Developing Our Attack Moves

For my fight scene, I decided todo it with Ronan. On Wednesday we began to create the combat scene, and both of us were happy with how we began. To start the skit, we kind of just started the scene in how we would want it to be. We applied lots of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu’Jitsu. Muay Thai is more kicking and punching, where as Brazilian Jiu’Jitsu is more ground work, with a lot of locks and pinning. We decided that at the end of the fight we would have Ronan win, so we started with more scenes where he is beating me up. When we finished the class, we decided that we needed to input more parts in the fight where I am beginning to win, but then lose. We also thought that we would need to say more insults at each other whilst we were attacking each other.

 Once we finished and mostly perfected the skit, we were going to show either Ms. Difalco or Ms. Northcott, because both have backgrounds in drama and fighting, so it would meant that they could give us feedback as to where to stand, where the audience would be, what the audience would see and how realistic the fight was. We had a Jiu’Jitsu class, and that was one of the inspirations that we had. The pictures that you see are pictures from the Jiu’Jitsu class that we had.

Beginning The Insults and Fighting

For my Ignite Week this week, I chose to do Bard and Brawl. The audience that we are trying to impress, is the rest of FA. We are trying to impress them by creating a fight scene that incorporates fake attack moves and Shakespearean insults. My inspiration for this project was last year’s ISTA. Last year, I did an ISTA workshop, where we created a fake scenario and some fake fight moves to go with it. I really enjoyed the workshop, and wanted to learn some more about it. This experience is not only giving me some fake moves, but also some real attack moves. We learned a little bit of Muay tai during the first day, and I thought that it was really fun to learn it. Some challenges that might arise during this project, is creating a scene that flows smoothly, and also being able to memorize everything that goes into the fight. If somebody in the partner group fails to remember when they are supposed to do something, somebody could get really injured, or it could look really bad on stage. To overcome these challenges, I think that the only thing that we could do is to practice over and over and over again, so that we learn it quickly and efficiently. This project is something that I think I will really enjoy, and I can’t wait to finalize it.

The Deathly Flips (x3)

During this year’s OneDay, I think that I did a good job at overcoming my fears. This is because I’m deathly scared of flipping into the pool. I spent 10 minutes on the diving board, because I didn’t want to flip, nor did I want to just jump in, because that’s boring. However, because of the encouragement that I got from other students, I finally overcame the fear that I had, and I flipped into the pool. This meant that I could complete my final product, as I had images of all 3 flipping. I learnt that I can do it, and that I have to stop doubting myself, as if you put your mind to something, there is a good chance that I can do it. In the end, I’m really proud of what I did, and I really want to continue diving into the pool and flipping at trampoline parks, because both are really fun. Below is my final product of what I did, going from left to right.

Planning For OneDay

For this OneDay, I chose to participate in the activity Tumble. In Tumble, we are going to create a burst of photos, starting on land, flipping in the air, and then landing in the water. Before OneDay, we had 2 practices, 1 on land and 1 in the water. On land, we practiced rolling on the floor, and in the water we practiced jumping into the water and flipping. Because I was sick that practice I didn’t participate in the practice for the water. Here is a video of the rest of the people practicing in the water.

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Reflecting on Cooking for a Week

Reflecting on the Project

Looking back on the project, I think that I did a good job. In the end, our Iron Chef was considered the best by the judges. Personally, I think that my dish was good because of the tart, but I think that the fries left it down. This is because I think that the fries were slightly soggy, and it didn’t actually help the dish. Instead, it was bad, and if I had left it off of the plate it might have been better.

Reflection on L21 Skills

I think that I did well, and I grew on my L21 focus area for the project. I had chosen creativity, and I wanted to get better at making different things like my tart. Some evidence that I grew was that my tart was something that didn’t only focus on taste, but I made sure that the tart looked more aesthetically pleasing. My tart had many components, including a crunchy element, a creamy element and a base. This lifted my tart and made it not only better but also more creative. I think that this skill will help me in later times, because when people do lots of different things, we have to be creative. You don’t want to have something that looks like everyone else’s, because that is just boring to the teacher and for the student. Creativity will allow me to release something inside of me that is unique. Without creativity, many people will just submit things that are just boring and not cool, therefore this skill of creativity is very important in later years.

