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September 6, 2018

Humanism 101

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June 11, 2018

Ignite Week 2018: Service Project Upcycle Sprinkler System

Filed under: grade 7,Uncategorized —Tagged — kevin.zhou2 @ 8:41 am

Me and my group members (Michael and Richard) have created a garden sprinkler made out of garden hoses, T connectors, and recycles plastic water bottles. We have strongly believed that our prototype was a success mainly because we have solved two major problems that is currently occurring throughout the world. When we first arrived at the farm, we have noticed that they are lacking the amount of farmers and workers that are currently employed in the farm. They also have tubs of plastic bottles that have not been used, and also will be wasted if thrown away, and will also be harmful to our environment. We then thought of a solution for the plastic bottles, and came up with an idea that if we make a garden sprinkler made out of garden sprinklers that is hung on the roof for watering plants and crops, we can benefit this farm by making this garden sprinkler, which will reduce human labor greatly because it requires less workers to work and do their job. It will also reduce the amount of plastic bottles being wasted and being thrown away. One of the biggest challenges that we have faced so far was when we were working on our 2nd prototype. This was mainly because we were editing and revising the main part of our prototype, which was changing the garden tubes and upgrading the plastic bottles. I feel like the main L21 growth area that was focused in this project is creativity and innovation because we came up with new ideas that can impact our local community.

June 5, 2018

Feed the Future Driving Question

Filed under: Uncategorized —— kevin.zhou2 @ 1:56 am

This unit has made me think more about the growth of population amongst the world and how sustainable food can benefit the future of civilization.
At the start of the 19th century industrial revolution, the human population exploded by more than 65%. Cities have also become more urbanized throughout the years, This was mainly because of the sudden increase of cars, factories, and more. The industrial and economic developments of the industrial revolution also brought significant social changes. It also expanded social inequality like never before. Rich people had good jobs and a good place to live, however, on the other side, the poor and less wealthier people had lives that can be very miserable and no well-balanced because many of them do not have proper jobs, education, and a safe place to live.
The problems with food production these days are mainly focused on environmental, social, and economical impacts. Since the rapid of increase of population over the past years, farming has become more and more difficult due to the amount of people to feed.
I personally believe that the invention of agriculture has brought more cons than pros. Many of the humans that have been thriving on agriculture from the beginning have made the homo sapiens weaker in terms of physical strength when compared to the Neanderthals, when they used to hunt for there food.
50 years from now, I predict that earth will no longer be inhabitable, and humans have begun to find another planet that they can live on. Meanwhile, there will be an organization where they have to counter and at the same time find another home.

February 14, 2018

Kevin’s Colossal race car

Filed under: 1 day,1 day projects —— kevin.zhou2 @ 12:58 am

Kevin’s Colossal car

My first day during mentoring here next to the deign lab was pretty exciting. We planned on how we needed to build the car for the coaster, and what are the best materials.
Goal: I want to make a race car that can be functional when running down the roller coaster track.
1st paragraph: Design process and how you built the car
My main material was Styrofoam. I made the body out of Styrofoam, and I also used straws that attach onto the axels, mainly because when you hot glue the axels onto the car, the wheels will stop spinning. So if you attach straws to the axels after being hot glued, the car wheels would still spin. For my first prototype, I cut multiple pieces of Styrofoam and hot glued them together. For my second prototype, I cut off a smaller part of Styrofoam, and added some weight onto the car by putting a few rocks on the main part. I then used a coca cola can and hot glued it onto my car.

2nd paragraph: Problems or challenges that you face:
For the roller coaster project, we made coaster cars for the roller coaster track. I had three prototypes. However, all three cars did not make it up the first slope. I felt like this was mainly because that both my prototypes were to light, and that the shape made it slow down quite significantly.

3rd paragraph How would you improve your design.
I would improve my design by making a more aerodynamic shape, and changing the mass so that It would go over the first slope. I could also add more stable wheels so that it wouldn’t lose control and fly off the track. I would also rethink and make my prototype more unique next time.

December 14, 2017

Something Interesting

Filed under: grade 7,Phoenix project —— kevin.zhou2 @ 3:40 am

Chengdu vs Datong

June 6, 2016

impact reflection 6-06 16

Filed under: Uncategorized —— kevin.zhou2 @ 1:07 am

I think that the impact unit this year was really successful because I worked hard on my final project and i think this was also an important unit because it helped us learn about the global changes, animal threatens, Politics, health and many more. But i think most importantly, we learned that everyone in this class can make a impact big and small. You just have to try hard enough, and never quit. Our group, me and Felix, wanted to present to 4th grade classes, but they were already full, so we decided to just present to 5JM. When we were at the impact fair, we didn’t need any trifold board, we just needed our computers. We were at the front of the table, but after recess some group took our spot and we only got about 4-5 visitors because we were at the back of the table, hardly and barely noticed. The only visitors we got was from My mom and Felix’s dad, David, Ms.Marquardt, Ms.Philen, and Kenny.
We chose cyber bullying as our impact topic because this was a real problem these days, so we wanted to teach people not to cyber bully. During the impact fair, my computer ran out of battery at the first 20 minutes, so our project was even harder to notice. Even when we were presenting our project at Ms.Marquardt’s room Felix’s computer lagged out when we were about to play the video. And even if our project wasn’t such a big success as we expected it to be, we were proud of our selves that we tried our best and that we finished it on time. Sometimes We admit that we are not really on task, we would get on task at the first 5 minutes. That is how we started and finished our project. And last of all, i think that the impact unit was the best because we learned the most compared to the explorers,Prove it, and human body.

April 22, 2016

Reading Journal # A 22 16

Filed under: Uncategorized —— kevin.zhou2 @ 3:36 am

i have read a book called Wonder and it is about a boy who was born with medical conditions. Everyone tries to make fun of him. so for 7 years, he did not go to school and his mom homeschooled him. That boy was named August. his first day at school has been okay, since it was really short.


April 13, 2016

Human body summary

Filed under: Uncategorized —— kevin.zhou2 @ 12:27 am

for my human body unit i have learned lots of things, the first thing i have learned is about skin and we watched a bill nye video. We also learned about hair, and why it grows. We learned about adolescence and puberty and all the disgusting stuff that all teachers and parents say its normal. And we also did the biggest project of the human body and presented it. The fun part is that we watched a movie called osmosis Jones,

March 11, 2016

timmy failure

Filed under: Uncategorized —— kevin.zhou2 @ 3:36 am

Timmy failure’s family got their name from faylure. They own a company called Greatness, a giant tower.
the entire tower says, offices for rent. But day after day,no one comes to get a job. Timmy’s mom and dad still would not give up even after 123 days. Timmy’s business partner, called total is a 1500 pound polar bear.

January 29, 2016

Diary of a wimpy kid

Filed under: Uncategorized —— kevin.zhou2 @ 3:45 am

Greg Heffley, 12 is a not very ordinary kid. He wants to be Rich and famous, and plays 2 hours of video games each day. Unlike most kids, during the summer kids want to play outside.
However Greg wants to play video games only.

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