked, and then make the rest of the pieces. When I was cutting my pieces, I didn’t realise that the angles were wrong and I cut all 20 pieces. Because of that, I had to re-cut all my pieces to a reduced length.

Here are some pictures of my process:

Cutting wood pieces

Laying out one shape

Gluing all pieces together

Gluing all three shapes together and then clamping them

Final product

 

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This year for One Day, I made a shelving unit to fill the empty space in my room. This project let me experience using many new tools such as a compound miter saw (chop saw).

Some challenges I faced during the creating process was the size and shape of my shelving unit. As I continued to work, I made some changes. I realised a 22.5º angle was incorrect and that instead of having six sides per shape, each shelf ended up having eight sides instead. My measurements were also too big, so I reduced the length of each piece of wood from 21 cm in length, to 15 cm. There were some problems with the design along the way, but in the end, they were fixed and the design was improved.

Some successes of my project were using the compound miter saw. I learned how to match up the laser to my pencil marks, how to adjust the angles, etc. The shelf ended being pretty sturdy and held itself up.

Next time, if I did something differently, I would cut my wood pieces for the first shape and check if it worked, and then make the rest of the pieces. When I was cutting my pieces, I didn’t realise that the angles were wrong and I cut all 20 pieces. Because of that, I had to re-cut all my pieces to a reduced length.

Here are some pictures of my process:

Cutting wood pieces

Laying out one shape

Gluing all pieces together

Gluing all three shapes together and then clamping them

Final product

 

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One Day Design Process

This year for my One Day project, I will be making a shelf. I’ve always been interested in doing hands-on projects where I can learn new skills and attempt things outside my comfort zone. Last year, I had experience with wood working when making a table for my mom; however, I had a lot of assistance and guidance. My goal this year is to be more independent with my project.

My room has a lot of bare walls, and I’ve never found anything to fill up the emptiness. I feel that shelves help fill up space, and can be decorated with an individual’s personal style. I wanted to go for less of a standard design, and more for a geometric design. These were my inspirations:

    

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I ended up deciding on the hexagonal shelf because I felt that it was within my ability levels, but also a different project to something I’ve done before. This is my design plan:

 

Short description:

My design is made up of 18 pieces of wood with a 22.5º angle. The parts are connected by wood glue. My design plan includes the front view of the shelf with measurements, as well as the specific measurements of each piece of wood.

 

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The Pale Blue Dot

Claim: The Pale Blue Dot is more inspiring and humbling than the Hubble Deep Field.

Evidence: NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft captured an image of Earth from a record distance of 3.7 billion miles. 

Reasoning: In the Pale Blue Dot, it shows a perspective of Earth billions of miles away through space. The narrator shows us how every family, religion, ideology, creator, destroyer, explorer, etc. can exist on something so tiny. It helps us visualise the size of Earth compared to the vast universe, and how Earth is just a small speck of dust in a vast cosmic arena. The Pale Blue Dot is also very inspiring because it shows us the value Earth holds despite its size. This little speck of dust, is the only world known so far to harbour life and it is currently where we make our stand. We have the ability to visit other worlds, but for now, Earth is the only inhabitable world for our species. In conclusion, the Pale Blue Dot is more inspiring than the Hubble Deep Field because it shows us the significance of our home and its irrelevance to its size. 

Photo Citation:

Fernand, Jeremy. “The Pale Blue Dot.” Random Ramblings, 22 Oct. 2015, randomlybeingme.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/the-pale-blue-dot/.

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One Step at a Time

                               

I chose Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, to use in my multimedia post. In the story, Ari struggles through pain, love, and isolation; however, later in the story, he unearths his identity and what he is worth. The envelope is a symbol in the story, and it relates to Ari’s actions and thoughts. He’s always too anxious to face the envelope, and it displays in his actions as well. He never opens up to anyone, and he doesn’t who he is; however, when he finally uncovers the envelope, Ari understands who he truly is, and what he loves. On the front cover, I chose to use a dark blue as the background, to signify that the world is so gloomy and daunting. Next, surrounding the envelope is a luminous glow. The light represents the importance of opening yourself up (and as a symbol, opening up the envelope), and how that can take you out of the gloomy and daunting world. On the back cover, I drew a dotted line leading up to a light in the bottom corner. The line represents a timeline of different situations Ari goes through, and how his brother’s envelope symbolizes that he’s too afraid to open up. In the end, the envelope reaches the light, and it is because Ari has finally learned his identity.

*All artwork done by me expect envelope*

Photo Citation:

“9-1/2 x 12-1/2 Manila Envelopes, Catalog Envelope, Open End Envelopes.” Www.supplyways.com, www.supplyways.com/9-5-x-12-5-Manila-Envelope-Catalog-Envelope-p/us912cm28.htm.

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