Post 3 for Ignite Week

Make-Test-Refine

Because I wasn’t here on Tuesday, I could only make one prototype. The prototype of the tart tasted really good, but it was lacking a crunch element. This meant that the next day I had to bring in something that would taste good with the tart but wouldn’t clash with it. In the end the next day I decided to bring in pine nuts. This lifted the tart up, and in the end, I was really happy with them. One of the biggest challenges that I had was with the fries, because they just stuck to the pan and didn’t taste that good. This meant that I couldn’t get them out, and the other thing was that they were too small, which meant that they burnt. The next day I would have had to chop them thicker, so that they don’t burn. After getting feedback from Ms. Difalco on the tart, I decided to add the crunchy element. That was how the pine nuts came onto the tart. I took the feedback, and then I thought that the tart was really lifted, because it had creamy, crumbly and crunchy elements.

Post 2 for Ignite Week

Materials and Techniques

During this project I will need to use some muffin tins and different ingredients to make the pastry and to make the filling and fries. I will also need a pastry knife, because that makes the pastry faster than by hand. I will also need to bring out some cooking and plating skills, so that I can make the food and make the food look good. I will also try and level up in communication and collaboration, so that me and my group can work together and know what we are doing.

 

Feedback

I got my ideas by just looking online for squash recipes that people just use, so that I could be able to make them as well. I then memorized the recipes (mostly) and figured out that I wouldn’t have some of the ingredients, which meant that I had to modify the recipe for me. This meant that I had to realize that the flavours would change, which meant that there were other things that would be necessary for the tart and the textures would be different. I will test all of the elements to my main dish, by making each element and taste them individually. Then I will taste them all together, and make sure that they taste right, otherwise I will see what changes I can make with the elements, or I will get rid of it if it isn’t essential to the dish.

Post 1 for Ignite Week

What is your Audience?

My audience that we have are the Judges. We have to impress them by cooking many different foods, and the current judges that will show up will be Dr. Hill, Mr, Hurworth and Mr. Schafer.

 

What was the Problem?

One of the problems that we faced was that today, the tart shells baked at different periods of time. This meant that there weren’t 6 perfect tarts, but 2 perfect tarts, 1 overcooked tart and 3 undercooked tarts. This means that next time we have to make sure that we put the tarts in at the middle of the oven (I think). Also, we changed the way that we created the tart. We pureed squash, onion and garlic. Then we crumbled the feta on top, and then we put on some cilantro. Another problem is that we don’t have a crunch element to the feta tart, which means we can roast some things and then add it to the tart.

 

What is your inspiration?

I think that one of my inspirations is MasterChef Australia, because I love watching it so much. Also, they always talk about different textures, and now I realize that I can use that now. Also, I think that another one of my inspirations is just my mother and my father, because they are always cooking, so I want to try and do it.

 

What is Challenging?

However, I think it might be difficult to make sure that everything gets done, because we are one of the only groups that are doing 3 dishes, and that means that we have more prep work then the rest of the group. This means that it could be more stressful, as we have more things that are everywhere in the kitchen.

Why We Shouldn’t Consume Single-Use Plastic

Overview of Project Consume

In FA for the 2nd half of the trimester, we did a project called project consume. Project Consume is about looking at the full journey that a plastic we picked goes through, from oil (extraction), going into a factory (production), being given to shops (distribution), being bought and consumed by people (consumption) before being thrown away (disposal). We had to look at and see if the process that it went through was sustainable, and if not then what would be a more sustainable way. I decided that the process of a milk bottle (plastic HDPE/High Density Polyethylene) was not sustainable, for lots of reasons. We had to create a video that displayed this, and my video was about how the process of plastic is not sustainable. I hoped that when people watched my video, they realized that we have to do more then just recycle, but we have to refuse plastic. Recycling helps, but plastic can be recycled a limited amount of times, before the plastic becomes unsafe to use and low quality.

Feedback Reflection

Many people were surprised that we have small microplastics in our body that are there because of ocean life. These microplastics end up in our body because they go through the food chain: little plankton can eat the small microplastics (or nanoplastics) small fish eat the plankton, bigger fish eat the smaller fish and we eat the big fish! This means that we get plastic in our bodies. I wanted that message to be displayed, because the more we buy the more that will be put in the ocean. This changed many people’s opinion about plastic, and that they don’t want to buy it. If I had to do the video again, I would probably try to make it a bit shorter, but I still liked what I said in the video, as it portrayed a big message.

Reflection to the Driving Question

There is a negative relationship between sustainability and consumption that exists in many forms including the hidden costs associated with extraction and production, the toll of production and disposal on marine life and the environment, and the fact that micro plastics are getting into our water systems and our bodies because of single use plastic. One aspect I found really interesting was the concept of microplastics. Microplastics are the product of plastics breaking down into small pieces. Small fish swallow these microplastics, larger fish eat the smaller fish and we eat the large fish. In the end, we get plastic in our bodies. Humans are still trying to figure out the concept of this, as we are still unsure whether these microplastics can reach a persons liver or kill them. I found that something really interesting, and found that it helped me with my thinking and the relationship between consumption and sustainability. Before this project, I thought that the answer to plastic is to recycle it, or to use other products. Now I think that recycling is the thing that we wish could help us. We can recycle things a limited amount of time, as the more we recycle the worse the plastic gets. The plastic will eventually get into a landfill or a garbage patch, and will stay there for perhaps a thousand years. This means that recycling won’t help, and the only thing we can do is to refuse plastic. If we refuse plastic, then we use less plastic, and can help the environment and us more. I still have a big question about this project. The question is, will we ever get rid of plastic, or is it too late? Do we now consider the plastic as a need now? And in the end, will the plastic be the thing that ends the world, because it was too late and we couldn’t go back?

Trading With a Bunch of Other Countries – Project Trade Up

Some interesting things that I learned about were about tariffs, trading (in general) and also about boundaries for trade. When we learnt about tariffs, I was really confused, because I didn’t know why people would put taxes on imported goods. I soon understood that people can put tariffs on goods that are being imported into their country or exported to earn money. In our trade war called Chicken Friction, the USA lost 246 million dollars after France and Germany put a tariff on chickens. To get money back the USA put a tariff on goods that were coming into America, so that they could get their money back from the European countries. This meant that people could get money both ways off of tariffs. When we played Catan during the unit, it was one of the first time I was actually looking at how trading affected people. Resources travelled easier between people who had alliances. Because of that, it meant that people were successful, because alliances let resources flow easier between them. Trading was also very key, but the problem was that barriers to trade tend to make it much harder for everyone. When we watched the Opium Wars series, I saw how barriers in trade worked out. This is because China was the only place that had things in high demand, including tea. Britain was very far away from China, which was the first barrier to trade. The only problem was that China had so much rules on trade. They also only had certain ports and places where foreigners could dock, and also where they could trade with the Chinese.This meant that it was very hard for the British to get resources, which was a barrier to trade. I learnt that there were so many barrier to trades that exist in the world currently, including different currencies, different governments and so much more. This stops people from trading, and it was one of the biggest things that I learnt in this project. The driving question impacts me and my community, because the government has to meet all of the societies needs and wants to be able to survive. For example, in the final trade conference, if we met our people’s wants and needs, we would be given extra points, because we were making our people happy. How happy your citizens are is very important. Societies also have to address all of the societies needs. If you can’t meet society needs and wants, then that means that you won’t have people who will back you up, and you don’t have people who will be well enough to survive. This impacts us and our communities, because if we live in a place permanently it means that we trust the government and the services that they have there are meeting our expectations. Looking back on Project Trade Up, I realize that the most important thing about this unit was being able to collaborate with each other, and trusting your team mates to do the work. Sometimes this was very successful, because people would work together very well. Sometimes we had an argument and didn’t get a lot of work done. This is something that we can learn again in the future, because collaboration is very important. However, a big question I still have is why do trade wars start? Do most trade wars just happen because another country dislikes or wants money from another place, so they place a tariff on them? Why does this happen?